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OlympusZuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

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    (17)

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    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (32)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
  • Consistent output (19)
  • Easily interchangeable (17)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Lens cap (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Portraits (7)
  • Low light (6)
  • Macro photography (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (8), Enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Light and portable

Complaining about the lens cap will be common to all reviews. It is a metal screw-on disc, that is hard to work unless the camera is facing up. Order a 43mm pinch lens...Read complete review

Complaining about the lens cap will be common to all reviews. It is a metal screw-on disc, that is hard to work unless the camera is facing up. Order a 43mm pinch lens caps when you order, along with a protective haze filter. Don't plan on a thick filter, such as a polarizing filter or a stack of filters, because you will cut off the corners of the image. Even though this is a standard quality Zuiko (expensive but not REALLY expensive) it has a metal (not plastic) connector linking it to the camera body. If you have lived your entire photographic life with a zoom lens, you may not like a prime. You do your framing by zooming your feet back and forth from the subject--or move the subject. Be careful at the rim of the Grand Canyon.

This lens is thin and light. It won't zoom, of course, but if you have 8 or 10 megapixels, you can crop and still leave respectable resolution. It's great for when your evolt series Olympus DSLR has to serve tourist duty or for holidays with the family. Auto focusing in low light is accurate and, although this is not really a macro, my rose pictures are quite presentable as are those of people.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small Size Is The Key Feature

The small size and light weight of this lens are the only reasons to consider buying this lens. Optically, it's not the excellent lens that previous reviews would lead you to believe. Quite...Read complete review

The small size and light weight of this lens are the only reasons to consider buying this lens. Optically, it's not the excellent lens that previous reviews would lead you to believe. Quite the contrary. Chromatic aberration (CA) is the biggest problem you'll find. Not only will you see CA at the edges of the frame but even towards the edges of the inner third of the frame. Sharpness and contrast are characteristically so-so, typical for lenses in this price bracket.

As others have already noted, the screw-on lens cap is really an unnecessary annoyance.

But if you really need a "pancake" style lens for your Oly this is about the only choice.

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4.0

not to bad...

By MrMizo

from Boston, Ma

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Slow Focus
  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

  • Portrait

Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

I like the compact design of this lens. It's not the best in low light but certainly not the worse. One thing I'm not a fan of is the screw on front lens cover. But overall its a decent lens. I'm not excited about it but definitely not unhappy about it.

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5.0

Great lense

By Ydnam4

from Ferndale, mi

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

Great addition to my Olympus camera. Great price, and fast shipping as well!

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5.0

Works great, so small and unobtrusive

By biketan

from Needham, MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

    I'm most thrilled that with this lens on the camera, that I don't draw too much attention to myself and the camera, as I did with my 14-54 plus lens hood on. I find using a normal focal length lens very versatile and now have this as my walkaround lens. Of course, it would have been nice if Olympus made a f2.0, but hey, you get what you pay for, and I think this lens is overall a great value.

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    5.0

    Small and fast lens

    By Johny.org

    from Montreal

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

      I got this for my e420, i was ready to get rid of this camera prior to owning this great lens, im glad i got it, takes great pictures, sharp, small and fast!

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      4.0

      Good reason to show brand loyalty

      By Wilson

      from Mexico City, Mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Indoorsgood light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

      A valuable lense to have in one's arsenal being a photography enthusiast. It is great for low to medium range shots, including portraits of objects and people where telefoto, wide-angles and zooms are not essential, saving their adjustments and time to change. It is also light and flat making the camera-lense unit a little more maneuverable. Some say it absorbs a little too much light.

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      4.0

      size does matter

      By tetzu

      from us of a

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Size
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

          love the size it's really small and lightweight, nice construction, metal mount, good IQ better than kit lens. the only reason why i ranked it 1 star short is because in low light situations f2.8 comes a little short for me as i dont want to bump ISO more than 1600, but again for the price of 200+ this lens cant be beat.

          best feature is the size of the lens, 25mm reach is practical everywhere any shooting type and 2.8 would give you nice enough bokeh and fast enough shutter speed in most situations.

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          5.0

          Handy Little Thing

          By Jacques Debauche

          from Warwick NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Small

          Cons

          • Screw-in lens cap

          Best Uses

          • Point and shoot

          Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

          I mount this lens on a Olympus E620 and a Leica Digilux-3 when I want to travel light. The lens weighs 114 grams compared to the Leica f1.4 Summilux's 526 grams, and is a mere 20 mm long compared to the Summilux's 73 mm. Of course it is only a quarter as fast, but when f2.8 is fast enough I will use this lens. With this little lens, the Digilux-3 will fit into a large pocket. While I haven't done a rigorous focus and distortion comparison, there are no noticeable differences from the Summilux's performance. The lack of an aperture ring is not a big bother since this lens is used mainly in automatic mode. The major negative is the screw-in lens cap - it's such an annoyance to use that I just trust a haze filter to protect the lens, and leave the cap at home.

