59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely spectacular! Expensive but worth the price.,
This review is from: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 (Silver) Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras (Camera)
I started purchasing an Olympus micro four thirds camera kit back when the Olympus E-P1 first arrived. I also use larger DSLR cameras for work but I wanted something smaller with similar image quality and the micro four thirds (m4/3) cameras deliver just that. What really makes these cameras great are the lenses. I've been looking for a fast telephoto prime for the micro four thirds and the 75mm f/1.8 prime lens is exactly the lens I was looking for.
This gives you the equivalent of a 150mm lens since the m4/3 cameras have a 2x crop factor effectively doubling the focal length of the lens. What makes this lens so great is the fact that it's extremely sharp from edge to edge even when wide open at the f/1.8 aperture. Yes, it gets even sharper if you stop it down to a more reasonable f/2.8 but most people who want this lens want to use that bright 1.8 setting. In terms of image quality, I would say this lens gives me similar results to the Canon EF II 85mm 1.2 L lens on a APS-C crop sensor DSLR when used at f/1.8 onward. The biggest difference is that the Olympus 75mm 1.8 doesn't cost as much as the Canon 85mm 1.2 and the Olympus lens focuses faster (particularly on the latest m4/3 cameras).
Not only that, but the Olympus 75mm is a surprisingly compact lens. It's only slightly bigger than my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G lens for my Nikon DSLRs and smaller than my Nikon 85mm 1.8 G lens. This makes it one of the largest prime lenses available for micro four thirds cameras, but it's not huge by DSLR standards.
Getting back to image quality, there is a hint of chromatic aberration or "purple fringing" on high-contrast edges when you shoot wide open (or nearly wide open) but it's VERY minimal and only appears at maximum magnification. In other words, you won't see any optical issues in your images when viewed as prints or when viewed at screen resolution in an online image gallery.
The only "complaint" I have about this lens is the fact that "most" people using m4/3 cameras are looking for more affordable lens options. For example, the Nikon 85mm 1.8 G lens is arguably similar to this lens (only with plastic construction instead of metal) but the Nikon lens costs roughly half the price of this lens. However, as I said before the Olympus 75mm is closer to the Canon 85mm 1.2 in terms of optical performance and build quality so it makes sense that this lens isn't cheap.
Bottom line, the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens is a fabulous compliment to the micro four thirds system of lenses and it belongs in your kit if you're looking for the best compact telephoto prime that you can find for the m4/3 mount.
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