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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 150mm Equivalent in 35mm Format
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Compact (2.7x2.5"), Lightweight (10.7oz)
  • Fast, Quiet Autofocusing Ideal for Video
  • Three ED Elements Correct Aberrations
  • Lens Coating Reduces Reflections

The black M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens from Olympus is a beautiful high-quality medium length telephoto lens (equivalent to 150mm in 35mm or full-frame format) for Micro Four Thirds format cameras. The large f/1.8 maximum aperture makes it a natural for shallow depth of field focusing and low-light situations. Its 9-blade diaphragm provides pleasing bokeh.

This is a small (2.7 x 2.5") lens that weighs only 10.7 oz, despite having 10 elements in 9 groups. The fast, quiet MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocus mechanism makes this a great choice for shooting video as well as stills. The precision-touch metallic focus ring delivers firm, easy manual focusing, as well. There are three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements that correct aberrations to a large degree, and Olympus’s ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coatings reduce reflectance to as little as half that of conventional coatings by minimizing ghosting and flare.

Fast f/1.8 telephoto lens for Micro Four Thirds format cameras--75mm is equivalent to 150mm in the full-frame or 35mm format.
Compact (2.7 x 2.5"), lightweight (305g) lens matches well with the compact Micro Four Thirds format cameras
MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism featuring an internal focusing system to drive this fixed lens for fast and quiet focusing. A precision-touch metallic focus ring provides easy manual focusing.
Lens coatings reduce reflectance and minimize ghosting and flare
Three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements optimally correct aberrations
Performance
Focal Length 75mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 16°
Minimum Focus Distance 33.07" (84.00 cm)
Magnification 0.1x
Elements/Groups 10/9
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.52 x 2.72" (6.40 x 6.91 cm)
Weight 10.76 oz (305 g)
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap For E-P1 Lenses
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)
     
    4.9

    (based on 67 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (29)
    • Lightweight (28)
    • Reliable (24)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (38)
    • Travel (22)
    • Everyday (15)
    • Low light (15)
    • Studio (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (21), Semi-professional (11), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (53), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Worth every penny

    There's been a lot of outright gushing about this lens, does it live up to the hype? Let's find out.

    BUILD QUALITY: All metal construction, smooth, well damped focus...Read complete review

    There's been a lot of outright gushing about this lens, does it live up to the hype? Let's find out.

    BUILD QUALITY: All metal construction, smooth, well damped focus ring. Looks intimidating, proportionately speaking, it looks like the 85L on a Rebel! No distance meter - 9/10

    FOCUS SPEED AND ACCURACY: Insanely quick, and pretty darn accurate! The OM-D its mated to, doesn't always have the most accurate focus, regardless of lens. The focus squares tend to find something, but it may be something just to the left or the right or just behind the target. All in though, its really quick, and *mostly accurate* - 9/10

    OPTICAL QUALITY: Amazing, breathtaking, unbelievable, the superlatives keep getting justifiably heaped onto this lens, and they're all accurate. I simply cannot believe the detail I pull at 100% and 200% crops. Its amazing....

    CONCLUSION: It's so rare that anything ever lives up to the hype, hence my natural skepticism when I heard the borderline gushing about the virtues of this lens... I've heard it all before - or so I thought - I'm a Canon shooter and I heard all about the the Canon 135 or 85L - and those lenses are great.... But this Olympus, rises above them all.

    I've been shooting professionally for about 7 years now, and this is hands down the sharpest lens I've ever shot with and that includes some pretty sharp lenses. I would put this up against the leica's any day - really, its that good. Olympus has been on a role, specifically with their relatively new OM-D E-M5 and the lenses that accompany it.

    This camera and this lens have made me a believer in the micro 4/3rds system.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    BUILD QUALITY: Rock solid! 9/10

    FOCUS SPEED AND ACCURACY: 9/10 - really fast, not always accurate, but I notice the same issue regardless of lens.

    OPTICAL QUALITY: 10/10 - stunning. There's just no other word. Leica? Eat your heart out!

    QUALITY OF RESULTS: 10/10 - I've never used a sharper lens, and that includes the likes of the Canon 85L, 135L and 70-200 f/4 IS. All are amazing, but the Olympus rises above them all.

