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

(based on 171 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (139)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (98)
  • Nice bokeh (95)
  • Consistent output (68)
  • Easily interchangeable (62)

Cons

  • Weak casing (5)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • Hood not included (3)
  • No lens hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (92)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Portraits (58)
  • Night photography (53)
  • Everyday (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (63), Semi-pro photographer (26), Enthusiast (24), Casual photographer (14), Pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (150), 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

Great Lens!

By drush54

from North Carolina

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Image quality
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Size

Cons

  • No lens hood

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Portraits
  • Weddings/Events

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

This is a must have prime lens for the micro 4/3 system and the second I purchased behind the 20mm f1.7. Great for portraits and short telephoto. I switched to the micro 4/3 system primarily because of size and weight and this lens is a great example of quality in a small package.

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5.0

excellent build quality and optics

By Richard

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I use this lens on my OMD-M10 whenever I wish to limit DOF and it has nice bokeh.
It is sharp, contrasty and produces beautiful colors.
Everything I've come to expect from Zuiko lenses.

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5.0

Headshots made simple.

By Doug

from NYC

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

Beautiful headshots with very little efforts.

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5.0

Sharp, great in low light, smooth

By Eric S.

from Boston, MA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Portrait photography
    • Sports/Action

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

    Very glad I purchased this lens to use with my Oly e-PM2. 45mm is great for portraits, outdoor shooting, and it's fast. Getting better shots of the kids and sports now.
    All the reviews describing beautiful bokeh and great shots wide open are right on. I typically keep this lens on my camera all the time, but it's tough for close-ups, but that's not why I purchased it.

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By Augustus

    from Birmingham, AL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No lens hood included

    Best Uses

    • Closer Animals
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    This thing is awesome. Small, light, bright, and fast.

    AF speed is super fast, nearly instant, and is completely quiet. If I put my ear up to the lens, I MIGHT be able to hear it if I tell it to try to focus with the lens cap on.

    Sharpness is flat out incredible. Don't be afraid to shoot wide open, its sharper than most other brands primes are at f/4. Bokeh quality is flawless. Shoot at 1.8 and your background becomes a smooth ocean of blur.

    Chromatic aberrations etc are well controlled, at least after the body applies its built in CA reduction. I didn't see any on my E-M1 raw files.

    Haven't seen a lens flare yet, but I haven't pointed it at the sun either.

    Build quality is good for a plastic lens, and its well put together. The quality of the plastic itself could be a bit better. The matte black finish is beautiful, but seems like it may scratch easily. It mounts very tight on my E-M1.

    Also, I don't see why so many people complain about the beauty ring that covers the lens hood bayonet mounts. Olympus could have just not included it, and left the bayonet exposed like all the other companies do. Don't complain about it. Just take it off and put it in the box if you don't want it. The ring twists off very easily, revealing the lens hood mount. The lens hood then slides on and locks very easily, which brings me to my final point.

    OLYMPUS, PLEASE include lens hoods with ALL lenses, or make them more realistically priced! Thanks for the beauty ring, but would loved to have seen a lens hood as well.

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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

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    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.

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      • 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

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      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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      5.0

      fantastic - sharp

      By john

      from san diego, ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      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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        4.0

        Great lens

        By erik

        from denver, co

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        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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        4.0

        Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens

        By Toby01

        from El Sobrante, CA

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        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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            5.0

            A baby with talent

            By Woodcrawler

            from Palakkad, Kerala, India

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            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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              5.0

              Great lens!

              By LeanK.

              from Campo Grande, Brazil

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              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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                4.0

                So far so good

                By Heather

                from Perth, Western Australia

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                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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                  5.0

                  Sharp

                  By DRB

                  from IL.

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                  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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                      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

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                        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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