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(FT5) New Olympus teaser for the upcoming 75mm portrait lens!


Image courtesy: Techradar

Olympus is sending out a new teaser! After the weird nuts(LOL) for the new Tough camera (Click here)…..Techradar got the message you see here on top of this post! Obviously this is for the new 75mm f/1.8 portrait lens. The lens will be announced within the next weeks (and don’t forget that there is a Panasonic announcement too!).

The lens is said to have the highest image quality of all current Micro Four Thirds lenses. It is not weather sealed and if according to some unconfirmed rumors it should cost $799. That’s a lot less than comparable Full Frame lenses like the Canon 135mm f/2.0 (Click here) and Nikon 135mm f/2.0 (Click here). Only the 85mm Canon f/1.8 (here at Amazon) and the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 (here at Amazon) are cheaper but also have an older design and are not as long as the Olympus (127.5mm on an APSC camera).


I know I already posted a similar poll months ago. But now we have some more info about the lens price and quality. So I ask you again:

If the 75mm f/1.8 lens really has the best image quality and costs $799 (or 699 Euro). Will you buy it?

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One more thing. I don’t know yet if the 60mm f/2.8 macro will also be announced along the 75mm lens!


Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

  • I struggle with the pricing of this. Compared to the 135L, yes, it’s a steal. But this isn’t a 135mm lens. It’s a 75mm/1.8. And there are plenty of 85mm/1.8’s that are much cheaper (though, I understand this is all metal, but still).

    I guess we’ll see how IQ is. If it’s tact sharp wide open w/o major CA issues… I’d lean toward getting it.

    • Mikey

      Only thing that matters is equivalence. The angle of view dictates what the lens will be used for and at the end of the day, that’s what matters.

    • Geoff

      It may be a 75mm but with all the different formats about we have to compare angles of view, we are no longer able to compare focal lengths. I we did that, why didn’t we compare a 50 mm with a 75mm on a 120 camera, as they were effectively like for like, a standard lens. People have to forget focal lengths in this day and age, perhaps a case for Admin to publish Angle of View along with the Focal Length of any given lens mentioned.

      As for myself, bring it on, I like the increase in speed over my 75-150 & 135 Zuiko’s.

      • Ross

        Focal lengths usually implies how much glass (or lenses) is used, as in diameter & that also puts it into certain price brackets. One of the advantages of 4/3’s & now M4/3’s is to have the same reach as a larger format camera at a cheaper price for the same IQ, because of the physical size of the lenses.

        • Geoff

          How do you work that out, if that were the case long telephoto’s should be quite cheap as they usually have the fewer elements, all beit bigger ones.

          However it has no relevence to my comment on the use of Angle of View as opposed to Focal Length, as the angle of view of a given lens will be constant for any given format, unlike the focal length which changes.

          • Chez Wimpy

            Longer focal lengths are cheaper. “400mm” equivalent here is available in the 45-200 kit zoom… at a price point that no FF camera can match.

    • JHP

      Don’t struggle. Do something positive for yourself and go get one of those 85mm f/1.8 that seem to have your attention. The new 75mm f/1.8 is what it is. You either buy it or you don’t. Personal struggles change nothing about the lens or the m4/3 system. There are cheap lenses from all manufacturers if that is what you want.

      I will purchase the 75mm f/1.8 and it will become my primary mid-telephoto lens. No struggling about equivalencies for me because I have no other AF choice in m4/3. Additionally, I will revel in my four-lens set that is no slower than f/2 for any member. Cool.

    • Don’t see myself getting it for that price. It looks like the Panny 35-100 won’t be much bigger. Plus it will be weatherproofed…for maybe $300 more?I know F2.8 is quite different than F1.8, but I already have the 20/1.7 & 45/1.8, so consider myself covered for low light.
      As far as DOF goes, 75/2.8 gives a shallower DOF than 45/1.8…and I’m already happy with the subject isolation from my 45/1.8. And 100/2.8 is even shallower!
      So, I guess I just sorted myself out. Gonna save for the 35-100. Hurry up Panny! Sorry Olympus, not this time!

      • +1

      • eFWee


        I think the money of m43 owners is in weathersealed lenses right now. Why would I cripple an important feature of the E-M5?

        A cheap weathersealed ultrawide angle (9-10mm f4) for a similar price as the 45mm would sell like hotcakes. I think it is relatively easy to produce.

        And if Olympus can’t come up with 2.8 zoom lenses they are leaving a lot of money and market for Panasonic.

        • Anon

          Yes! All I need for the perfect setup is my Leica 25mm f1.4 for normal / portrait and the much sought after m43 ultrawide prime. Before I went m43 I was shooting with a Canon 7D, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (always at 11) combo and never wanted for anything except a respite from carrying 6+ lbs of camera gear everywhere!

