April 4, 2015 by Eric
My favorite "museum prime," great at night too!
No, this isn't the cheapest wide lens out there. But it's sharp as a tack, optically fast, and gives you the added benefit of a manual focus ring with distance scale. For me, this is the ideal lens for museums -- many have low lighting, won't allow flash or monopods, and so can be a photographic challenge. With the manual focus ring, it's also fantastic for nighttime street shooting (particularly once you get used to zone focusing). Oh, and did I mention it's tiny? You can easily slip this little gem in the pocket of even a very light jacket and hardly notice it's there.
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April 2, 2015 by rk
Great Lense
This is an excellent lens. The image quality is excellent in general but as you would expect it is best stopped down slightly. The wide aperture is wonderful and the lens still maintains good sharpness wide open. The build quality is excellent. It would be desirable for this lens to be weather sealed.
October 24, 2014 by Hiker Jim
This lens makes µ4/3 viable for me!
This lens far surpasses my expectations. I was somewhat disappointed with the kit zoom. When I mounted this lens on my Pen E-PL3, it became a new camera. Yes, this lens is that good. The push-pull manual focus ring is brilliant. The f/2 aperture is highly useful, and crisp even wide open; it is why I bought the lens. Optimum sharpness seems to come around f/3.5 or f/4, but I have no hesitation to set the lens at f/2 and just shoot. And yes, I consider the value excellent despite the price. I want top performance and nothing in µ4/3 competes with this lens. It is a near-perfect prime.
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October 24, 2014 by Anonymous
Anonymous
This lens is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used. I took it on a trip to Indonesia and the images from this lens came out the sharpest out of the 8 cameras and 10 lenses that I took. I use it on my E-PL3 and it is the perfect combo. At first I was a little hesitate on the price but there are many things in photography that you get what you pay for. If you want sharp glass, fast aperture, and beautiful design then I did not mind forking over the money for this lens once I took it out on the field and shot. Olympus - please make more lenses like this one. More primes!
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October 24, 2014 by newzild
A good lens - but overpriced
I bought this lens in October 2011 and have been using it for five months. I use it for landscape, street, and low-light photography. It is generally a good lens in terms of colour rendition and lack of distortion. However, it is not as sharp as I expected it to be. In fact, I have been disappointed in this regard. The build quality is very good - metal all round, with some play in the focus ring. The focus ring allows for zone focusing. However, its usefulness is hampered by the fact that the only markings are for f2, f5.6 and f11. Of these, only the middle one is useful (diffraction has set in by f11). To conclude, the lens is generally good but does not achieve the levels of excellence that would be expected for a US $800+ lens. I think $500 would be more realistic.
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