July 14, 2014
My current kit includes an M.75mm f1.8 and a M.12-40mm f2.8 PRO. Although they do the job extremely well, I was stuck in situations where I wanted the shallow depth of field to not be too shallow. I tried achieving that with an M.12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens, however, I felt I was unable to get the desired effect.
The M.25mm f1.8 lens is fast, compact, provides sharp pictures and is generally the lens I leave on the camera on most times. I was tempted to get the Panasonic 25mm f1.4, but did not feel the need to dole out extra $$$ for the slightly larger aperture. Lastly, I did not purchase this from Olympus as their deals and promotions are not as attractive as some of the other retailers. I would have gladly submitted pictures to this review, but I am unsure if the website permits that in the review section.
March 26, 2014
Don't wait that long to purchase this lens.
This review is based on print enlargements from the lens, not pixel peeping. I have had produced 16x20 enlargements from this lens.
Contrast is nicely predominate. Sharpness is very good even at f1.8. Bokeh is very good, and pleasant blown up, looks natural.
Compared to the other brand f1.4 lens, worth every penny even though 2/3 stop less light. I'll be using this lens more after seeing stunning results.
I also have a 30mm lens for MFT. This lens takes pictures like a nifty fifty on a 35mm full frame camera. 30mm is a little tight. As far as I am concerned this lens is just right if you are looking for that field of view.
There are comparison review sites out there comparing the 2 lens leaders, and pretty much same lens, with a premium for 2/3 of a stop. This wins the prize for more affordability.
The pictures pop from this lens, just like the 45mm f1.8. I am fairly sure someone might just share this opinion.