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OlympusM. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 166 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (137)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (95)
  • Nice bokeh (91)
  • Consistent output (64)
  • Easily interchangeable (61)

Cons

  • Weak casing (5)
  • Hood not included (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (88)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Portraits (56)
  • Night photography (51)
  • Everyday (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (59), Semi-pro photographer (26), Enthusiast (24), Casual photographer (14), Pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (147), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

As Excellent as I Expected

After buying a Panasonic G3, this has been my first (and to date only) lens purchase. I love it for its fast autofocus, sharpness, the gorgeous colours it captures, and of...Read complete review

After buying a Panasonic G3, this has been my first (and to date only) lens purchase. I love it for its fast autofocus, sharpness, the gorgeous colours it captures, and of course the option to stop down to 1.8. It's barely left my camera since I put it on, and although I know this medium telephoto length is mainly seen as a portraits lens, I've been very pleased using it as an all-purpose lens. Of course, it takes stunningly beautiful portraits, but I find the same properties make for gorgeous still lifes. And the short telephoto makes framing landscapes quite interesting, while the wonderful lens captures rich colours and fluid light. I also love that it's very lightweight: in fact, while it's obviously longer than the Panasonic 20mm 1.7, it's barely any heavier (according to the stats). As someone who has health issues and can't carry a lot of weight, this is a wonderful advantage.

My only complaint (other than the superficial ones its silver colour looking odd on my black camera and that it doesn't include a lens hood) is the minimum focusing distance of 18" (or 1/2 a meter). While its telephoto properties mean even 18" the subject is usually the size I want, I've had to do a few awkward contortions to, say, photograph my food in a restaurant. And I also wish I could get closer when I'm photographing flowers or leaves: not macro-level close, just closer. Of course, that's only going to be an issue if you're using it as an everyday lens like I do!

All in all, as an enthusiastic amateur who upgraded from a Panasonic LX5 to the micro 4/3rds system in the hope of better low light performance, more bokeh, and richer feeling photographs, I've been completely satisfied, indeed quite thrilled, with the 45mm f1.8/Panasonic G3 combination. While I'll probably get the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 eventually (if only for its 6" minimum focusing distance!), the 45mm has turned out to be quite a flexible everyday lens option. More than ever, with this lens' beautiful and consistent photographs, I look forward to importing my photos and seeing how the shots turned out! My primary photography interests are travel, documenting important events, nature (mainly of the vegetative kind) and (most frequently) finding the art in everyday life, which I suppose you could call still life photography. I almost always shoot in Aperture priority and switch between auto and manual focus depending on my needs.

I shoot in RAW, then import into Aperture, which does its own processing thing. The clay pot has not been edited by me in any way, just imported into Aperture then exported as a smaller jpg. The landscape photo has been tweaked a bit for colour and light but not cropped. Keep in mind I've only had the camera and lens for a month, so I'm far from an expert at using them!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just my luck I get a bad copy

I just put this lens up against a Panasonic 25mm and a Panasonic 12-35 at the same f-stop - the 45mm was noticeably softer in the center of the frame. Actually the image...Read complete review

I just put this lens up against a Panasonic 25mm and a Panasonic 12-35 at the same f-stop - the 45mm was noticeably softer in the center of the frame. Actually the image overall was soft. Pictures taken with dual flashes fired wirelessly, static subject, same camera to subject distance. I'm requesting an RMA and probably just sticking with the other two lenses.

Kind of disappointed considering how good all the reviews have been on this lens. I guess there are always bad copies out there.

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5.0

Small but good

By Tim

from Ohio

Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

Nice, sharp, fast, compact lens.

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5.0

Gorgeous

By Wes

from Richmond, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

    Amazing dimly lit portraits! Such clean and clear pics, and nice bokeh effect at f1.8.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    A Must for every Micro Four Thirds Bag

    By Chroaz

    from Cave Creek, Az

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Extremely Sharp
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Value for money

    Cons

    • No lens hood supplied
    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Portrait
    • Street

    Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

    This is arguably one of the best lenses in the Micro Four Thirds format. It's small, light and pin-sharp right into the corners. It yields a pleasant Bokeh but of course has all the DOF limitations of the format (this is effecitvely a 90mm f/3.6 lens on a full frame system), but it beats just about anything else in terms of its corner to corner to sharpness.It doesn't have stabilization so it's perhaps best suited for Pen and OMD cameras from Olympus which have IBIS, and of course with a minimum focus distance of .5m, Macro work is out! Great as a Portrait lens (with the caveat above) and excellent as an all-round street lens. A superb lens that should be in every Micro Four Thirds user's bag - and it's very reasonably priced!

