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Olympus 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System

You Pay: $249.00
Product Highlights
  • For DSLRs with Four Thirds Mount
  • Compact Pancake-Style - 1.0"/23.5mm Long
  • Minimum Focus Distance - 8.7" /0.2 m
  • Filter Size - 43mm
  • One Aspherical Lens Element
  • Equivalent to 50mm in 35mm Format

The Olympus 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens is an ultra-slim "pancake-style" standard focal length lens that only weighs and astonishing 3.35 oz (95g). This compactness is accomplished by incorporating a special double-sided aspherical lens element. It is compatible with any digital SLR camera that uses the Four Thirds System (e.g. Olympus, Panasonic), but is designed to perfectly complement the E-410 and E-420 camera bodies in size and weight. Combined with these models, a coat-pocketable SLR camera is now a reality.

This lens provides a focal length equivalent to 50mm in 35mm format. This view is ideal because of the natural-looking "human-eye" perspective, and can be used for a wide range of portraiture, landscape, reportage, street photography and candid snapshot applications.

Multi-coating ensures that flare and ghosting are kept well controlled.
7-bladed aperture diaphragm ensures pleasing rendition of out-of-focus highlights.
Performance
Focal Length 25mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 5/4
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 43 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 0.93 x 2.52" (2.36 x 6.40 cm)
Weight 3.35 oz (95 g)
Olympus 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System
  • 43mm Lens Cap LC-43B
  • LR-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • 1-Year Worldwide Warranty
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    25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System
     
    4.4

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (32)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
    • Consistent output (19)
    • Easily interchangeable (17)
    • Durable (12)

    Cons

    • Lens cap (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)
    • Tough to attach (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Low light (6)
    • Macro photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (8), Enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Light and portable

    Complaining about the lens cap will be common to all reviews. It is a metal screw-on disc, that is hard to work unless the camera is facing up. Order a 43mm pinch lens...Read complete review

    Complaining about the lens cap will be common to all reviews. It is a metal screw-on disc, that is hard to work unless the camera is facing up. Order a 43mm pinch lens caps when you order, along with a protective haze filter. Don't plan on a thick filter, such as a polarizing filter or a stack of filters, because you will cut off the corners of the image. Even though this is a standard quality Zuiko (expensive but not REALLY expensive) it has a metal (not plastic) connector linking it to the camera body. If you have lived your entire photographic life with a zoom lens, you may not like a prime. You do your framing by zooming your feet back and forth from the subject--or move the subject. Be careful at the rim of the Grand Canyon.

    This lens is thin and light. It won't zoom, of course, but if you have 8 or 10 megapixels, you can crop and still leave respectable resolution. It's great for when your evolt series Olympus DSLR has to serve tourist duty or for holidays with the family. Auto focusing in low light is accurate and, although this is not really a macro, my rose pictures are quite presentable as are those of people.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Small Size Is The Key Feature

    The small size and light weight of this lens are the only reasons to consider buying this lens. Optically, it's not the excellent lens that previous reviews would lead you to believe. Quite...Read complete review

    The small size and light weight of this lens are the only reasons to consider buying this lens. Optically, it's not the excellent lens that previous reviews would lead you to believe. Quite the contrary. Chromatic aberration (CA) is the biggest problem you'll find. Not only will you see CA at the edges of the frame but even towards the edges of the inner third of the frame. Sharpness and contrast are characteristically so-so, typical for lenses in this price bracket.

    As others have already noted, the screw-on lens cap is really an unnecessary annoyance.

    But if you really need a "pancake" style lens for your Oly this is about the only choice.

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    4.0

    not to bad...

    By MrMizo

    from Boston, Ma

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Slow Focus
    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Portrait

    Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

    I like the compact design of this lens. It's not the best in low light but certainly not the worse. One thing I'm not a fan of is the screw on front lens cover. But overall its a decent lens. I'm not excited about it but definitely not unhappy about it.

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    5.0

    Great lense

    By Ydnam4

    from Ferndale, mi

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

          Great addition to my Olympus camera. Great price, and fast shipping as well!

