New Olympus 75mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital ED Lens Captures Fantastic Portraits


When making the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lens, Olympus sought to create a high-quality portrait lens in a sleek and compact metal body. Not just a portrait lens, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 (150mm 35mm equivalent) Micro Four Thirds lens is designed and optimized for the dynamic and ever-changing lighting conditions inherent in shooting studio portraits, stage productions and indoor sporting events. The result is a high-speed, single-focal-length telephoto lens that delivers beautiful portraits with sharp focus, and a nine-blade circular aperture that delivers excellent bokeh for soft background effects.

All of this has been achieved by incorporating ten lens elements in nine groups, including three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements to further enhance quality and correct optical aberrations. Olympus went on to apply its unique ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) lens coating technology to the elements, thereby reducing reflectance to half of that found in conventional lens coatings.

Coming in at just 2.7 inches (6.9 cm) long, the small lens maximizes the performance and portability of the already lightweight Olympus PEN and OM-D compact system cameras. With a textured metallic finish and a rather large 64mm diameter, the lens evokes a sense of quality and professionalism combined with power and performance.

Great for capturing brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) videos, the lens utilizes Olympus's proven MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism that features an inner focus system to drive fast and quiet focusing. The precision-touch metallic focus ring makes for simple manual focusing.

For a high-grade lens that provides not only speed and versatility, but also power and sophistication, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lens from Olympus is an excellent addition to the arsenal of any distinguished photographer. Whether you are interested in still photos, videos, or a mix of both, the lens is built to do it all in some of the most complex and dynamic lighting situations.

Lens Type Prime
Focal length 75mm (35mm equivalent: 150mm)
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Minimum aperture f/22.0
Number of diaphragm blades 9 (Circular diaphragm)
Elements 10
Groups 9
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Elements 3
HR (High Refractive) Elements 2
Lens coating ZERO: Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical
Minimum Focus Distance 2.75' (0.84 m)
Maximum magnification 0.10x (35mm equivalent: 0.20x)
Minimum Field Size 5.1 x 6.8" (13 x 17.3 cm)
Angle of View 16 degrees
Autofocus Yes, High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Manual focus Yes
Focus method Internal
Front glass element diameter 50mm
Filter thread 58mm
Lens Hood Sold Separately (LH-61F)
Lens Cap Front and Rear Included (LC-58E, LR-2)
Weight 0.67 lb (0.31 kg)
Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 2.52 x 2.72" (6.4 x 6.9 cm)

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It is bad enough that the general public contributes to the misconception of 35mm field of view lenses on smaller sensors and smaller sensor designed lenses in general, but for informed sources to propagate the same misinformation it does not benefit anyone.

Using a 75mm lens on a smaller sensor (2x crop in this example) is NOT the equivalent of using a 150mm lens. When used on the Pen and OM-D bodies this 75mm is 'restricted' to showing only as much of the subject in the viewfinder as you would see if you were using a 150mm lens and 35mm camera body - however it is still a 75mm objective lens and provides no greater magnification than a 75mm lens. You would capture significantly more detail of your subject with a 150mm on a 35mm sensor at the same distance. Not to mention a greater diffusion of the subject from the background with the longer objective lens providing a better out of focus perspective.

Admittedly, back in the early days of digital photography when no one made 35mm sensors, the manufacturers provided the conversion information so consumers would understand what was happening to their lenses. At the same time, to cultivate consumer interest in such a restrictive design concept, the 'crop factor' was marketed as a benefit - 'greater reach from your current lenses'. Now that major manufacturers of digital SLR cameras have numerous size sensors available, including the traditional 35mm, it is time to cast aside the marketing.

As a world wide community we need to adopt some standardized scale or chart maybe to accurately convey that using a 75mm lens such as this on a smaller sensor will only provide the equivalent - Field of View - as a 150mm lens (so it is understood as a limitation, not a benefit) and at 75mm will lack the optical magnification of the 150mm lens on the larger sensor, therefore providing less detail capturing capability from the same distance.