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OlympusM.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 88 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (70)
  • Lightweight (63)
  • Nice bokeh (49)
  • Consistent output (47)
  • Easily interchangeable (43)

Cons

  • Tough to attach (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (66)
  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Night photography (31)
  • Weddings (30)
  • Video (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (40), Semi-pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Love this lens on the Inspire Pro x5

By Craig

from Boston, Ma

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

Excellent lens. Well made. Without issue. Put on the inspire pro x5 and you have an amazing combination in the air. Don't forget to balance and buy a filter to do so or lens hood.

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5.0

Excellent Prime Lens

By edunwody

from Atlanta, Georgia

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

    We use this lens on our Inspire Pro X5. Very stable and balanced out of the box. Great field of view

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Traveler Rich

    from Southern California

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

      Even though I purchased the 12-40 2.8 Pro Lens I wanted a fixed 25mm (50mm equivalent) lens to provide for those times when you may want to photograph in very low light. This lens is comparable to the 75mm 1.8 lens in the skin tone area and the richness of the photograph. Olympus lenses are fantastic and this lens is no exception. It is light and will complement any Olympus body...EM10/EM1 or EM5 Mark II...if you are thinking about lenses for your 4/3 system and want to limit what you purchase consider the 25mm along with the 14-150mm...you have covered all situations and can use the 25 with a shallow depth of field to create amazing affects.

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      4.0

      Sharp and compact

      By On the river

      from New York, NY

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      Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

      Great size and finish. Good build quality.

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      4.0

      Excellent lower light lens

      By Docb

      from Sioux Falls SD

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

        I purchased this lens specifically to use indoors without a flash. It works as expected. I do limit the ISO auto adjustment in the camera to prevent very high ISO settings.
        On the down side when using wider f stops you do lose background focus, which is expected. So not really a critism, just a comment

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        5.0

        Very sharp from end to end

        By Bkarsies13

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

        This camera is sharp in the center like most lenses these day but it's even sharp on the edges. Love this lense. It's great for the price.

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        5.0

        Quality lens at a great price!

        By Mike S

        from Corona, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

          Good build quality, looks and feels really nice. Fast focus. Quiet. Sharp. Light. Nice bokeh.

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          5.0

          Sharp Lens

          By Ross

          from Fentress, TX

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            This lens works great with the flash that came with my E M5 camera. It is sharp and good for low light. The lens can be used for anything that you can get close to.

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            5.0

            Light, compact, and great for m43 cameras

            By Cloudrift

            from Hanover, MD

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Fast Autofocus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

              This is a great lens to use in low light situations. Even better is how compact and light it is yet still capable of sharp images (there's slight chromatic aberration, but it's only at the deep corners). Compared to the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4, there's less vignetting. I should mention that the auto focus works pretty fast, much faster than the Panasonic 20mm f1.7.

              I would definitely recommend this lens for street photography due to how compact it is and the image quality it's capable of. And if it matters to anyone, this lens is made in Japan.

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              4.0

              Great for price!

              By Dex

              from Houston

              Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

              I owned the 75mm Mf used it for my gh4 and loved it. I sold it for something different but I needed to be back in the Olympus family. I love the 25mm. Wish the auto focus was a little faster but for the price I'm happy.

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              5.0

              Beautiful lens

              By Barb

              from Northern New Jersey

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                  sharp, fast, and lightweight lens. Couldn't ask for more.

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                  4.0

                  Nice image quality, need to improve build quality

                  By sam

                  from Sugar land, tx

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    Image is clear and crisp. However the hood and the decoration ring fall off easily.

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                    5.0

                    Great Prime Lens for M 4/3

                    By Brendan Chou

                    from Walnut, CA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Tough To Attach

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    This lens, albeit a bit pricey compared to its DSLR competitors, is a great 50mm equivalent option. There is a concern that a shallow depth of field is not obtainable for the micro four thirds format, and after around a week of usage I can confirm that it is very possible to get a shallow DOF with this lens. If you are thinking of getting this or the Panasonic 1.4 version, I would suggest this lens due to the negilible difference in DOF. The images that come from this lens are sharp and have minimal amounts of chromatic abberation, even wide open at F1.8. The autofocus is fast, very similar to the auto focus on the 14-42 kit lens (also very fast). The lens also comes with a lens hood, although the hood feels very cheap and low quality. The lens itself is made of plastic, but it is a durable plastic that feels strong. One last warning, if you own a Panasonic camera and use it with this lens, you will not get any image stabilization. This is because olympus builds their stabilization in their camera bodies, and panasonic builds it in their camera lenses. (The Panasonic 25mm 1.4 doesn't come with image stabilization either). Overall, this is a great prime lens with a focal length suitable for a wide range of applications, including portraits, landscapes, street photography, and even macro!