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          5.0

          Works great, so small and unobtrusive

          By biketan

          from Needham, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

            I'm most thrilled that with this lens on the camera, that I don't draw too much attention to myself and the camera, as I did with my 14-54 plus lens hood on. I find using a normal focal length lens very versatile and now have this as my walkaround lens. Of course, it would have been nice if Olympus made a f2.0, but hey, you get what you pay for, and I think this lens is overall a great value.

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            5.0

            Small and fast lens

            By Johny.org

            from Montreal

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

              I got this for my e420, i was ready to get rid of this camera prior to owning this great lens, im glad i got it, takes great pictures, sharp, small and fast!

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              4.0

              Good reason to show brand loyalty

              By Wilson

              from Mexico City, Mexico

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Indoorsgood light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

              A valuable lense to have in one's arsenal being a photography enthusiast. It is great for low to medium range shots, including portraits of objects and people where telefoto, wide-angles and zooms are not essential, saving their adjustments and time to change. It is also light and flat making the camera-lense unit a little more maneuverable. Some say it absorbs a little too much light.

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              4.0

              size does matter

              By tetzu

              from us of a

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Size
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                  love the size it's really small and lightweight, nice construction, metal mount, good IQ better than kit lens. the only reason why i ranked it 1 star short is because in low light situations f2.8 comes a little short for me as i dont want to bump ISO more than 1600, but again for the price of 200+ this lens cant be beat.

                  best feature is the size of the lens, 25mm reach is practical everywhere any shooting type and 2.8 would give you nice enough bokeh and fast enough shutter speed in most situations.

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                  5.0

                  Handy Little Thing

                  By Jacques Debauche

                  from Warwick NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Small

                  Cons

                  • Screw-in lens cap

                  Best Uses

                  • Point and shoot

                  Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                  I mount this lens on a Olympus E620 and a Leica Digilux-3 when I want to travel light. The lens weighs 114 grams compared to the Leica f1.4 Summilux's 526 grams, and is a mere 20 mm long compared to the Summilux's 73 mm. Of course it is only a quarter as fast, but when f2.8 is fast enough I will use this lens. With this little lens, the Digilux-3 will fit into a large pocket. While I haven't done a rigorous focus and distortion comparison, there are no noticeable differences from the Summilux's performance. The lack of an aperture ring is not a big bother since this lens is used mainly in automatic mode. The major negative is the screw-in lens cap - it's such an annoyance to use that I just trust a haze filter to protect the lens, and leave the cap at home.

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                  2.0

                  Not bright enough

                  By Aaron

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                  I purchased this lens in preparation for our newborn, I wanted a lens that wouldn't require the use of a flash indoors. It did not deliver. I was able to take close up pics outside and blur the background, but keeping the lens wasn't worth this feature. It is a very slim lens, the metal cover is weird and could probably get easily lost. The pictures were clear and the camera didn't really hunt while focusing, but I wanted the f/2.8 to be bright enough for me. It wasn't. I guess the more expensive Sigma is my only bet, but its about double the cost.

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                  5.0

                  Haven't taken many shots, but...

                  By Margie

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                      It's an excellent piece to have. Makes picking up the camera easy and friendly. Only thing is you should buy the little plastic clip lens cover because the screw on metal that comes with the lens is cumbersome.

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                      5.0

                      "Superlative Lens"

                      By Hwy. Rob

                      from New Orleans

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                        Fabulous in every way. By design. By performance. And most of all, performance in optics, other than adjustments, fit and finish. "Great job Olympus!"

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                        3.0

                        Pancake lens

                        By waysidelynne

                        from connecticut

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Tough To Attach

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                        While the lens is certainly light and useful for toting around, it's hard to mount, not easy to uncover (lens cover screws on) and the bokeh effect wasn't nearly what I had hoped. It does take great pictures but I would recommend it only if you were using it on a second camera.

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                        4.0

                        wanna go light ? go for it !

