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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 (Black) Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
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- 150mm equivalent field of view
- Minimum focusing Distance : 0.84 m , Focal Length : 75 mm
- Fast maximum f/1.8 aperture, great for low-light or indoor sports shooting
- Great for portraits, All metal construction
- Olympus exclusive "Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical" lens coating throughout, Special all metal lens hood and cap optionally available
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||LH-61F (Optional)|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 2.52 x 2.72 inches|
|Item Weight||0.67 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.84 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||75 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||75 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||75 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||10|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.8 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Micromotor||Micromotor||Stepper motor|
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|Item Weight||0.67 lb||—||—||0.94 lb|
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|Maximum Focal Length||75 millimeters||45 millimeters||150 millimeters||43 millimeters|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||37 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters|
A new, bright, f1.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens. Perfect for portraits and challenging lighting conditions. New M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 High-Grade Portrait Lens Enhances the Power, Performance and Versatility of Olympus OM-D and PEN Compact System Cameras.
Top Customer Reviews
This lens is insanely sharp, corner to corner, wide open. That is a pretty amazing thing to accomplish.
The bokeh is excellent. Color fringing in out of focus areas is well controlled (controlled, not absent).
Wide open, as one would expect, contrast is slightly lower, but image is still extremely sharp. Loss of contrast is minimal compared to most lenses in this class.
It does cost a fair bit. In my book well worth it.
Finally, to answer some of the typical criticisms:
"Why isn't it half the price like the 45/1.8" - The 45/1.8 is a very nice lens and a great value. The 75/1.8 is definitely higher quality. I've shot them side by side wide open. The 45/1.8 is going soft in the corners, the 75/1.8 is still sharp in the corners. They are two different lenses with different levels of optical quality and thus different prices.
"It is only F/1.8, expensive glass should be 1.4 or 1.2" - Well, this is meant for m43. It should be compact and lightweight. To me Olympus did this perfectly. It is an F/1.8 lens that is wickedly sharp all the way to F/1.8. If you compare to similar F/1.4 and F/1.2 lenses in other formats there the optical quality degrades wide open and yet the lens is much larger to allow for the wider maximum aperture. I prefer the Olympus approach - only go to F/1.8 to keep the size down but make the lens perfect all the way to F/1.8.
"I can adapt cheaper 85/1.8 lenses, this is too expensive" - I can say with confidence, there is absolutely no legacy 85mm lens in existence that sells for less than this lens that is as sharp at 1.8. You can get a lens that is cheaper and it will be noticeably softer at 1.8. Or you can get a lens that might be as sharp but it will cost as much or more even in the used market.
"It is really a F/3.6 lens in 35mm terms of depth of field" - Indeed. Who cares. If you find vanishingly shallow DoF portraits with one eyelash in focus to be your thing don't get a micro-four-thirds camera. Better still, skip 35mm and go straight to MF. While your at it get a nice pair of hipster glasses and some black clothes to go with your tired photographic trope ;)
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.