    VALUE: 8/10 - steep for a prime on an M/43 camera. But all is forgiven when you see the results. I can see the price point driving people away, but if you're in the market for making a switch from a full sized DSLRs, this lens is a must.

    OVERALL: 46/50 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    FINAL WORD: If you've been a non-believer in the M43 system and their lenses, if this one can't win you over, you'll never be a convert....

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    not useful for continuous autofocus

    This is a follow up to an earlier review. On an Olympus OM-D, this lens cannot be used on continuous autofocus either for stills or video. It hunts constantly and cannot hold a...Read complete review

    This is a follow up to an earlier review. On an Olympus OM-D, this lens cannot be used on continuous autofocus either for stills or video. It hunts constantly and cannot hold a subject in focus. It is okay at infinity or in spot autofocus for stills. I don't know if that is a problem with the lens or the camera.

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    5.0

    Awesome Lens!

    By zensu

    from Montgomery AL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Razor Sharp
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavier Than Most M43s Le

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

    This is the sharpest lens I have ever owned. Perfect bokeh at all distances and razor sharp too.

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    5.0

    Great Quality

    By Justin the Fire Guy

    from Boise, ID

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Great Mid-range Telephoto
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp images

    Cons

    • Awkward focal length

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

    I bought this to go with my Olympus E-M5. Love the bokeh, sharpness, and colors I get from this lens. Auto-focus has been fast, and accurate for me so far. It fills in a nice mid-range telephoto length in my kit. My only issue, if you can call it that, is that I run into my max shutter speed on the E-M5 (1/4000) pretty easily in any normal light. Easily fixed by adding an ND filter. Very happy with the lens, if I do my part. The 150mm field of view in full frame equivalent terms takes some getting used to, but I don't think it's anything that should keep you from getting this lens if you want an excellent mid-telephoto fast prime. I'd consider it a "must-have" if you like fast glass.

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    5.0

    A sharp, fast prime lens

    By Richard

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Good Bokeh
    • Lightweight
    • Very sharp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Flower Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

      So far I have been using the lens for flower and garden photography where the relatively long focal length and large aperture create a short depth of field to separate a flower from the background. The lens is perfectly sharp with a soft clean bokeh. The raw files show no distortion, vignetting, or color aberration.

      The large aperture also permits use of a polarizer to control reflections, even on cloudy days.

      It is also an excellent portrait lens for most of the same reasons. The long focal length allows a good working distance from the subject.

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      5.0

      Nice Telephoto Lens

      By Wally

      from Atlanta

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

        This is a good portrait lens with nice shallow DoF when wide open. Focusing is fast and smooth.

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        5.0

        Superb lens!

        By PhotoDoc

        from Sarasota, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Great Bocah
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Sharp
        • Smooth Focus
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

          This is one of the finest lens I have ever had! Extremely sharp, fine bokeh, smooth focusing.

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          5.0

          Now I Have Two Favorite Lenses!

          By McFern

          from Faith, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • All The Gushy Stuff

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            I recently bought this lens with an EM-1 and saved a couple hundred bucks. My other favorite lens is the 50mm f2 and these two compliment each other completely.

            First thing on the bill with new camera and lens was a wedding in Ohio and this lens with the EM-1 would do issolation shots from the second row or crops from the back row due to its excellent sharpness and the sensor of the EM-1. No need for a zoom.

            My first love is still the 50mm but the 75mm is as good...well...OK...better. And this is a great focal length for sunrises and sunsets so, even if you don't do portraits, this lens is useful or needed or even essential. The folks gushing about it are not wrong.

            One word about the overpriced lens hood, it takes me back to the old days when all lens hoods were metal and did not come with the lenses, and it looks and works right with the lens. It truly is a quality piece. I could not begin to put a rubber lens hood on this lens...be kinda like wearing swim trunks to your sons college graduation!

            All the other reviews will tell you all the great things about focussing and sharpness so I won't go back through all that. What I will talk about is the price. I know it seems steep, it cost more than some f2.8 zooms, BUT, back in the 70s and 80s, fast 135mm lenses were the rage with professional portrait photographers and could be had with a small mortgage. Matter of fact this lens costs less than the 85mm f1.4's of that day. So the price is not THAT bad, AND, they are beginning to show up used and refurbed, so some corners can be cut.