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Tlawson

                    from Tennessee

                    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    This is a great lens with great sharpness even wide open. This lens works out to be a 50mm on 35mm format which is great for everyday or street photography. You can achieve great bokeh with very thin depth of field and Olympus colors are always good. This lens is also very small and light weight. Highly recommended!

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                    5.0

                    Nice and sharp

                    By Dave

                    from Leesburg, VA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                      I recently purchased an Olympus E-M10 II, and bought this lens to go along with it as a general-purpose prime lens. It's the first prime lens I've owned, and I see what all the hype is about. This lens is very sharp across the frame, and I'm very happy with the pictures I've been able to take.

                      The rest of this review is meant for those like me coming from a kit lens-only background (it will be obvious to everyone else).

                      I can't overstate how nice it is to be able to shoot indoors in low light without a flash. Pictures look much more natural. You have to be more careful about focusing accurately due to the shorter depth of field, but the trade-off is that you can isolate your subject better. I took some candid family pictures at a birthday party recently, and I the combination of natural lighting, accurate focus, and short depth of field yielded some of the best family pictures I've ever taken.

                      In summary, I highly recommend this lens at its price point to anyone looking for a standard prime lens for micro four-thirds cameras. You won't be disappointed.

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                      4.0

                      Crisp and Clear

                      By acnomad

                      from St. Charles, IL

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        This is a nice addition to your m4/3 kit, especially if you are accustomed to the 50mm "normal" lens in 35mm format, for all its virtues and faults. Fast, quiet, accurate AF. Sharp throughout the frame, especially when stopped down a bit, but still reasonably sharp wide open. Very nice color rendition. Still a good walkaround size, though not nearly as compact as the Panasonic 20mm.

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                        4.0

                        Awesome lens for everyday shooting

                        By TTran

                        from California

                        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        Bought this over the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 for the smaller size and better sharpness across the frame. The lens stay on my E-M5 II most of the time. It is sharp at all apertures. Only problem I have is in a quite room or when recording I can hear the autofocus motor. Thought it would be silent like my 14-150mm II or 14-42mm II

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                        5.0

                        Great lens!

                        By Dave

                        from Fairbanks, Alaska

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                          Great lens! I use this lens for portraits, and taking pictures of the Northern Lights, and other low light situations.

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                          4.0

                          My second micro 4/3 lens

                          By Fred

                          from Long Island New York

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                            First impressions are really good! I haven't had a chance to give it a test run; I have used it, just not enough. It is a sharp lens, and well made, But there is something that nags at me, and I almost feel not worth complaining about,- and not a issue where I would abandon Olympus for another system; but here it is.
                            This is my second m4/3 lens purchase, the first was the 17mm 1.8. That lens came with no lens hood. Okay, no big deal. The 25mm 1.8 did, but in order to mount it the 'decorative' must be removed; an item that surprised me because to me it would not seem necessary. By the way, I should mention that I had been using 2 weather sealed and larger 4/3 lenses with a adapter, and was really anxious to start using lighter lenses.
                            So in a nut shell, I'm a little disappointed at the fussiness and inconsistency of the design of these two lenses! A lens hood here, none there! A decorative ring here, and something to mis-lay!
                            Also the lens caps are very shallow in depth, and though I don't have very big hands, the caps are kind of difficult to grip,- not at all like the 4/3 lenses.
                            Does this mean anything to picture taking ability? No, but it bugs me nevertheless.
                            Were it not for these things, I'd have put 5 stars.
                            I doubt that the folks at Olympus look at these reviews, so my carping is just me getting this off my chest. And this lens is a good value at the price. Though if I had to pay the money that the pro lenses cost, I think I'd be less charitable.

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                            5.0

                            I'm in love

                            By Taco

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                              This is always attached to my E-M1...I shoot with this the most and I love the results I get with it

                              The focus on it is snappy fast...I had the panasonic 20mm and that was super slow compared to this 25mm

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