(FT5) First image of the Black 45mm f/1.8 gets finally leaked too.


There was only one image not leaked until now. But now its’ here: The Black 45mm f/1.8 lens! via Digicaminfo.

The Silver 45mm lens like so many other Olympus camera and lenses got a price drop in USA:
The 17mm f/1.8 sells for $449 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The 45mm sells for $349 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The 75mm f/1.8 can be found with a $100 discount at [shoplink 38467 ebay]CameraLand (Click here)[/shoplink].
60mm macro is available for $449 at [shoplink 38470 ebay]CameraLand (Click here)[/shoplink].
E-P3 with lens for $379 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Olympus E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

  • Andres


    Awesome for my GX1 (silver)?

  • Avenger

    Silver version has more character

    • Anonymous

      Black version has more character

      • Anonymous

        No..no..no..silver has more character!

  • Mark

    Nice. Finally the complaining can stop. I will stay perfectly happy with my silver one. Hope Olympus will continue to make the high class lenses in silver (and black).
    Let’s see. What to complain about now?

    • mike


      I’m sure all the ‘photographers’ out there who seem to worry far too much about the finish color of their cameras/lenses will find something new. As for me, I have the day off and plan to create some stunningly sharp images with my silver 12 and 75 lenses ;-)

    • from you guys?

      Anything from Panasonic.

      Rant, Rant, Rant.

      • Fish

        Here’s one of those posts again. Complaining how hard people are on Panasonic, even when no one said anything about Panasonic…

  • Whats with the silver bit?

    • mr.smth

      they ran out of black ink. :D

  • Pat

    This prime set proves that Olympus really knows what its doing with lenses. Consistent, high quality and matched. Panasonic is getting its act together with zooms too, this system is starting to have some fine lens choices. This set a GH3 and the 25L lens would make a great convert film making kit

    • Too bad the f/2.8 pana zooms are purple, not black… didn’t stop me from getting the 12-35 today, but still…

      Anyway, I agree, the lens line-up is quite nice really, at least for general photography. Nice choice of fast zooms and primes between 12 and 100mm, and a very nice wide zoom starting at 7mm. A (non fisheye) prime at around 8mm seems lacking, and long fast tele primes and zooms are still lacking, but those are much more specialized lenses. Affordable zooms upto 300mm do exist which should do for most purposes.

  • The silver ring is preparing the “Limited Black” owners for the release of the new black 12 mm lens, which will also sport this silver ring. That way the “Limited Black” 12 mm lenses will look a bit different from the ordinary, new black standard edition lenses.

  • Damn Oly

    The more stealth ,the more comfort to do street photography

    Somehow,.when i using the 75,.people would easily get notice when i took a picture and,some of them questioned me: Is that a new SONY NEX lens,.its like abomination to hear that,.lol

    • Mark

      Don’t fool yourself with all that street photography ninja talk. People will notice you no matter what color camera/lens.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/baldheretic/6480592085/

        (no, not me, not taken by me either)

        But you are right, color doesn’t matter for people noticing you, your behavior, size of camera, and circumstances in general matter a lot more. My old silver E-P1 with silver 17/2.8 still works a lot better then my E-3 with 14-54 when it comes to people not consciously taking notice when I take pictures of them, despite the silver of the E-P1 and ‘needing to be much closer’.

        Beyond that, it rather seems people think street photography is essentially candid photography, which it isn’t.

      • Damn Oly

        You dont get the point here,. as i said ; more stealth is more comfort for me because my silver lenses (12,45,75) when attached on my BLACK OM-D it really created contrast image compare OM–D +60 macro which is black ,. So i had to purchased A SILVER E-PL 5 view months ago ,. but with disadvantage of less control button,.

        • I’m afraid its the other way around, and you aren’t getting Mark’s point, nor my point.

          Of course, whatever works for you works for you, no argument there, but, the point is that you WILL be seen, regardless of lens and camera color.

          The question is not if people unconsciously see you, they will. The question is if they take notice and respond.

    • MarcoSartoriPhoto

      I wear my Cloack of Invisibility and only then I can do street photography..

      • Nawaf


  • Ward

    it is really missing some wood….

  • I can see that the ugliest part (blue ring on silver background) is unchanged… BTW, I’m already happy with the silver version on black Panasonic body.

    • MarcoSartoriPhoto

      The blue ring will always be there. (Are you seriously complaining about it?!?!)

      • As all colors but this blue go together with Panasonic cameras I obviously prefer a black or red ring over a blue one. :D

        • I have a silver with black bodied om-d mounting a purple with black 12-35 that would like to meet your silver nosed, blue ringed, black bodied lumix, maybe they can be friends!

