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Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm F1.8 (Black) Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
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- Fast portrait lens
- Minimum focusing distance : 0.20m, Focal Length : 45 mm
- Maximum f/1.8 aperture, great for low light shooting, f/1.8 maximum aperture delivers beautiful defocused backgrounds
- Quiet Movie-Still-Compatible lens drive for video shooting
- Optional LH-40B lens hood for shooting in bright conditions
- Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 shutter speed stops of correction.
- Ring USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms for fast auto focusing with a minimal focusing distance of 0.20m.
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Olympus 45mm f1.8 Interchangeable Lens for Olympus/Panasonic Micro Cameras
The 45mm f1.8 is a very fast, very light portrait lens that is compact in size and affordably priced. It's designed to excel in low-light conditions, deliver outstanding detail with shallow depth of field, and capture beautiful pro-level quality portraits.
Photographers who shoot a lot of portraits and still-lives are always seeking good bokeh. Thanks to the large f1.8 aperture and relatively shallow depth of field, the 45mm is well suited to capture the combination of tack-sharp subjects and beautifully soft, defocused background effects that exemplifies bokeh.
This compact and light telephoto lens is the ideal focal length for perfect portraits. It's bright, f1.8 aperture offers superb low-light and shallow depth-of-field performance, allowing you to capture perfect, professional looking shots.
Movie-Still Compatible (MSC)
The linear drive motor found in the M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 is Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) and provides fast, nearly silent focusing and aperture performance; a must-have for any videographer.
Adapted from multilayer film deposition technology used in Olympus' industry-leading line of precision microscopes, the Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical Coating practically eliminates ghosts and flares caused by in-frame light sources. This feature in invaluable when shooting into the sun or other back-lit situations.
Bright f1.8 Aperture
A bright f1.8 aperture allows you to focus on getting the shot. Whether you're shooting in a dimly lit restaurant, or capturing a night-scene on city streets, you won't have to worry about having enough light.
Serious Hand-Held Performance
Paired with the serious in-body image stabilization of the Olympus OM-D or PEN-F cameras, this extremely bright f1.8 lens allows you to shoot longer hand-held exposures, which is especially handy for night-time photography.
|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||LH-40B|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.2 x 1.81 inches|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.50 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||45 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||45 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||45 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||9|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||37 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||27 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.25 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Micro Four Thirds||—||Micro Four Thirds||Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||—||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Micromotor||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 1.81 x 2.2 in||1.97 x 1.97 x 1.97 in||2.2 x 1.61 x 2.2 in||3.23 x 3.23 x 4.41 in||2.52 x 2.72 x 2.52 in||2.2 x 3.23 x 2.2 in|
|Item Weight||—||4.09 ounces||4.8 ounces||7.84 ounces||0.67 lb||6.56 ounces|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||fixed-non-zoom||Prime lens||all-in-one-zoom||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||45 millimeters||45 millimeters||25 millimeters||25 millimeters||75 millimeters||60 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||45 millimeters||45 millimeters||25 millimeters||25 millimeters||75 millimeters||60 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||37 millimeters||37 millimeters||46 millimeters||—||58 millimeters||46 millimeters|
This single focal length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field, which enables the background blurring effects not possible with the 14-42mm kit Fixed lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.
Top customer reviews
The kit lens that came with my Olympus OMD-E-M5 is a 12-50mm / f3.5-6.3 and I'm very satisfied with it. Except at the long end (50mm) the largest aperture is the f/6.3 - which in low-lighting just doesn't cut it.
Also, there is the problem that a zoom lens - at least one I can afford - is never going to be as sharp and contrasty as a good fixed length lens. And baby, does this 45mm from Olympus show it in spades!
As an added benefit, this is a tiny lens! At least compared to the kit lens. For anyone with a micro-four thirds mount and a smallish body, this lens is a great addition.
The only caveat is that being made by Olympus and intended for their bodies, it doesn't include image stabilization. So if you're a Pany user, be forewarned. Otherwise this lens is a real keeper - and it's relatively inexpensive (as lens go).
This lens should not be your first choice if you're looking for your first four thirds lens. For this you should get an "all-around use" wide angle lens (see the ultra high rated Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7). Keep in mind that this 45mm lens in four thirds has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 90mm. Thus you will not use this lens to take pictures of objects you are standing close to.
Why buy this lens? I bought this lens to accompany my Olympus OM-D EM-5 (highly recommended) for the purpose of taking portraits as well as telephoto uses (such as taking a National Geographic quality shot of a possibly rabid raccoon up high in a tree). The wide aperture of this lens easily allows you to take well-exposed photos with a blurred background effect. Also the combination of the huge lens and wide aperture allows you to take pictures without a flash in extreme low light conditions (almost like night vision... totally Splinter Cell style). The auto focus is fast and precise but it's kind of fun to manual focus with the easy to grip large ring.
Most importantly the photo quality is incredible. I'm big into shooting outdoor scenes and often have people ask where I "got my pictures from" as if they came from the internet. But, if you're into taking pictures of people instead of nature, you could buy this lens, spend one afternoon training yourself on its use and subsequently be qualified to make money shooting wedding photos.
Between DX, FX, and u4/3 systems, I prefer either the DOF of FX or u4/3. I feel like DX is a compromise between the two that I don't appreciate anymore. If you want super shallow DOF, you'll need FX. For example, an 85mm F1.4 or 135mm F2.
But for casual shots at a party, you may want the larger DOF that u4/3 provides. You can shoot this wide open at F1.8 and rely on Olympus' amazingly good facial recognition and get sharp eyes. With FX, you need much better technique, time, patience, and shot discipline to get similar results.
Olympus can make taking single person portraits very easy for you - here's how:
(1) Turn on Facial Recognition Near Eye (I believe Near Eye is the default)
(2) Set Auto-ISO, max 1600 with minimum shutter speed 1/200s.
(3) Shoot in either Aperture Priority or Manual with aperture of F1.8.
(Note: At F1.8, the camera will likely be at max shutter speed anyways, 1/4000 or 1/8000)