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OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
 
4.9

(based on 71 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (30)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Reliable (24)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (38)
  • Travel (22)
  • Low light (18)
  • Everyday (15)
  • Studio (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (21), Semi-professional (11), Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), 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

One seriously good lens

By HenkB

from Massachusetts

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    You can think of fast primes as two-trick ponies. They can shoot in darker situations if you need to and they can deliver some sort of bokeh if you want it. On the E-M5, this lens does both very, very well. It's neither particularly little nor particularly light. Mounting it to the E-M5 makes a solid feeling but well balanced unit (in m4/3 terms) that reminds me of the OMs I loved to shoot. Color me pleased.

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    5.0

    Razor Sharp!

    By Shtarka1

    from Boston

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

    Nice size! Very sharp with nice IQ!

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    4.0

    Excellent MFT lens

    By btvo64

    from Sugar Land, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Good In Low Lights
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • lens hood not included

    Best Uses

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

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

    I was looking for a fixed fast lens to go with my E-M1 and 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. I did quite a bit of research and this lens always came up as one the sharpest lens around. So when it was on sale on B&H, I took a chance and purchased it.I know from reading the specs that this lens would be smaller than the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. But setting the two lenses side by side, the 75mm f/1.8 looks tiny. Like the E-M1 and the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, it feels very solid and dense. It feels quality and premium. It looks gorgeous on the E-M1. Like most reviewers, I was disappointed that the lens hood was not included. For the price of the lens, I think the hood should be included (like the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO).I am amazed with the performance of this "little" lens. Even though it is much smaller than the 12-40mm, it can take photos farther, sharper, faster, and better in low lights. The bokeh is plenty creamy. I really love the compactness of the E-M1 and these MFT lenses. I feel comfortable bringing the camera with me anywhere I go, unlike the DSLR. And people are not intimidated when they see my camera.The only drawback on the 75mm f/1.8 is its "long" focal length. My intended use for this lens is to take photos of my kids at their school assemblies and concerts. I figured that I need this focal length since most likely I won't be able to get close enough. I have yet to test out this theory since it is summer now and there is no school! But I noticed that I kept having to step back in order to fit my kids inside the frame. For those who use the zoom lenses, this could be quite an adjustment.Overall, I love this lens and I highly recommend it.

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    5.0

    Wonderful lens

    By Pen fan

    from Livermore, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I struggled for months on what lens to get - this or the Panasonic 35-100. I know people love this lens but I really wanted something with more reach. I keep hoping Panasonic or Olympus will announce a longer prime telephoto - is a 100mm f2 too much to ask? I couldn't resist the great reviews anymore and bought the 75mm. I'm very happy I did. For me, the magic quality of this lens is that it just seems to capture more detail. I love what it's doing for my E-P3. I also use the Panasonic 20mm and Olympus 45mm.

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      5.0

      Awesome Lens!

      By zensu

      from Montgomery AL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      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

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        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

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                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

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                      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

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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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