March 13, 2013
I recently upgraded to an EM-5 with the 12mm - 50mm, f3.5 lens and was extremely satisfied with the results. To my surprise the photos with this new lens had greater clarity and depth than the zoom lens that came with the camera. Plus the low f-stop enables really fast shutter speeds! Wish I could attach the photo of the bumblebee in flight with wings frozen. I am still exploring / learning with this lens and look forward to some excelent results in the future. The only drawback I see is that the effective 90mm focal length may be useful for portraits but not as much so for landscape photos. Guess I will start saving up for the more expensive 12mm lens.
February 24, 2013
The M.45mm F1.8 was the first prime lens that I have bought to fit with my EP-3 camera two years ago. And it was precisely the overall performance of this lens that has convinced me to invest further in the M4/3 system.
The M.45mm F1.8 remind me closely the pleasure of using my ex-90mm F2.8 Tele-Elmarit some twenty years ago as a all-around short telephoto lens. For that matter I have chosen to add the lens hood that just to remind me the first purpose of the lens (telephoto).
Medium portrait results are outstanding with moderate creamy background. But the lens can be used as a long "normal" lens for everyday picture taking. It compress moderately the foreground and the background subjects for interesting landscape or "urbanscape".
Because of its plastic construction the lens is very light and as I already said the M.45mm is very small.
For the selling price point don't prevent yourself to bring one in your...pocket since you don't need to have a gadget bag to do so!
January 16, 2013
It is hard to find any fault with this lens. No lens is perfect wide open, but this is as good as any. For the inexpensive asking price it is a true bargain, and opens up portrait images with nicely blurred backgrounds. Fast AF is welcome, as is the silent operation. Only complaint is the removable ring for the hood (not included) - I find it occasionally slips off during handling.
I take this lens everywhere I can!
June 22, 2012
Out of the box on my OM-D, beautiful portraits great bokeh, kind of magical!
May 31, 2012
This is it! The absolute must have for M43 user. Sharp, beautiful portraits, creamy bokeh!
May 14, 2012
Great portrait lens. Fast focusing too. Love the bokeh.
April 05, 2012
Frank in NOLA
this is one great little compact lens. gives real nice quality pictures and fast. i just wished they had kept the raised red dot so when in low light or night light one can find the mount point like the 4/3 lens
March 22, 2012
I've been waiting for a fast aperture portrait lens for micro four thirds, and this is it! Focus is snappy even on a first generation PEN, and the pictures are amazing. Great contrast, detail, smooth bokeh, and excellent color rendition. I would recommend this lens heartily for anyone.
March 05, 2012
if you are considering this lens! STOP and buy it. if you never consider this before! You should start considering.
this lens has wonderful creamy bokeh and super sharp even in widest aperture.