Olympus 45mm f/1.8 shipping and first AF test.

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And finally also US citizen are receiving their pre ordered Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. About time! The lens has been announced exactly three months ago! The video on top is made by Mike Kobal which shows a short AF test. And Adam compared that lens with the Canon 50mm 1.8 FD and Minolta 50mm 1.7 MD on a video you can see on youtube (Click here). A first user review is also available on Amazon (Click here).
You can check the availability of the lens by clicking those search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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  • JF

    Olympus, please, a black version !!!!

    • Z

      I would like a white version :)

  • Chris

    I found one yesterday for MSRP, and it will be arriving on Tuesday. Pretty excited about this lens. Anyone want to buy my 20 1.7? I never really use it.

    • I’d be interested in your 20 1.7! Send me an email! =)

  • Hi ! I have a “Auto Olympia MC” 2.8/28 mm lens (m42/55@) and i will know where are they made, i can’t find any informationd about this lens on internet (Serial No. 763094). Can you help me please with a few link’s or other info’s please !? Are they made by Olympus !? Thanks !!!

  • The Amazon ‘first user review’ is pretty useless. He spends most of his time kvetching about the fact that the lens has some plastic barrel components, about the number of diaphragm blades, and about that it costs more than a Canon 50/1.8. There’s nothing wrong with plastic if it’s used properly, the number of diaphragm blades isn’t all that important, and I can read the price tags for myself, thank you very much…

    • Jim

      Totaly agree, the material only needs to be the best one for the job… the material does not nessaseraly need to be metal… besides lead would be crap :)

      The next generation of battle tanks for the US army will probably be made of plastic!

  • Bu

    He sounds like Arnie! I hope he’ll be back with another lens mini-review :p

    • Jim

      lol yeh 45mm…. just what i was thinking…

    • Carl

      Ya! ziz is gut! Indeed a Terminator lens

    • Anonymous

      “let’s go out and shoot something”

      • can anyone get a soundlcip for that bit? love it!

  • When the M16 rifle was introduced in the 60’s a lot of old soldiers din’t approve because it was mostly plastic. By the time they’d had to march 30 miles with one, they’d all changed their minds. Some of those weapons are still being used today, except for the ones in which the metal bits wore out.

    • Mr. Reeee

      They loved the weight of the early M16’s… until they started jamming regularly. ;-)

  • frank

    I have some FD lenses and my experience is that the useability and the image quality of those legacy lenses is greatly exaggerated. Yes, a nice image is possible from about f5.6 on, but nowhere near as good as native m43 lenses wide open. So yes, I will buy a native m43 portrait lens over a legacy lens.

    I am just wating for a pancake portrait lens from panasonic, like the 20/1.7, I hope…

    • ktr

      frank, I have also collected some old FD lenses and I espacially enjoy my 1.4/50mm, 1.8/85mm and 2.8/200mm. Of course, they might not be so brilliant as native m4/3 lenses would be, but anyway, I really enjoy using it to use them. It makes fun!

      • I couldn’t agree more FD lenses on Olympus m43 cameras are fun and gave me great images and wonderfull colour

  • Bryan Brunton

    The FD lenses (I have the 50mm 1.4) allow low light photography on m4/3 for cheap.

    I can shoot inside my house at night for $50.

    The kit lens is essentially worthless for shooting people in low light.

  • Narretz

    Still 1-2 months away in all German online stores. Is Olympus pulling a Panasonic with this lens?

    • agent00soul

      I got mine yesterday, from a Swedish webshop.

  • I’m sure they are selling them as fast as they can make them.

  • Anonymous

    it’s amazing how much sharper the olympus lens is than the legacy lenses.

    that’s the same experience i have currently when i compare the olympus 4/3 zuiko 50mm f2 to a legacy nikon 50mm f1.4.

    the 1.4 is nice for extreme low light situations, but it’s not nearly as sharp as the olympus lens, at any aperture. nor does the nikon have the contrast that the zuiko has.

    • Jim

      I think maybe you are compairing the sharpest Oly lens ever made with old glass… so I should expect it to be sharper… (possibly the 4/3 50mm F2 is the sharpest lens made ever???)

      But your totaly right all the best of my old respected glass is blown away by the kit 14-42 oly from my EP1!

  • tim

    Just got it in today!! C some shots on my photostream if u like:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/timvanvliet

    I already love the lens tack sharp and a super dof. Though the wire focus is a bit jumpy with filming. But hey who buys a rolling shutter cam for filming…..

    • fibbs

      Thanks Tim for the pictures, looking good, also lens quality seems to be superb for that. Gonna get that lens 2!

  • st3v4nt

    the 45 price still TBA in my town….waiting patiently….after adding 45mm to my 20mm all I need is 14 or 12 with right price….and good aperture…

  • Doogs

    Sharp!!!!!

  • ahfoen

    Just got mine today. It’s very sharp and the build quality is decent.. but the autofocus hunts a bit on my E-p2 in darker places….

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