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

(based on 215 reviews)

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    (180)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (171)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (130)
  • Nice bokeh (127)
  • Consistent output (93)
  • Easily interchangeable (81)

Cons

  • Tough to attach (7)
  • Weak casing (6)
  • Hood not included (3)
  • No lens hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (117)
  • Weddings (76)
  • Portraits (66)
  • Night photography (63)
  • Landscape/scenery (51)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (81), Semi-pro photographer (32), Enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (184), Yes (7)

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

Incredible

By AceofHearts

from South Jersey

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

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

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

I agree with everything that has been said about this lens. It is amazingly sharp.

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5.0

Great Focal Length, Amazing Auto Focus

By Isai Gonzalez

from Lancaster, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

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

    We were amazed at the size, we were more surprised because it has great optics and it focuses really fast. For our live productions it is better than what we expected. We mostly use it for video work, and it is a beauty to see the footage that comes from it. One thing that we wish it had is image stabilization but other than that it is amazing.

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    • No

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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 ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

    Great little lens. Compact size.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Exceptional!

    By Amilcar

    from Brazil

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

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

    This is my preferred lens! Very very sharp, exceptional for portraits! Very light, focus is very fast. Great! Highly recommended!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice Sharp lens

    By Old Man Mitch

    from Glen Burnie Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

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

    One of My first Choices for Indoor Low light situations .

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice Sharp lens

    By Old Man Mitch

    from Glen Burniie Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Lens Hood Included I

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    One of my first Choices for Indoor Low light Situations. Due to the f1.8 Rating.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Hope Other companies pay attention

    By Kirk

    from bronx

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

    I have an Olympus OMD EM 1 and a Pen F. I also own a Sony A7 R II The Sony cost more but the OMD is made better. The lens gives sharp results. Unlike Sony Olympus lenses are well paired with there system. Don't know why Sony sold there stake in Olympus! Can't wait for the OMD II.

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    5.0

    A favorite

    By Beginner

    from Kansas City

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      I LOOVE this lens!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Rob B

      from New York

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Wonderful~!

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      • No

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      5.0

      clean lens

      By D

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        so small and yet it produces excellent images

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        • No

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        5.0

        Solid

        By JC

        from Dallas, tx

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

        very well made, small and light

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        5.0

        This tiny lens is the best for portraits!

        By RPbySC

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Portraits

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

          Loved the results when I took portraits of my grandsons. Faces sharp, background beautifully blurred.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          A bargain at the sale price of $

          By Tango Sierra

          from Rural North Central Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Sharp and crisp but even more important to me is the nice micro contrast, plus I don't care for over saturation in photos so I like the accurate colors Olympus gives right out of the box that require very little post processing. I shoot 99% RAW. I do wish it had the ring that the 17mm 1.8 has that makes it so easy to switch to manual focus. Also wish it came with center pinch lens cap. Only 4 stars because I'm a tough grader.

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            5.0

            Love this lens!

            By Darlene

            from Houston, Tx

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

            I initially purchased this lens by recommendation from YouTube video I watched. As a novice I decided to purchase this lens and I want disappointed. This is a great portrait lens and I'm very impressed by the quality of the images I get.

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            5.0

            Can't believe how small this thing is!

            By CarlM

            from Wichita, KS

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No lens shade

            Best Uses

            • Excellent portrait lens
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            Well built even though it is made of plastic rather than metal. Unlike the kit lenses that have plastic mounts, this guy has a metal one. It is very small and light weight.

            It has an extra tight fit to the body and talk about sharp...this lens lets you see the blood vessels in the eyes crisp as can be. Can't ask for any better images: rich color, sharp as a tack. Extra fast focusing...BAM, it's there!

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Solid Lens for a Solid Price

            By Brian

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography

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

              Great lens for the price. Very sharp - super small - perfect for the micro 4/3 approach. Build quality isn't up to some of Olympus/Panasonic's other more expensive lenses, but that's to be expected.

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              5.0

              Amazing low light portraits

              By Paj

              from CA

              About Me Photography Student

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Low Light
              • Portrait

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I am amazed at the 45mm for its sharp image and fast AF when using touch screen on a single subject. Multiple objects will have AF dancing around even if you select a narrow box. Not aweful but not as crisp.

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                5.0

                Light enough that you will always have it with you

                By John from TC

                from Traverse City, MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Quality In Center
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

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

                I thought about buying the 70 mm lens which s much more expensive, and weighs more than twice as much. I bought this system to be small and light so I will use it more often. This lens suits that purpose. It has a shallow enough depth of field that you can isolate you subject. Since I purchased this lens primarily for portraits I don't care if the edge sharpness is not the same quality as the 70mm lens. The 45mm focal length also works better for parties than the 70mm lens would. The lower cost made this an easy decision.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sings on the Gh4

                By Nathanfx

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portrait
                  • Video

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

                  This is by far a must buy for any Micro 4/3rds shooter.
                  Sharp as a tack and let's you get down to f/1.8.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Maravilloso lente

                  By Sofia

                  from Buenos Aires

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      El placer de una buena fotografia empieza en el momento mismo de su toma. Uso el 45 mm en Manual Focus, por su extrema nitidez y excelente brokeh. El encuadre aumentado del Visor Electronico y el Histograma en tiempo real (mérito de mi Olympus OMD ) hacen el resto. Así la composicion refleja mis intenciones, al hacer perfecto foco en lo que me interesa, con un desenfoque muy estético del resto y con el balance de luz apropiado. No necesito mas.Este lente es un acierto tecnológico por su excelente calidad óptica, su nitidez, su pequeño tamaño y su bajo precio.

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