      • Mooboy

        You know, I was sure I wanted this Oly 75mm lens, but you make a very good argument for the Pana 35-100.

        In the end though, focal length and max aperture don’t mean much unless image quality is there. But, I pause on the Oly now to wait and see how it compares to the Pana.

      • Swejk


      • Anonymous

        The 35-100 will be nice, but even the highest quality telephoto zooms pale in image quality compared to a decent quality telephoto prime. If the 35-100 is truly a constant f2.8, that’ll make the image quality even worse either at the 35 or 100mm end of the zoom, especially when you look at the size constraint of the lens. If it is an f2.8-f3.5/f4.0, then panasonic should be able to up the quality throughout the range, but then you lose the fast aperture. To try to get all these good things into 1 zoom lens would mean it’ll be physically much larger, and you can see that panasonic is trying to keep these new X lens compact.

        • @Anonymous, perhaps you’re right. But I’ll trust my own eyes and one or two respected reviewers over an anonymous comment on this forum!
          Besides, absolute IQ is a load of BS, to me. There’s as much crap talked about lenses as wine.

      • avds


      • the bokeh of both 75 & 35-100 has to be seen before we can say which one has nicer shallow dof rendering. The ZD 35-100 has marvelous bokeh at all positions.

    • Mr. Reeee

      I’ve been thinking of getting a 75mm or 85mm lens for quite a while, to sit between a Nikon 105mm f2.8 macro and Pentax 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar. I agree those Nikon 85mm lenses look pretty tempting, especially when I see the size and supposed price of the upcoming Oly 75mm. I prefer manual lenses to AF.

      I took a different tack and bought a new Voigtländer 75mm f2.5 Color Heliar lens. It’s not the newer, bigger f1.8, but an older Leica L39 screwmount rangefinder lens. It’s light (220g), small (43mm filters) and very nice to use with typical stellar Voigtländer fit, finish and quality. It even includes a very nice lens hood. It’s officially been discontinued, but is selling off their remaining stock at $489. So, it sits about 1/2 way between a manual Nikon and the new Oly.

      Since you’re not spooked by manual lenses, it’s worth a look.

      • i would love to try the nikkor 105 1.8 on the om-d. Same applies for the canon 85 fd 1.2. unfortunately these are expensive too as you need a hi quality adapter too.

    • I own the ef 135 f2 L and the ef 85 f1.8, and both are excellent and the 135 is exceptional.

      The E-M5 is worthy of fine glass. and like you said, if it’s tact sharp wide open w/o major CA, I’l definitely buy.

    • MikeH

      For this price, why isn’t it weathersealed? If it uses internal focusing, even moreso.

      Any good or great lens for m43 is a win in my book, but I don’t understand why Olympus didn’t weatherseal this when they knew the EM-5 would be weathersealed.

    • Bob B.

      I have to say…I am very excited about this lens. H and B Digital gave me a call today to tell me that they had a Silver Olympus OM-D for me if I wanted it (Tony and Mario ARE THE BEST!!!!!!), and I said YES. This lens will definitely be best utilizing the IBIS which I do not have on my Pany GX1. I am going to wait for some reliable reviews…but this lens is a no-brainer for me to round out my system. I will have ten lenses if I purchase this one and only two of my MFT lenses have IS…so the OM body is a nice improvement for my kit. Eight of my lenses will be able to be shot at lower ISO for non-moving subjects than before..which is always a plus! Olympus is hitting the mark lately!

  • Mikey

    Wow. A teaser about a portrait but with an xz and epl camera holding the banner down.

    Looks like an epl and xz announcement is also on the way, nice.

    • DP

      I think that that’s just what techradar used to hold the scroll down with to photograph it…

      But I do think there’s an XZ-2 coming!

    • TGIF


      Nice. I wish it’s coming.

  • El Duderino

    i’d like to buy it, but it’s out of my range. Already own the 45, which I can simply use my feet to zoom. Plus I love the 45.

    • Michael

      Agreed – the 45 is good enough for me. I’d still be interested if this one had equivalent pricing. I just don’t need the added expense of a metal body; I take good care of my equipment and have never had a problem with plastic-based lenses, even when backpacking for weeks at a time.

  • Chris Evans

    I see the Olympus 45mm as being a portrait lens – this seems too long to me! If I needed it, I think I’d be using it for sports or wildlife photography.

  • yo

    as an owner of a panasonic body, no ois at that focal length, no buy

    • Geoff

      IBIS is the way forward, lens IS is old hat, Panasonic need to get their act together before they get left behind, it is a good enough reason in itself for me to ignore a Pana’ body.

