January 18, 2016 by SFM
Superb, Depending on Purpose
I am an amateur and purchased a standard OMD EM-5 kit with two zoom lenses. My first fixed focal lens was this 25mm f1.8 for low light use and for small depth of field for realizing a good bokeh. This is a superb lens, but I found that the 25mm lens just didn't fit my general needs when used in a confined area to take wall-to-wall shots. While I still use this 25mm lens in more controlled environments, and outdoors, I later purchased the 17mm f1.8 lens which has become my general go-to carry-around fixed focal lens.
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December 8, 2015 by David
Why did I wait so long?
Please keep in mind this is my first prime for micro-4/3 (Olympus) as I have been using old manual lenses. I like the compactness and tight-fitting mount -- better than the plastic/polymer mounts on the other lenses but both are good (14-42mm f3.5 and 40-150mm f4). I notice that the auto settings tend toward the wider aperture (f1.8) even though lighting may be good enough for general openings, say f4. Great colors regardless aperture and/or shutter speed. Manual focusing is easy, maybe more so that on the other lenses.
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November 30, 2015 by Yan
A good prime lens
Pros: Faster than the 12-40mm f2.8 pro Relatively cheap Light, your EM1 feels like a Point and Shoot with this lens Cons: Sharpness is not better than the f2.8 pro DOF is not better than the f2.8 pro Bottom line: if you already own the f2.8 pro, do not buy this one. I purchased this lens along with the OMD-EM1 and the 12-40mm f2.8 pro. Before I got this lens, I also test the Nikon 50mm f1.4 on the Nikon D750 body. I really enjoy the DOF of the Nikon combination and was hoping to achieve the similar effect by using this prime lens. However, the result was quite disappointed. This lens is just not fast enough to get close the isolation effect like the Nikon combo. It is not much different than the f2.8 pro lens at 40mm. In term of sharpness, it is as good as the f2.8 pro but not better. Now to the pros, it does faster than the f2.8 pro so you do not have to rely on higher ISO to shot indoor photos.
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November 27, 2015 by John
Excellent lens
I bought the M Zuiko 25mm f1.8 about 2 months ago. In that time I have found that the lens is sharp.. sharp.. sharp.. I left the Sony SLT world and jumped to Olympus having Olympus OM 10 Film cameras. The lens is great. Nice and light. Great for a walk around lens. Nice lens hood. I am impressed with the lens. Great build quality for what its made out of. I had my reservations about leaving the SLT/DSLR world, but I am so glad I did. Why did I wait so long?
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September 15, 2015 by Ken
Nifty Fifty in your pocket
If you like the 50mm equivalent focal length on Fullframe cameras and the perspective it gives you then this lens will absolutely satisfy as it is sharp corner to corner when wide open and compact. Its flare resistant, produces nice out of focus blur, and has a neat sunstar pattern when the aperture is stopped down. For what you are getting, the price is worth it. the Package gives you a reversible lens hood that protects the lens body from scratches. The lens cap isn't the greatest but you can always get an aftermarket one.
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