New Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and Olympus E-PM1 reviews.


QE Park from Michael Mills on Vimeo. Taken with hacked GH2 and Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses

M43blogspot (Click here) compared the new Olympus 45mm lens with the Panasonic-Leica 45mm macro lens: “So, which lens is best in terms of sharpness? I think that the Panasonic lens generally does better. The Panasonic lens appears to render a bit better at f/2.8, in my opinion. At larger apertures, there is no comparison, of course, since the Panasonic lens cannot be opened further.

Olympus 45mm first impression by snowhenge (Click here): “This is a fun lens to use, much more so in my opinion that the highly-rated Lumix 20mm. It is light, but well built, with a large, well damped focus ring. It looks gorgeous. And the results are pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. This is a must-have lens for and Micro Four Thirds camera owner. And an absolute bargain“.

Techradar (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-PM1 review: “The excellent build quality, fast autofocus, compact size and relatively low price all add up to a very attractive package. Beginners will love the simple control layout and image quality from the Four Thirds Format Live MOS sensor.

Also (Click here to read the google translation) posted an E-PM1 review. But the google translation tool makes such a bad job that I will refuse to post the conclusion.

Click on the shop names to check the price and availability:
Links to the Olympus E-PM1 at [shoplcountry 23565] Links to the Olympus 45mm lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Links to the Panasonic 45mm lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Links to the Olympus 12mm lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

  • Fish

    For anyone who doesn’t want to pay $60 for the 45mm lens hood (hopefully no one does), JJC has thankfully started producing their own copy of it:

    I picked one up because I want to support this company for charging a reasonable price for what is just a small plastic cylinder.

    • nikon

      music was great. pictures look okay until it showed that old man moving very fast (looking side to side). he looked like a dead zombie. no facial contrast. skin tone was horrendous. ugh!
      other than that, plants and other stuff were great.

  • V

    Ordered on about 20 minutes ago

    • dj

      Thumbs UP V !

  • V


  • Fish

    Awesome V!

    I just love this 45mm lens. I put a good quality b+w uv filter on it to protect the front element, but I started to doubt the wisdom of adding more glass to the lens. I thought: Olympus’ engineers know what they’re doing, and if the lens needed another element, they would have added one.

    The consensus appears to be that a hood will improve contrast while also providing some protection.

    I plan on leaving the new hood on the 45mm and putting the bayonet cover ring on the front of the 14-42mm II kit lens (exact same size), that way I won’t lose it and the dash of silver will dress up the kit lens a little : )

  • Frederic Hew

    The comparison between the two 45mm is interesting for me –

    I don’t own either 45 but I do own the ZD 50/2 and it has been show to outperform the PL 45… now I know that I have the sharper lens (doesn’t really come as a surprise).

    On the other hand sharpness is not everything. The Oly 45 is small and focuses very fast which makes it a very enjoyable lens in use – much more so than the clunky, albeit optically stunning, ZD 50.

    Will I be getting the new Oly? Probably not.

    I am waiting to see if Olympus can eventually make my 4:3 lenses work on a mirrorless body. I doubt they will, and even if they do the 50 will remain slow, but the lenses I have are too good to give up.

  • Michael Mills

    Thanks for linking to my Vimeo video, admin! I am an avid reader of your stellar work on this site.

  • dj

    ive got the 50mm f2 -fabulous lens–perfect for nature stuff, but id like to buy this 45mmf1.8 –its so small and sharp , good price too: every m4/3 user should buy one.

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