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          2.0

          Not bright enough

          By Aaron

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

          I purchased this lens in preparation for our newborn, I wanted a lens that wouldn't require the use of a flash indoors. It did not deliver. I was able to take close up pics outside and blur the background, but keeping the lens wasn't worth this feature. It is a very slim lens, the metal cover is weird and could probably get easily lost. The pictures were clear and the camera didn't really hunt while focusing, but I wanted the f/2.8 to be bright enough for me. It wasn't. I guess the more expensive Sigma is my only bet, but its about double the cost.

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          5.0

          Haven't taken many shots, but...

          By Margie

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

              It's an excellent piece to have. Makes picking up the camera easy and friendly. Only thing is you should buy the little plastic clip lens cover because the screw on metal that comes with the lens is cumbersome.

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              5.0

              "Superlative Lens"

              By Hwy. Rob

              from New Orleans

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                Fabulous in every way. By design. By performance. And most of all, performance in optics, other than adjustments, fit and finish. "Great job Olympus!"

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                3.0

                Pancake lens

                By waysidelynne

                from connecticut

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                While the lens is certainly light and useful for toting around, it's hard to mount, not easy to uncover (lens cover screws on) and the bokeh effect wasn't nearly what I had hoped. It does take great pictures but I would recommend it only if you were using it on a second camera.

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                4.0

                wanna go light ? go for it !

                By Jolly Oly

                from Croatia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                    Excellent companion to E-4xx/5xx/6xx bodies. Very good quality for the price. Optically better then expected.

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                    5.0

                    Great pocket lens

                    By Travis

                    from Springfield, VA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                      Very compact, surprised at how small it is. The lens is very quick for being a 2.8 and seems to focus quickly as well. It's a nice lens to just attach and go for a quick walk around and the image quality seems to be almost as good as the High Grade lenses.

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                      4.0

                      Good value

                      By Andrew

                      from Cambridge, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                      This is one of the cheapest ZD lenses you can buy (probably tied with the 35mm macro, which is also an excellent value!) It's TINY, and feels very well built, and the image quality is very good.

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                      4.0

                      Worthy addition to E-620

                      By Hans

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • A bit slow in low light

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                      For the money a bright and amazingly lightweight fixed lens with quite nice bokeh effect. Would not want to miss it. Makes the E-620 very compact and light. Comes with a screw-in type lens cap, which is a bit awkward but indestructible (a snap-in type is available from Olympus). I give "only" 4 stars because it is not a 2.0 lens (it's a 2.8) but I fully realize that that can't be had at this price.

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                      4.0

                      great every day lens

                      By claudia

                      from Brazil

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Lens cap

                      Best Uses

                      • General Purpose
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                      I bought this lens to use on my E-620 in street shots and travels and I was surprised by the quality of portraits too. It turns my camera very lightweight and easy to carry in my daily bag.
                      I´m very happy with the overall performance.

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                      4.0

                      Awesome lens for the size

                      By gmed

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                        What I love about this lens is that it is very small, well made, and the pictures are very sharp. At 25mm (50mm on 35mm standard), the lens seems to have a wide angle of view than a normal 50mm on a FF camera, to me it seems more like a 35mm-40mm lens than a 50mm lens, but in a way, this is good. I much rather have a f 2.0, but for the price, I shouldn't complain.

                        Over all great walk around lens.

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                        4.0

                        A Very Useful Lens

                        By Russ Lewis

                        from Manitou Springs, Colorado

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                            I bought this lens along with the appropriate adapter so I could have the equivalent of a 50mm lens on my Olympus E-P1. I'm a dedicated street shooter and in film days my favorite combination was a Leica M4 with 50mm Summicron. Successful street shooting depends a lot on equipment with which you're absolutely familiar. For a while I used my Nikon D3 with a 50mm on the street, but the E-P1/25mm Zuiko combination is a lot less conspicuous and threatening.

                            Neither the E-P1 nor the 25mm Zuiko auto-focusses very quickly, but a 25mm lens gives you enough depth of field at, say, f/8 to use zone-focus almost exclusively on the street.

                            In street photography sharpness isn't an end in itself, but this little lens is sharp enough. The lens shows more chromatic aberration than I'd like, but not enough to be a real problem.

                            Bottom line: though it's not a Summicron, this little lens is a very useful tool.

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                            4.0

                            Perfect match with e420

                            By Welton

                            from Stamford, ct

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                            Pros:
                            Small size.
                            Cons:
                            Lens cap is too tiny. Lens cap thread is too tight.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice "normal" lens

                            By Birdshot

                            from Shreveport, LA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Purpose

                              Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Lens:

                              I'm using this lens on an Olympus EP1 with a Panasonic 4/3 to micro 4/3 adapter. The combination works well and the lens seems to function as required. Optical performance has been good. I've been happy with the photos I've done with this lens but I honestly haven't had a chance to use it a whole lot. Based on my observations so far, it's a solid four-star assessment. The lens seems very well built, more solid than the EP1 17mm and 14-42mm lenses. The combination of the lens and adapter are heavy compared to both the other Olympus lenses I have but this improves the balance of the camera. So far, I'm liking it.

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