  • memento

    ok Know tell me price and release date please!

    • memento

      *Now :P

  • MarcoSartoriPhoto

    To me the only advantage of the black coating on 45mm (not on 12/17/75mm metal versions) is that after a while you won’t notice the scratches on the plastic lens body.

    • I have a silver 45mm, and its quite possibly the lens that has aged the worst out of all lenses i’ve had (canon, olympus, panasonic, sigma), and i’m pretty careful with my gear, so a black version of this lens is certainly welcome.

  • veteran of light

    now, the black hoods are needed (95% of them are silver for this lens).
    I personally have LIM’S SAH-SE37S1 (google it) but it does have a silver stripe – which isn’t very desirable on the black lens like this (I will remove the shiny/blue decoration ring) but I can live with it.

    the othe option was very popular cheap hood – 221120792936 on ebay, hopefully I see black version soon. It allows for 46mm cap/filters to be mounted on the top – which I never tried this way.

    — Out of topic question – feel free to delete (admin) —-

    Wouldn’t mounting filters (like circular polarizers or protective ones) on the end of the hood (instead of the inside of the hood directly on the lens) defeat the purpose of the hood? Like not collecting stray lights and such – which filters/glass at the end might attract and direct via tunnel inside the lens?

    Just asking as it would save me money on having most of them in 46mm with some hoods on this lens, and could sell 37mm ones I am using now (plus circular polarizing filter would be easier to operate).

    • MarcoSartoriPhoto

      Doing so will add a lot of lens flare.

    • Filters at the front of the hood are convenient, but indeed defeat the usefulness of the hood, because of what you say and many other reasons such as the filter not being protected against ‘bumping into things’.

      Polarizers together with lens hoods are a pita anyway, unless you get a screw-in hood and put it in front of the filter.

  • Jack

    That silver section looks so out of place.

  • Cheetos

    Still don’t know what is the deal with the silver strip. It is so out of place.

  • Tron

    I salute the whiners who made this moment possible. My trusty GH3 will soon have a 45mm added to it’s kit.

  • In street shooting the way you deal with proxemics (distance from body to body) is more important than the colour of the lens. However having stealthy equipment is also v. important, since you can take the picture a second before a person starts to wonder if you were taking a picture at all. So I welcome black wide primes.

    • tony

      I agree. Just recently I noticed how much looks may matter on my way back from some long exposures. I had a big cokin filter holder attached but people would let me do whatever I want. Maybe ND filters have a similar psychological effect like sunglasses. What matters to your subject is your lens and where it is pointed at and anything that will help you obscure these things can be useful.

  • Grev

    Olympus just doing aesthetic changes this year… everything from lenses to bodies…

  • Fish

    I like the silver metal lenses (12mm, 17mm, 75mm), but I prefer the looks of this black plastic lens over the silver plastic version. For some reason silver plastic looks like its trying to pass as something other than plastic and therefore looks fakey.

    • Brian

      Exactly right! Silver paint almost always looks cheap because it looks like the designer is trying to fake an unpainted metal finish. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone succeed with that.

  • ObviousTroll

    With that beautiful metallic finish and sensational sharpness? This is a game-changer.

  • black

    For the first time, I feel black is nicer. I still prefer silver for their metal lenses, but for 45mm black looks good!

  • kl

    I love my silver 45 still. Well choice is good. Think it’s a good time to hunt for a silver 17 F1.8 :)

    On a side note wonder what would it take for canon to recolour their L lenses :)

  • Uberzone

    I wonder if the black 75 and the 17 are going to have that odd strip of silver as well. The only pics posted are those with a hood on….

  • “First image of the Black 45mm f/1.8”

    No, this was the first one: http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj524/picrumors/pBfezIm_zps4db99cfe.jpg (on camera in the middle).

  • Anonymous

    So, I haven’t bought another lens for my GH2 with 14-140 lens. I have been thinking that either the 60mm f2.8 Sigma or the 45mm f1.8 Olympus will be my second lens for my GH2.

    Which do you think would provide better subject isolation? That would be the primary reason to get a second lens. I guess the other reason is to have a faster lens, and for that the 45mm might be more useful for indoor photos where there is less light.


    P.S. The 45mm in black makes it more desirable for my black GH2 also.

    • That depends really. The 45/1.8 should get you a bit shallower DOF (larger aperture and shorter working distance for the same subject size), but, a more narrow field of view will ‘blow up’ the background some more, which makes it look more blurred.

      So, working distance and subject to background distance are important factors in this.

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