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

(based on 238 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (199)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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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

Recommended!

By Adam

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Yesssss!`

 
5.0

Very good for Portraits

By Howardd

from Ramsey NJ

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. Nice and sharp.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very sharp lens, but maybe a little long for DJI Inspire 1

By Kyle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this to use with my DJI Inspire 1 Pro. The lens is very sharp and has a nice focus falloff to it. Nice bokeh. Only issue I had with it was the jitters on when flying with it in minor winds (pretty calm). This is a 90mm equivalent on the X5, so it's no surprise that there were some jitters, but still unfortunate.

So all-in-all, I can't knock the score too much, because it does a good job being a lens. But maybe a little too much for the Inspire 1 and X5. Looking to replace it with the 25mm instead.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful prime lens

By Andrew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A great prime lens. Good for street and for portraits. Great bokeh, great in low light.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would absolutely buy this lens if needed

By Jessica

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this one for taking picture for my blog and I LOVE it. Amazing depth of field and makes my
Photos so dreamy. Got the e-pl 7 body with this and taking photos is effortless.

 
5.0

M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm: Great Investment

By Ron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This 45mm micro four-thirds lens is equivalent to 90mm on a full-frame camera (because of the M43 crop factor). The lens is light-weight (116g) and is made of plastic, apart from the metal mount, but it does feel solid. Most importantly, the glass is good and the silver-colored barrel looks nice on my DJI Zenmuse X5.

I use this lens only for drone work so I can't comment on how well still photographs look taken with this lens, but the video images I have film are super clean & sharp. A great lens that I more often fly/film with- rather than the DJI 15mm kit lens.

 
5.0

Pretty Sharp

By Rohit

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Excellent lense, very well built, pretty sharp perfect for portraits!!!

 
5.0

Love it

By Ali

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Use it for just about everything and love it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have lens, no doubt

By Douglas

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I had good expectations of this lens based on other reviews but after playing it for one day I have to add to the accolades it already has. The mild telephoto restricts it to a particular set of shots (I bought it for portraits) but wow, when the requirements are right this is an amazing lens. On my EM-1 it is wicked fast for autofocus but even better for portraits it's crazy accurate.

Attached shots are JPEGs straight out of the EM-1. Hand held.

 
5.0

Performs as advertised.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent, sharp, low light lens.

 
5.0

Excellent lens for MFT

By Lakshmi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for Panasonic G7. I was not happy with the kit lens for Panasonic G7 14-140 mm - as the photos coming too out of focus or dark. Olympus lens seem to be working very good, photos look sharp and bright. Little difficult to put the lens initially - but once it is fit - the photos look awesome.

 
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

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