Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 90mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One ED Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Four High Refractive Index Elements
  • Z Coating Nano
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Internal Focusing, MF Clutch
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
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Olympus 45mm f/1.2 overview

  • 1Description

An ideal portrait-length lens for Micro Four Thirds shooters, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO from Olympus pairs the desirable 90mm-equivalent focal length with an ultra fast f/1.2 maximum aperture. The combination of the slightly narrow field of view and bright aperture enable producing distinct shallow depth of field imagery, and also suit working in difficult lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its advanced 14 elements in 10 groups optical design, which incorporates low dispersion, aspherical, and high refractive index glass elements to control a variety of aberrations and distortion for great sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. A nine-blade aperture is featured as well, to achieve a smooth bokeh quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques, and a Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual elements to limit flare and ghosting for improved contrast.

Beyond the imaging assets, the lens' physical design is characterized by a weather-sealed construction to benefit working in harsh climates. It also features a Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system for smooth, quiet, and fast focusing performance that is suitable to both stills and video recording. A manual focus clutch permits quick switching to MF control and a printed depth of field scale is also featured on the lens barrel for pre-focusing and hyper focal focusing techniques.

Portrait-length 45mm lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 90mm equivalent focal length.
Notably fast f/1.2 maximum aperture supports working in difficult lighting conditions and affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus techniques.
The complex optical design incorporates one extra-low dispersion element, four high refractive index elements, and one aspherical element, which all work in concert to control chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity, reduced color fringing, and enhanced sharpness.
A Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual lens elements to noticeably reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality in strong lighting conditions.
An MSC autofocus system, along with an internal focusing design, provides quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance to benefit both still photo shooting and movie recording. Additionally, an MF clutch is used for fast changing to manual focus for more precise control.
Programmable L-Fn (lens function) button for easily accessible settings adjustment.
Weather-sealed construction guards the lens against dust, moisture, and freezing temperatures for working in harsh environments.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 050332191884
In the Box
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lens
  • LC-62F Lens Cap
  • LR-2 Rear Lens Cap
  • LH-66B Lens Hood
  • LSC-0811 Case for 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus 45mm f/1.2 specs

    Focal Length 45mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 90 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.2
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 27°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' / 50 cm
    Magnification 0.1x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.76 x 3.34" / 70 x 84.9 mm
    Weight 14.46 oz / 410 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 4.5 x 4.3"

