April 26, 2013 by Jeff
Superb lens -- macro, portrait, or general purpose
In combination with my E-620, this "portrait" length DSLR lens delivers the highest resolution and best ergonomics I have ever experienced. In fact, if you can forego zoom capability, it will probably become your default lens. More information is available at dpreview.com.
July 21, 2012 by Ckraft
My GO-TO Lense
I have used this lense for almost 2 years. I love the fact I can take pictures in low light without a flash. I have other lenses but it seems this is the one I tend to use the most. It does take some getting used to if you are used to a zoom lense but it is worth it.
March 5, 2012 by BobTech
Excellent macro/portrait lens
I love photographing flowers, small creatures and technical things in detail. I read many rave reviews about this lens and I haven't been disappointed by its optical performance. The pictures from it are very sharp and clean. However on my E-520, the autofocus often 'hunts' back and forth through the correct focus point. If I manually focus close to that point then switch it back to autofocus, it usually locks OK. Also it focuses fairly slowly and noisily. I still think it's a great lens and I recommend it.
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March 1, 2012 by Melcuellar
What a beautiful lens!
I've bought this lens for it's typical properties which are mainly for macro and portrait photography. Up to now, I am impressed EVERY time of the results! The depth, perspective and quality are somewhat not comparable to a standard lens. Of course, since that it is a 50mm, you have to be ready to "walk around" your subject instead of using a tripod, but the image stabilisator of Olympus camera combined with this lens will create a clear, sharped edge and wonderful picture without an difficulties! I will recommend this one in a heartbeat!
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September 7, 2011 by Ashley
This lens just makes everything better
I had been using my Olympus E-500 body for about 3-4 years with the provided kit lenses. While I love those lenses and what they have given me in the past, I desperately wanted something that would give me that gorgeous bokeh that comes with a smaller depth of field. I also wanted something that I could use indoors more successfully without a flash (although my Olympus Fl 36-R flash, bought at the same time, helped out majorly as a bounce flash) My expectations were exceeded in every way possible, and this lens is a dream to use! So much so, that it has hardly left my camera body since. It does have a harder time focusing in the dark or on darker objects sometimes, but that can all be excused for the gorgeous pictures it has given me. The bokeh is stunning, and the sharp images it takes blows the kit lenses out of the water, imo. I don't know how I have lived without this lens, seriously. It takes a little getting used to because it seems so close to the subject when you look through the viewfinder and the fact that it doesn't zoom, but I wouldn't give it up for anything :) The first full model photo shoot I used it for, I was blown away. My model, who was also a photographer, kept wanting to look at the images I was taking, because she was so jealous how incredible the images were turning out. It has been invaluable for every photoshoot I've done, and it is truly my most treasured piece of photo equipment. I cannot believe this lens isn't priced twice as expensively as it is.
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