November 11, 2014 by Richard
What a great little lens!
I've been after a decent focal length with fast aperture for a while now. I did "almost" pay a lot more for a competitive brand and decided to check this 45 mm f1.8 out personally at a local dealer. Not only is this lens great for portraits or shots requiring the focal length but the bokeh achieved by varying the aperture is quite amazing. I have been keeping it on my camera constantly as the lens of choice over the 17 mm lens that came with the camera. I took some portrait shots recently and the subject emailed me a little while ago complimenting the work. The price and performance of this lens is in a league of its own.
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March 26, 2014 by SandiaKeith
Pictures just POP, worth every penny
Well, there's a lot of good reviews here, and for good reason. Pictures pop and explode with contrast, sharpness and Bokeh at just the right mixture. Professional prints jump at you. A must have for tighter shots to isolate subjects. The longer the focal length, the better Bokeh works. This is starting into the creamier out of focus, and I love it. This one is at the start of portrait lengths, and I can't wait to get the 75mm version. There is no reason not to buy it, save.
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March 22, 2014 by Charlie
Very Disappointed in IQ
I purchased this lens after to use as a small, portable, lens on my E-M1 expecting great image quality based on hundreds of reviews. The image quality I have experienced is mediocre at best, on par with the 75-300 V1 zoom. Both my 12-40 zoom and my 75mm are significantly sharper than this 45. I will be returning this lens and consider it to be a sub-par performer. Possibly there are manufacturing issues with it? It is light, small and easy to handle and focuses fast which is why I gave it a 2 star rating.
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March 13, 2014 by Thomas
Sharp, compact and affordable!
The sharpness of this lens is truly impressive. I'm simply stunned at how well this 45mm reproduces color and contrast. To this into perspective, I pitted the 45mm against my 1500.00 dollar 50mm 1.4 Sony zeiss. Even at 200% crops viewed on an LED LCD screen I cannot tell that much of a difference. In fact, at 1.8 this lens produces plenty of bokeh where the 1.4 zeiss must be stopped down. In real world terms outside of gallery prints being viewed at 300 DPI 3 inches from your face- differences are minimal. It's a steller lens and the price is bargain basement. I see the size as just an added bonus. It's really getting hard to justify expensive full frame lenses when you see the high quality Olympus can produce in a small package. Do yourself a favor and buy this lens. In fact, I think if your at all serious about photography your doing yourself an injustice by not giving this a try. It's that unbelievably good. I just paired it with the E-P5 and picked up the 9-18- it just keeps getting better! Great job Olympus- keep it up.
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February 18, 2014 by fpink3
Great portrait and general purpose lens
This lens is the equivalent of a 90mm lens on a full frame camera. I use it for head shots and LOTS of stuff outdoors. I used it to take great images of the Atlanta Braves at night in Turner Field with my E-M5. Even though I was in the "first deck", quite a distance away, the shots were sharp when viewed at 1:1 on a 24 inch monitor. It is probably the single "best value" lens in the lineup. You can use it indoors for candid closeups without a flash. It's really useful, once you understand the more limited view. ONE precaution: The outside is NOT metal, even though it looks like metal. My particular silver example's "ribbed ring" has a few gashes and marks from being thrown in a bag with other hard objects (front and back covers on, of course).
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