New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup…(E-P3 by Thom, Olympus 45mm lens at Photozone)

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Our friends from Photozone (Click here) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. And that lens gets highly recommended: “The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 is a highly desirable lens. The important center resolution is already on a very good level straight from wide open aperture and only the corners are somewhat softer here. The quality is very high across the image field when stopping down to f/4. Vignetting, lateral CAs as well as distortions are all well controlled and not relevant in field conditions.
Yes, the lens is really a must have. Check price and availability at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Thom Hogan (Click here) reviewed the Olympus E-P3: “The sad thing is that we’re now in year three of the Pen, and the E-P3 hasn’t really budged the image quality bar. It’s a solid 2009-era 12mp camera. Unfortunately, it’s 2011. I’d expect more than a small nudge on noise reduction in terms of image quality change at this point.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 M43 review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Overall this lens is a very good, if a little pricey, general purpose telephoto, with good build quality and design. It may take those who are used to using more traditional lenses a little while to get used to the motorised zooming mechanism, but any issues will soon diminish with time given to familiarise yourself with its quirks“.
Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Non english tests:
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens test at OpenPn (click here for the translation).
Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic GX1 review at DC.fever (Click here to read the bad google translation). P.S.: I found a GX1 dedicated page at Panasonic Hong Kong. Nice!

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review at Ganref (again with bad google translation).

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  • GenoGibson

    Dare I say, the 45-200/40-150 are actually better lenses than the 45 1.8 for daytime outdoor portraiture. The 45 1.8 doesn’t really make a good low light lens and if you’re shooting in daylight the 45-200 and 40-150 are just as sharp from 40/45 to 100mm giving good bokeh quality within that zoom range.

    If I were shooting in a studio, the 45 1.8 is very good. But I mention these consumer zooms because they also make a good alternative for portraiture if you’re shooting mainly outdoors and don’t mind the extra weight, though at a much lower price.

    • Scott

      Why do you say the 45 1.8 doesnt make a good low light lens? I love mine for low light. I agree the longer the focal length the better but 90mm is pretty good imo

    • Totally disagree with you. Lenses starting at f4 are not good for portrait, specially in the M 4/3 format. I have both 45 f1.8 and 40-150mm and the 45 is far better for portrait.

      Regards

    • I use ND 8 filters when shooting wide open with my 45 1.8. The images that come out are stunning. Try using some and I think you will be quite pleased with the results. The 45-200 is pretty nice from 45-150~ish. You could make it work, but I think you’ll find shooting with the 45 1.8 and ND filters are an awesome combination.

    • Starred

      don’t understand your comments either. How could this (or even any) 1.8 lens not be a good low light lens?

    • Mar

      You’ve got it backwards 🙂

    • Bob B.

      The Oly 45 f/1.8 is a GREAT portrait lens for MFT ….inside…outside or in between.
      The 45-200 is not very sharp compared to a prime……and oh..oh..so slow. You can get nice shots with it..definitely outside in good light for candids……….but the 45 f 1.8 or even the Pany 45 f/2.8 macro are much better portrait lenses in my world. Much sharper and nice bokeh.
      I do not subscribe to the Geno school of photography. 🙂

    • Brod1er

      The 45-200 is ok for portraits – I had one and it was best for this. But it can’t compare to the Oly 45 which is in a different league in terms of spec (f1.8) and results (see reviews). An interesting alternative is the Panny 100-300 which I bought to replace the 45-200. It is a much better lens which is great for capturing unsuspecting candids from a distance.

  • anonymous

    i love my 45mm 🙂

    • katy

      What do you Guys think of the Pana/Leica 25mm 1.4 to use as a portrait lens?
      I’ve ordered one and it’s coming tomorrow. I’m so excited. I’ll be using it with the G3.

      • That could well be my definite kitlens.

      • Jim

        dunno – I don’t have one – but I have a 25mm F1.4 and I like it… but sometimes find it a little wide for portrait – its ok if you are up close and personal… but any distance and its a full body shot! – I know its not so traditional FL, but I liek using my 100mm F2.8 for portraits… bit too long but not far from ideal for me – 90mm (F2) would probably be my personal ideal portrait lens on 4/3…

      • Bob B.

        Great lens..if you want to get tighter the Oly 45mm f/1.8 is even beter!

  • Robert

    Mini-review of Olympus 45, 1.8 by Derrick Story:http://thedigitalstory.com/2011/12/action_photography_w.html

  • Bob B.

    OK..I own the 45-175…I shoot stills only on a GF1..Now that I have gotten past the IS firmware fix..that did not build confidence…..and have been using the lens for a little while…um……motorized zoom…I do not use it. The “mechanical zoom” is by wire…like the manual focus on most MFT lenses. No stop points…it just spins…and it is a little floaty..ie when you zoom it is not exact..like you are not completely connected to the process…All that I can deal with…the thing that REALLY takes some getting used to is that the mechanical-floaty-manual-zoom ring zooms backwards to every other zoom I have ever owned (Panasonics and Canons). That I cannot get used to..it is just reflex at this point in time. WTF? Its really awkward. I am sure the reason has to do with the internal-focusing-power-zoom design …blah..blah…blah..blah..blah.
    The lens is cool because it is so small…and decently sharp..but it should be less expensive in my book.
    It is a keeper even with it quirks and that is mainly because of its small size. I would be happier if it was a totally mechanical lens though and more positive with the mechanics……no power zoom.

  • Mice

    Is choosable a word?

    • eM

      Choose by yourselfes 🙂

  • I hope that panasonic will make a 45mm f/1.8, too. Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 is not so fast for low light work.

  • ILO

    Thom’s review is the most sensible EP3 review read so far. Someone in Olympus has to read it. I feel good about sticking to my E-P1 – not much improvement for upgrade. And still no VF – how difficult is that?

  • Great blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

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