      • AG

        After playing with my m4/3 and SLT cameras with IBIS, I think we need a combo of both types of systems. Close in within 100mm, we can benefit from IBIS, especially on small prime lenses like the 20mm f/1.7. But for tele-zooms, nothing beats that 4-stop optical IS like we have in Canon. It would be great to see IBIS and when you attach a lens with OS, it could auto switch off IBIS. The best of both worlds.

        Anyone play with the Panasonic 45-200mm on an Oly body, to see which system delivers better results ?

        • Neonart

          It seems this was the case until the EM5.

          You can improve OIS, but there is only so much room inside a lens. In comparison, in a body you can have more sensors and do alot with elctrom-magnets, gyros, etc. like on the EM5.

        • ArtP

          If only there were a way for the camera IS to talk to the lens IS and work together, rather than fighting. Think of how many stops stabilization you’d get w both systems working together!

      • Either way, thats one too many mechanical component. The faster the readout and the cleaner the high ISO becomes, the more deprecated IS will become.

    • Anonymous

      fast tele-lenses usually do not have ois

    • GS1

      fast tele lenses usally do not have OIS

    • That has never been a problem to Nikon and Canon shooters. It still isn’t.
      Actually, in the days of film, that has never been a problem for anyone.
      How come has IS become such a big deal as wanting it on fast lens – fast ISO combo, this is beyond my understanding.

      • Neonart

        Because it wasn’t available.

        Just like power steering, disc brakes, ABS, traction control, AC, Airbags, power windows & locks, keyless entry, etc in cars. When a new, actually beneficial technology comes along it’s really difficult to deny it’s usefulness or back-track.

        Why has digital become such a big deal? Sensor cleaning?

        If we follow this way of thinking we’d all still be shooting on plates and calculation our exposure on abacuses.

        • Well said.

        • (double post)

        • Fair enough, I forgot to insert the “on a fast prime” and thus my statement was on the sweeping side.

  • Fred

    Why this can not be closer to the price of Oly 45mm? It seems to have the same buid quality, and amount of material is only part of the cost equation. It think it should be around 500-600 EUR/USD.

  • That’s official now: Olympus admits that its m43 is as good as paperweight.

    • fh

      You’ll have to do better than that, I’m afraid! The rest of us with half a wit expect more from trolls these days.

      • Sorry for that. Forgot my copy of “Trolling for Dummies” at office.

        But just give me a sec – I’ll copy-paste some FF equivalency trolling from other threads! ;)

        • Nikku

          Now equivalence, there’s some quality trolling! Right up there with strap rings.

  • The “equivalence” arguments and the “should-cost” arguments aren interesting intellectual entertainment, but nothing more. Yesterday at the market I bought some Honeycrisp apples for US $3.99 per pound. In the next bin were Gala apples for $2.99 per pound. You could say that the apples were “equivalent,” and that they both “should” have cost $2.99. But I wanted some Honeycrisp apples, $3.99 was what they cost, and I could afford to pay the extra dollar. So that’s what I bought. End of story.

    It’s the same with this lens. I will have a lot of uses for a fast lens longer than my 45mm Olympus (such as stage photography, of which I do a lot) and while I could use an adapted “legacy” lens (which is what I’m doing now) I also will find it useful to have autofocus. Having sold all my Nikon gear, I have enough money saved up to pay $799 for it, so I’ll buy one as soon as I can get it.

    Other people will be situated differently, of course. But debating what is equivalent to what doesn’t get you anywhere… it’s all based on what kinds of pictures you take and how you want to allocate your money.

    • Well said. Some people even like oranges.

    • > such as stage photography

      That answers my question what the 75mm is needed for. Haven’t been to theater/concert/etc for ages. :|

      Any thought (comparison from comment above) about the Oly 1.8/75mm vs. Panny 2.8/35-100mm?

      • Klaus

        Well, while the difference between 1.8 and 2.8 doesn’t sound like much, it’s well over a stop faster…

    • Mooboy

      Agree. How do you find the lack of Nikon in your life? My Nikon FF is gathering dust since I got the OM-D (in a way my GH2 never could) but still can’t bring myself to dispose of it…

  • Lenny

    Great lens for sure but why in hell no new 17mm with the performance and design like the 12mm :(

  • Leo

    Please Olympus also upgrade 17mm f2.8

  • Adriaantie

    Portraits with limited dof starting at iso 200………. Lol.

    • fan_guo_lai_xiang_xiang

      LOL, you are a psycho, if ever I saw one. Congrats dude. :)

    • You make comments with limited DOF starting at IQ 20.

      • Who needs portraits where only only the tip of the nose is shapr? ;-)

  • My guess: both Pana 35-100 mm and Oly 60 mm Macro would be announced early September and released around Photokina.

  • Yun

    I don’t really care about the price as long as it deliver .
    I have high expectation on this lens since I’m quite impress with the 45mm .
    It looks like Olympus is more understand what consumers expect than Pana in lenses arena .
    This is the portrait lens that top of my list .

