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

(based on 227 reviews)

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    (189)

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    (36)

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    (2)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (175)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (134)
  • Nice bokeh (130)
  • Consistent output (97)
  • Easily interchangeable (84)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (118)
  • Weddings (76)
  • Portraits (67)
  • Night photography (63)
  • Landscape/scenery (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (84), Semi-pro photographer (32), Enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (188), 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

Superb prime lens

By Richard

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Excellent lens. I have the Olympus 25mm 1.8 and it is a great addition for more reach.

 
4.0

Great Little Lens for Street and Portraits

By JoeLovotti

from southwick, ma

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens on my PenF
Great Portraits
Great Telephoto
Sharp, Sharp, Sharp
Small

 
5.0

So far so good.

By Hello

from California

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

The color values it produces are different at the same settings than the lens my camera gx85 came with. The imagine is darker and has less accurate coloring. That said.. it's less distorting and is capturing more detail. Will require more customized settings for best results.

 
4.0

I am glad I bought it.

By Microbe

from Montana

Verified Buyer

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

Annoyances: I am irritated that it does not come with its own lens hood. Its mount is really tight, requiring extra effort to lock it into place. At first I thought something was wrong, but I had it in correctly.

Positives: I have five prime lenses for my beloved 35 year old film SLR. The 100 mm telephoto has always been my favorite. I wanted a similar focal length for my OM-D. I hesitated because of the price, but I am glad I went ahead. It works perfectly with my OM-D EM10 Mk II, same quick and quiet focusing. Images are uniformly sharp. It deserves its fine reputation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great low light lens for M4/3 cameras ( I use GH3 and GH4)

By Angelica

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

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

I would say this lens is excellent for GH3 and GH4 cameras. A plus is that it has automatic focus and its compatible with panasonic GH3 and GH4. This is a M4/3 lens so there is no crop factor with it which is amazing. It is also a great low light lens! I can say I can do almost a whole event with this little lens and almost never switch to other lenses I can get decent medium close ups medium wide shots and some times even some close ups its a very versatile lens without the need move too far or too close from the subject.
The only negative I found in this lens is that if its used with the GH3 or GH4 in automatic focus the focus is very slow... so if you need to focus a subject quickly to not miss a moment I recommend using it in manual focus, the automatic focus works but very slow specially in low light settings it takes a while to identify the subject and automatically focus something that doesn't happen with the panasonic lenses (in a panasonic camera of course) I can not say how it would work in an olympus camera just because I don't own one. I don't know if the focus speed is because is being used in a panasonic and not an olympus camera, but for panasonic users just be aware of this. besides that great little lens. Very sharp/crisp shots when focused well!

 
5.0

love it

By Ruth the hiker

from Kingman AZ

Verified Buyer

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

beautiful portrait lens love the bokeh when I shoot portraits also very sharp when I shoot landscapes

 
5.0

Excellent

By Love

from 'Merica

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

Excellent

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice lens

By Lizziesue

from Charlotte, N.C.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I use this lens for landscapes and at the zoo.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Flawless ...

    By Matt

    from Edmonton, Alberta

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Industrial Inspection
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This is a masterpiece. Sharp, distortion free, huge amount of light coming in, just flawless.
      Bought it for my Inspire 1 Pro drone with X5 camera and it works like a charm. Some people reports video yello artifacts with this almost tele lens, related to a badly vibrating camera mount or gimbal issues. Not in my case. Video is smooth, slow panning with no blur, amazing details. Bingo!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Amazing lens

      By Sir Plunk

      from Chester County, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This is my first prime lens and I have to admit that I was a little hesitant on buying one but I'm so glad I picked this one up and I look forward getting another one perhaps the 75 mm next.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharpest Lens in the Bag

          By World Traveller

          from Augusta, GA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Birds And Critters
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Portrait Lens
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I bought this mainly as a portrait lens - which the 45mm f/1.8 delivers marvelously; good colors, natural skin-tones and narrow depth of field that gives superb separation between subject and background.
          When I discovered how SHARP and FAST the Autofocus was, I decided to try my hand at photographing the birds that visit my backyard feeders. Take a look at the 3 bird photos I put up to demonstrate what the lens will render. WOW! You can see the results for yourself. Look at my birds... 'nuff said.
          I'm a casual photographer using a new Olympus PEN-F. I have a good array of most of the 'must-have' lenses in the M. Zuiko line. This 45mm 1.7 is the lightest, smallest but most sharp focus of all of the lenses I carry in my bag. I shot my birds at F2.0 in the evening; the darkest image (of the male cardinal) was taken at 8:45pm - dark lighting yet the lens rendered a soft pleasant image without too much grain and noise. I'm sorry but I don't know what ISO I was shooting at. I am an amateur photographer, so I still have to learn and figure out what the heck "ISO" is!

          I got all of my gear through B&H; One happy camper!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing combo with a DJI Inspire Pro X5

          By Craig

          from Boston, Ma

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

          Excellent lens. Well made. Without issue. Put on the inspire pro x5 and you have an amazing combination in the air. Don't forget to balance and buy a filter to do so or lens hood

           
          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Sharp and compact

            By On the river

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

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

            Great little lens. Compact size.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Nice Sharp lens

            By Old Man Mitch

            from Glen Burnie Maryland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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 .

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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.

             
            5.0

            A favorite

            By Beginner

            from Kansas City

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            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!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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