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

(based on 244 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (205)

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    (37)

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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

Great portrait lens from Olympus!

By BocaCat

from Boca Raton

Verified Buyer

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

So, I have been adding lenses to my OMD-E-M1 and this is the latest one I purchased. This is a great lens for portraits. I love the telephoto view and the photos are clear and sharp even wide open. If you want a lens that makes your photos pop then this is a great lens for that. This lens is light and portable so no reason not to carry it around with your gear when you out and about. Just get it!

 
5.0

Olympus lens

By Bob

from Undisclosed

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

Still want a longer lens for my Inspire2 drone. Even a longer zoom up to a 100mm would be nice Olympus! But very clear in the edges. Nice job! I sure would like to see the Z30x fir the Inspire2. Us DJI LISTENING?

 
5.0

Sharp!

By Tyler

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

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

Great little lens for sharp portrait work. Great buy for micro 4/3.

 
5.0

Olympus 45mm 1.8 MFT lens

By Stratobladder

from Spokane WA

Verified Buyer

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

I got this lens to use on my Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 drones. This lens is awesome. I needed this for a 7.4 mile foot race, but couldn't fly over people, so flew offset. Lens gives great clarity and sharpness. Just remember that objects are further away than they appear. Both the X5 and X5S cameras give excellent stability, especially considering it's a telephoto lens. I would recommend getting the DJI balancing rings for whichever camera you use for extra smoothness, although it's not mandatory and works fine without the ring. I am super satisfied with the purchase and B&H was on top of prompt shipping, as always.

 
5.0

Returning to This Excellent Lens

By Fast Lens Lover

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased one of this lenses a few years ago, but then I sold it thinking that a 1.5 f-stop faster lens is what I wanted. But at over 3 times the weight, the faster & heavier portrait lens was not in line with what the micro four thirds (MFT) movement is all about - compact high performance. I received the Olympus 45mm less than a month ago, and I am very pleased to have this lens again. It was my main go-to lens for a large non-profit event this past weekend, and it will again be my lens of choice as my compact, high performance portrait lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recomend

By Keila

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Fantastic

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(4 of 6 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.

(3 of 3 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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!!!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

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