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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October 31, 2013 by David
The Must Have Lens for OM D
This is a must have lens at this price but be careful if you have a bag of zooms. After you use this you will not be pulling out the zooms much. Better get good at Craigslist... I ended up selling all my zooms (and $6K worth of Canon DSLRs) and buying all the primes. Does the "D" in DSLR stand for dinosaur? This was my first prime and arguably the most useful. At this price it is a no brainer. The image quality is so much better than any of the zooms. You can actually get subject isolation on a blurred background. I added the 75mm 1.8, the Voightlander 17.5, the Pan/Leica 25mm f/1.4, the 60mm macro and a Rokinon fish eye. Superb!
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September 13, 2013 by Robert
Low-light portraits
This is a lovely little portrait lens, made out of plastic (except metal mount) so it is very lightweight and compact, equally at home on the smallest body like E-PM3 or a larger body. Its large aperture makes it ideal for evening, interior, or other low-light applications. Its bokeh is pleasing and it produces lovely available-light portraits. It's not so good for landscape use because the edge and corner sharpness does not match its excellent center sharpness. But for a portrait lens it can't be beat. Only fault is that Olympus are too cheap to include a matching hood and pouch.
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August 6, 2013 by Stephen
Buy this lens
This is the sharpest lens I have used on my OM-D. It is extremely well made for the money and the image quality to my pixel peeking eyes is amazing. You will not regret adding this lens to your micro four thirds camera.
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