            Bottom line; if you have an eye for this focal length and you like the idea of great primes over good zooms, then scrimp and save and get one. If your disappointed, it's not the lens.

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            4.0

            Excellent lens, not fast though.

            By futureHistory

            from Willimantic, CT

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

            This is a truly excellent lens. Its sharpness rivals my best Canon DSLR lenses. Beautifully built too. I returned mine though, because it's not predictable enough. I do feel a person could get used to this lens, but it's one of those lenses best described as quirky. Some lenses just take great pictures all the time, they're not fussy.
            This lens is fussy,
            The results can be spectacular, but it's not what I'd call a steady performer.
            You'll have to willing to work extra hard for your shot with this lens. So for that, I take off one star, and don't recommend it. There are plenty of spectacular lenses that are also steady performers.

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            5.0

            Beautiful lens

            By kony

            from Forest Park, IL

            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            Tack sharp with instant auto-focus on my GX7. Focus fall off at open stops is gorgeous. Plus, it looks good. Only negative is no included sunshade. I suggest the Hoya 58mm rubber shade. At less than a third the price, it keeps the light off the glass just as well as the Olympus shade.

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By rdgit

            from Wisconsin

            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            This lens is very sharp and very fast focusing. Works fine on my gh2 but I haven't tried slower shutter speeds yet hand held. I'm expecting it to be great, hand held, at shutter speed 200 and greater.

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            5.0

            feeling of meticulous manufacturing

            By Lenco

            from Ft Worth, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Crisp
            • Exceptional Resolution
            • Fast focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

              Amazed that such a fine optic contained in such a neat package. It mates beautifully with the OM-D E-M1 and feels so good in the hand.This is only my 2nd Olympus lens (after the "kit" 10-40mm lens) and I look forward to shooting with it…not for portraits as others have said, but as a medium telephoto. Those 2 lenses alone make up a kit that would work for almost any situation that didn't require extreme wide angle or telephoto.

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              5.0

              5 Start portrait lens

              By Jay

              from Fremont, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

                High build quality, the focus ring is very smooth. Beautiful and almost perfect image bokeh. Love it.

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                5.0

                Great lens for M43

                By Ady

                from Israel

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                  Great lens for night and portrait photography. Its a shame you have to buy the hood, and its a big expensive, but the best lens for M43.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Micro lens

                  By wonder

                  from Jacksonville, FL

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

                    Best lens Micro lens in current market.
                    Best use in low light.

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                    5.0

                    Believe it...

                    By mdw

                    from meridian, idaho

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                      This is an upgrade from the very good 45/1.8. It produces a nice bokeh and allows a comfortable distance for portraiture. Good compact alternative to consumer tele zoom in your bag until the 40-150/2.8 shows up.

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                      5.0

                      A Black Beauty

                      By Recordista

                      from Canada

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                      Pros

                      • Inspires Confidence

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling
                        • Video

                        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        Used it immediately on an important video shoot on Panasonic GX-7 and it worked like magic. A beautiful lens producing beautiful results. A joy to have.

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                        4.0

                        Great

                        By Joe Bublik

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable
                        • Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Aperture Noise

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        Would be an excellent if not for slight humming noise, also audible when shooting video. If you use external mic that is not a problem, but for built-in / plug-in one, definitely a problem.

                        But as for optical and build quality, outstanding lens indeed.

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                        5.0

                        As good as it gets!

                        By Jannie

                        from Rome, Italy

                        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        For working photographers tthis lens is superior in both built quality as optical performance. The large aprture on this telephoto lens makes it easy to be creative and to achieve the soft and pastel backgrounds in people shots.

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                        5.0

                        The sharpest lens I have ever owned

                        By Landscape Photographer

                        from Roseville, CA

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                          I have not seen resolution and image sharpness like this on any lens I have ever owned on any camera.
                          Ming boggling details and sharpness what this lens produces, you have to see it to believe it.
                          Great Lens!!!

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                          5.0

                          Terrific lens

                          By Ragland T. Tiger

                          from Monrovia, CA

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Reliable
                          • Sharp

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography

                          Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                          I've been using this lens for about a month with my OM-D EM-1 and it really is quite good.

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                          5.0

                          Sharp Lense

                          By Brad

                          from Seattle

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                            This lens is great, sharp pictures!

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