April 4, 2015 by Bruce
It doesn't get any better
The only lens I can compare this to in a past life is the Nikon 35mm DX f/1.8. Like that bargain it is small, light, fast and scary sharp. Fits in a small pocket and renders fine color and detail. Pair it with an E-M1 in low light and you can take almost any picture; also good on an E-M10.
April 2, 2015 by Duhg
Great all around lens
With the equivalent focal length of a 50mm in 35mm terms, this lens delivers great sharpness in a standard lens.
March 26, 2015 by Manish Vanjara
Sharp, well built, excellent lens for street, portrait and low light
This is an amazingly sharp lens. Paired with an OMD, it is well balanced and becomes the classic favourite focal length of 50mm. In my portfolio, I find a lot of people end up liking pictures shot with this lens as their favourite. And it is easy to understand the reason - it has great colours, sharpness, and contrast. It is very good for low light as well. Even wide open at f1.8, the pictures are very sharp and pleasant. It has become my go-to lens for street photography. It is very well built. It focuses fast with my OMD-EM10. Even in low light. Yes I recommend this lens to my friends.
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January 13, 2015 by Michael
Small, fast, sharp, and more
I just got this thing, and instantly attached myself to it. This is a really good combination of a lens--small, light, relatively inexpensive, fast aperture, high resolution, good color transmission, focuses pretty close (there is also a macro adapter in a really tight pinch), and balances well on my E- M1 as well as my new PEN E-PL7. Doesn't scare people like my 12-40mm f2.8 pro does either, so I can get away with more pics! Also, the gods from Olympus have finally given us a lens hood to go with the lens--finally! (Should I see that as a $40 discount?) I can not really think of any huge drawbacks concerning this as a normal prime lens on a modest budget. If you like normal FL primes, this is hard not to like. Ok, selfies. It's too long of a focal length for a good selfie. My big head is the only thing I see in the frame when I use it. Get a m4/3 17mm or wider for selfies. It's also not the sharpest lens I've seen, but it's sharp enough that unless you have flawless handling with low ISO, it'll be you and not the lens as the limiting sharpness factor. This is my new standard bearer for a casual walk around lens. Just add an additional lens or two in my bag and I'm pretty much set for most situations. Can't believe I waited this long to get it.
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August 9, 2014 by Colombo
No regrets for the past,for me small is beautiful.
After using Nikon (D300/D700) and Sony (NEX-7/A7r) now I use only Olympus. Two body OM-D E-M5: one OM-D E-M5 with 25mm F1.8 and another OM-D E-M5 with 75mm F1.8. No regrets for the past,for me small is beautiful. Image quality of the Olympus with its lens is sharp, beautiful with gorgeous color.
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