                        By Jolly Oly

                        from Croatia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                            Excellent companion to E-4xx/5xx/6xx bodies. Very good quality for the price. Optically better then expected.

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                            5.0

                            Great pocket lens

                            By Travis

                            from Springfield, VA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                              Very compact, surprised at how small it is. The lens is very quick for being a 2.8 and seems to focus quickly as well. It's a nice lens to just attach and go for a quick walk around and the image quality seems to be almost as good as the High Grade lenses.

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                              4.0

                              Good value

                              By Andrew

                              from Cambridge, MA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Tough To Attach

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                              This is one of the cheapest ZD lenses you can buy (probably tied with the 35mm macro, which is also an excellent value!) It's TINY, and feels very well built, and the image quality is very good.

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                              4.0

                              Worthy addition to E-620

                              By Hans

                              from Seattle

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Great value
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • A bit slow in low light

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                              For the money a bright and amazingly lightweight fixed lens with quite nice bokeh effect. Would not want to miss it. Makes the E-620 very compact and light. Comes with a screw-in type lens cap, which is a bit awkward but indestructible (a snap-in type is available from Olympus). I give "only" 4 stars because it is not a 2.0 lens (it's a 2.8) but I fully realize that that can't be had at this price.

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                              4.0

                              great every day lens

                              By claudia

                              from Brazil

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Lens cap

                              Best Uses

                              • General Purpose
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                              I bought this lens to use on my E-620 in street shots and travels and I was surprised by the quality of portraits too. It turns my camera very lightweight and easy to carry in my daily bag.
                              I´m very happy with the overall performance.

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                              4.0

                              Awesome lens for the size

                              By gmed

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                                What I love about this lens is that it is very small, well made, and the pictures are very sharp. At 25mm (50mm on 35mm standard), the lens seems to have a wide angle of view than a normal 50mm on a FF camera, to me it seems more like a 35mm-40mm lens than a 50mm lens, but in a way, this is good. I much rather have a f 2.0, but for the price, I shouldn't complain.

                                Over all great walk around lens.

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                                4.0

                                A Very Useful Lens

                                By Russ Lewis

                                from Manitou Springs, Colorado

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                                    I bought this lens along with the appropriate adapter so I could have the equivalent of a 50mm lens on my Olympus E-P1. I'm a dedicated street shooter and in film days my favorite combination was a Leica M4 with 50mm Summicron. Successful street shooting depends a lot on equipment with which you're absolutely familiar. For a while I used my Nikon D3 with a 50mm on the street, but the E-P1/25mm Zuiko combination is a lot less conspicuous and threatening.

                                    Neither the E-P1 nor the 25mm Zuiko auto-focusses very quickly, but a 25mm lens gives you enough depth of field at, say, f/8 to use zone-focus almost exclusively on the street.

                                    In street photography sharpness isn't an end in itself, but this little lens is sharp enough. The lens shows more chromatic aberration than I'd like, but not enough to be a real problem.

                                    Bottom line: though it's not a Summicron, this little lens is a very useful tool.

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                                    4.0

                                    Perfect match with e420

                                    By Welton

                                    from Stamford, ct

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

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                                          Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                                          Pros:
                                          Small size.
                                          Cons:
                                          Lens cap is too tiny. Lens cap thread is too tight.

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                                          4.0

                                          Nice "normal" lens

                                          By Birdshot

                                          from Shreveport, LA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easily Interchangeable
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Purpose

                                            Comments about 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System:

                                            I'm using this lens on an Olympus EP1 with a Panasonic 4/3 to micro 4/3 adapter. The combination works well and the lens seems to function as required. Optical performance has been good. I've been happy with the photos I've done with this lens but I honestly haven't had a chance to use it a whole lot. Based on my observations so far, it's a solid four-star assessment. The lens seems very well built, more solid than the EP1 17mm and 14-42mm lenses. The combination of the lens and adapter are heavy compared to both the other Olympus lenses I have but this improves the balance of the camera. So far, I'm liking it.

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