    Olympus 45mm f/1.2 reviews

    M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fine piece of engineering and production This is a very fine lens and a welcome addition to a kit.� Its properties and performance distinguish it from the�M.ZUIKO ED 12-40MM F2.8 PRO the�M.ZUIKO ED 12-100MM F4.0 IS PRO, and the�M.ZUIKO 75MM F1.8.� But if you already own any of these three you may want to think twice about adding the 45mm at its price today and wait till Olympus drops its price six or eight months from now.� Although I don't regret buying all of them, others may want to pause and think about.� It is a very fine (and therefore typically Olympus) lens.
    Date published: 2018-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens! I've used this lens on several outings now, and have to say it is everything I hoped it would be. Beautiful bokeh wide open, with the subject rendered sharp, with pleasing colors. Stop the lens down, and it delivers crisp images corner to corner. Focus is fast and accurate on my EM-1 Mark II. Well worth the money.
    Date published: 2017-12-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent lens, but pricey. Is it worth the money or not?� Maybe.� I have both, the Olympus Zuiko 25mm f1.2 and the Panasonic Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2.� In this review I will compare them to the Zuiko 45mm f1.2 lens, and will refer to them as: Nocti� 42.5, Zuiko 25, and Zuiko 45 from this point on.� This review is by no means scientific and simply reflects my experience with using each of these lenses. SHARPNESS: � Zuiko 45 is a sharp lens.� It is sharp wide-open and only gets slightly sharper when stopped down.� At ~f2.8 is achieves maximum sharpness.� There is little reason to stop it down, unless you need the extra depth of field.� Zuiko 45 has comparable sharpness to both the Nocti 42.5 and Zuiko 25 and I would not rate it higher or lower than either of these lenses. HANDLING: Zuiko 45 lens feels solid in your hand and has a similar feel to Zuiko 25.� While it is mostly plastic, it has a feel of a premium lens.� The Nocti 42.5 feels more substantial.� The Nocti 42.5 has an all metal construction and is designed to last.� Someone who has not used either Nocti 42.5 or Zuiko 45 will walk away thinking that the Nocti 42.5 build is superior.� After using both, I can say is that they feel different but neither feels inferior to the other.� It's just a matter of preference. While I wouldn't think twice about banging the Nocti 42.5 against a door knob, due to its metal construction, I am more mindful of my surroundings when handling Zuiko 45 and Zuiko 25 lenses. In the field I find that I prefer Zuiko 45 and Zuiko 25 to Nocti 42.5� First, the Zuiko lens hoods are easier and faster to attach and detach.� Second, you can quickly shoot when in a pinch without taking off Zuiko lens hoods.� Doing so with Nocti 42.5 is more cumbersome.� Third, the manual focus ring is more precise on both of the Zuiko lenses as the Nocti 42.5 has a much longer focus throw.� Finally, both Zuiko lenses have an extra, customizable FUNC button on the lens body.� While non of these factors are deal-breakers, when you add them up, Zuiko lenses are easier and more enjoyable to use.� Zuiko lenses become an extension of your photographic experience and complement your creative process without getting in the way. BOKEH: Zuiko 45 lens beats both, Zuiko 25 and Nocti 42.5, in terms of bokeh quality.� Zuiko 45 produces smooth and creamy bokeh that just fades away, resulting in excellent subject separation.� Zuiko 45 bokeh shape is more circular than Nocti 42.5 bokeh shape.� The "feathered bokeh" is very noticable and results in bokeh edges being less pronounced than the bokeh edges on either Zuiko 25 and Nocti 42.5.� This further improves the subject separation and results in a cleaner, less busy background.� Overall, bokeh, is one of the main reasons to consider Zuiko 45 lens.� If you shoot many portraits this lens is for you. � RENDERING: Zuiko 45 contrast and color rendering is very similar to Zuiko 25.� Zuiko 45 produces excellent results that have a balanced and timeless Olympus look we all love.� The Nocti 42.5, on the other hand, produces a much more "in your face" color and contrast with a much more pronounced 3-d effect of Leica and Zeiss lenses.� The colors on the Nocti 42.5 look more saturated and there is a greater separation of the subject from the background in terms of contrast.� If I had to summarize both the Zuiko 45 and Nocti 42.5 rendering, I would say that the Zuiko 45 rendering is balanced and neutral, while the Nocti 42.5 is more poppy and saturated.� It almost looks as if someone amped the vibrance and the clarity slider on the Nocti 42.5 lens.� In the end, all three lenses produces excellent colors and contrast, but my personal preference is the rendering of the Zuiko lenses. CONCLUSION: I ended up selling the Nocti 42.5 lens.� The superior bokeh, handling, and more balanced rendering of the Zuiko 45 lens won me over.� I primarily do portrait and landscape photography. I found that Zuiko 45 rendering resulted is more pleasing, balanced colors and skin tones.� The Zuiko 45 bokeh yielded improved subject separation and added balance, tranquility, and a sense of timelessness to portraits.� For landscapes, the lens produced more muted and neutral colors that were true to what I was seeing in person.� I could then post-process the image without having to "neutralize" it first. When you're dealing with high-quality lenses such as: Zuiko 25, Zuiko 45, and Nocti 42.5, you'll be hard-pressed to find any technical faults unless your photography revolves around shooting walls and fences.� In the end it will come down to rendering, feel, and personal preference.� If you are after balanced and neutral images, Zuiko lenses deliver.� If you are a fan of Leica and Zeiss 3-d pop rendering, Nocti 42.5 has that look. Is it worth the cost?� For me the answer is Yes.� Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go eat bread + water soup as I have no money left for other ingredients.
    Date published: 2018-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's everything the reviewers say it is Perhaps there's a review out there that includes some reservations about this lens. My real-world experience tells me it's simply excellent in every way. If you don't wince at the price, if the size is okay for you, if you want it, get it. Simple as that. Sharp wide open and beyond. I've used it in studio situations (I'm not a pro) and on the street. No issues and no reservations. Fast, sharp, weather-protected, balances great on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
    Date published: 2018-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome lens I know it is a lot of money but you get what you paid for --SHARP--and just gorgeous bokeh� I would highly recommend this lens
    Date published: 2017-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful portrait lens with exceptional bokeh capability. Great addition to M.Zuiko Pro series. �I often use a variable ND filter with this lens in our bright Prescott, AZ sun in order to fully take advantage of the f/1.2 stop.
    Date published: 2018-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp & Fast Sharpest Oly glass I have ever used in pro FT or MFT. Very fast and accurate focusing. My old E-M1 feels like a new camera again. Great go to lens for my portrait business.
    Date published: 2018-10-10
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    Designed for use with:

    • Kodak PIXPRO S-1
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