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    • No

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    5.0

    fantastic - sharp

    By john

    from san diego, ca

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

      a must have lens - very sharp - very nice Bokeh - very light -
      maybe not the best looking lens but optics super good - as it is small build quality is fine - there is no IS so one would be better of using on a Olympus with builtin body IS or the Panasonic GX7

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great lens

      By erik

      from denver, co

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • High Quality Image
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile focal length

      Cons

      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Street
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

      Great, small, high quality lens. Focus is super fast and quiet. Images are of high quality. I prefer prime lenses and this one is a super performer in a very small form factor. my copy takes a bit of force to mount it in the bayonet - not sure if all versions of this lens have the same issue, but it take much more force than with my Oly 17mm f1.8. It's hard to be critical of this lens, but weather sealing on these Oly primes would be a nice feature.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens

      By Toby01

      from El Sobrante, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Small and light

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Portraits

        Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

        Nice and sharp. Great for portraits.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Must have M43 Lens

        By WinkleJonNYC

        from NYC, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

          Great compact lens for walk around and short portrait length. The price is a steal for the image quality. Great bokeh.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A baby with talent

          By Woodcrawler

          from Palakkad, Kerala, India

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            Till I got this little light-weight baby, I was using the regular kit lens for my party photos. This lens is awesome, in fact so awesome, that a die-hard Canonian friend of mine wants to get a micro-four thirds body just so he can use it!!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great lens!

            By LeanK.

            from Campo Grande, Brazil

            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 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

              This lens produces very sharp images, i'm loving it. Just not used to the focal lenght yet but besides that, i've been really enjoying it.

              It was very hard fitting it to my OMD E-M10 at first, it seems like you have to break in the mount into the camera and now it its smoother, but that is a concern on quality control, probably of the camera though

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              • No

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              4.0

              So far so good

              By Heather

              from Perth, Western Australia

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

                Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                Loving the weight and size of this lens. Bokeh great, shots crisp.

                Not found anything that don't like so far......

                Bought the Vello LH-40B Dedicated Lens Hood (Silver) to go with it - but this is not worth the money - very difficult to fit - in fact have not got it to work yet!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sharp

                By DRB

                from IL.

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                  One of the sharpest lenses I have used.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Versatile favorite. Wonderful bokeh.

                  By Tom

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

                    Aside from the kit lens (which I do not use) I own the 17mm/f1.8, 60mm/f2.8 and this lens. So far, I would have to choose this as my favorite default. It falls right in between focal lengths. I am either wandering around shooting natural/urban elements or shooting pictures of clients at the salon. I am in love with the bokeh of this lens, which really stands out. Wonderfully versatile.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    love that lens

                    By HE

                    from Miami beach

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                      its a really useffull lens nice and sharpe, AF quickly on the GH3

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                      5.0

                      excelent

                      By xt

                      from san antonio

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                      excelent product

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                      5.0

                      Must have for Micro Four Thirds

                      By Maniz

                      from Phoenix

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

                            This lens is beautiful little lens which take awesome photos. Auto focus is really fast. Image quality in the frame center is sensational. Must buy for PEN or OMD cameras.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Nice lens

                            By Another Olympus User

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                              This is a nice lens. It's sharp and fast focusing. The only thing that bothers me about it is the plain plastic build. But the price was good and the pictures are great so it's still a keeper.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Exactly what I was looking for

                              By Irv

                              from Cincinnati

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                              I was agonizing over which lens to buy outside of the kit lens and I am very happy with this purchase. I picked this lens because of the VALUE and the desire for a fast lens. The resulting detail has been great and the shallow depth of field makes every shot great. The uploaded image is at 1/100th f1.8 on my G6.

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                              5.0

                              A tiny jewell

                              By Bob

                              from Charlotte, NC

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                                I laughed out loud when I took this thing out of the box. I knew it would be small but this was rediculous! However on close examination I was very taken by the quality of construction.

                                On the camera focus was nearly instant even in low light. My test images confirm what I've read.
                                It is an ecellent image maker. Anybody who has a Micro 4:3 camera needs this little jewel in your pocket.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                I love this lens!

                                By JerryJ

                                from Kennewick, WA

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoor sports
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                                  I bought this lens primarily for portraits, but have also found it useful for fast action photography in low light, such as capturing my granddaughter in action during a recent basketball game. This lens is solidly built and focuses quickly. Image quality is very sharp.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Fixed lens for low light and portraits

                                  By MJ DRIEB

                                  from North Carolina

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Home
                                    • Low light
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                                    Great in low light without breaking the bank. Really easy to use since it is a fixed lens. No zoom means you get to move your feet. If you like fixed lenses this is staple for your camera bag. Since the 35 mm focal equivalent is 90 mm it serves a great portrait lens without having to be on top of your subject. The f/1.8 allows for blurring the background for those portraits. A bit tight for indoor small rooms. A few more lenses have been added to the lineup since I bought this one that may give it a run for its money.

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