  • Ab

    If this lens performs to the level Olympus is suggesting I will be all over it, in fact the money is set aside :)

    Good comment about apples above, however one can look at lenses and see not all are made alike. Sigma prices lower than Named competition for the same FL and Aperture, a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 costs more than a Canon 50mm f1.4, the Tokina 70-200 costs less than the Nikon 70-200.

    People who obsess about numbers are simply put, not photographers. A potographer will buy what he needs for what it will do for his art. If you find yourself bitching about the cost of a lens before you have seen images from it, you are just a measurbator.

    • Ernest.orf

      + 100000000
      There most be pasion for photography
      Damn it !!!!!

      • avds

        There must be money to support that passion :)

    • Chez Wimpy

      >Sigma prices lower than Named competition for the same FL and Aperture, a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 costs more than a Canon 50mm f1.4,

      Of course, the Sigma is more expensive than the Canon 50mm, presumably because of the difference in optics (presumably) with a large 77mm filter diameter resulting in low vignetting, and better wide open performance.

      >People who obsess about numbers are simply put, not photographers.

      Even photographers need a hobby in their downtime :)

      >If you find yourself bitching about the cost of a lens before you have seen images from it, you are just a measurbator.

      Yet measurbators – by definition – are those who disproportionately value test results / performance in relation to cost. They aren’t “measuring” the price of the lens, just myopically obsessed with MTF and studio samples.

  • uberzone

    I already have a Canon FD 85mm 1.2 L, probably my favorite lens that I own. Tough question as to if this lens is worth getting instead for the auto focus (not a big deal to me) and size/weight reduction. They are about the same price, but I think the Canon FD 1.2L will have a better resale value in the future. When Canon finally comes out with their own mirror-less camera systems, I expect the legacy glass, especially from Canon, to skyrocket.

    • Nikku

      That depends on flange to sensor distance of the theoretical Canon system. In any case, legacy glass is already going up in value.

    • Dave

      Seriously? What kind of photographer considers resale value when buying lenses?

      • Uberzone

        Someone with a limited budget? I haven’t invested in to many native lenses because I was not sure m4/3 was a right fit for me. Old lenses can be used on pretty much any mirror less system. I can’t imagine any new system will come out with a flange distance longer than old film cameras. So far I’m really digging m4/3 though.

      • Cedric Leveille

        They call it Investographers, I think.

    • Chez Wimpy

      >When Canon finally comes out with their own mirror-less camera systems, I expect the legacy glass, especially from Canon, to skyrocket.

      But why would that matter? AF won’t happen, and the FD mount is already perfectly suitable on Sony Nex (and prices have skyrocketed since the G1 first hit the stores). Unless you are predicting a Canon *FF* mirror-less system…?

  • SLO

    I’m planning on picking up the 75. I enjoy using a 135/2 on FF, and it’s a lovely focal length, when you have the working distance. While I do not use it as often as standard lenses, there’s no replacement for the look and perspective. So it is a specialty lens for sure, just as a macro lens is, but for its purpose it’s going to be wonderful. The main competitor will be the Panny 35-100 — tough choices.

    In 2013, I suspect we’ll see some event/PJ shooters make the switch to m43. The pro lenses are there, and IQ is good enough except for those who are inclined to shoot larger formats (fashion, big landscape prints, commercial, etc.)

    • SLO

      Don’t expect the 75mm to yield the image quality of the 135 f2 L on a FF.

      I’ll buy the 75mm simply because of it’s field o view (it will make a small and stealthy candid package.

  • sam

    Olympus, give us 12-50/12-35 f2.8/f2.0 zoom and 35-100 f2.8 around $900-$1200 – I will buy them at a heart beat!

    • I expect the 75mm to be good enough for most, regardless of how it compares to FF equivalents.
      (edit : was replied to wrong person)

  • ght

    No. Too expensive. Would consider it if it was $499.

  • uke

    Is Techradar on the olympus payroll or what?

    They aren’t exactly a camera focused site but get ALOT of olympus exclusives.

  • Nice, but what we need is, 100 1.8 and 150 1.8.
    This is 135 3.5.
    100 1.8 will be 200 3.5 and 150 1.8 will be 300 3.5, which are very nice even in terms of full frame DOF.

    • How does 2 x 75 = 135?

      • Nippeli

        It is quite close when you consider 4:3 vs. 2:1 – most portrait photos that I have seen have been cropped very close to 4:3 aspect ratio – thus the often mention 2x factor is not always applicable.

    • Nikku

      No, the 100/1.8 will be a 100/1.8 and the 150/1.8 a 150/1.8. Please don’t be a dumbass.

  • c.d.embrey

    This may be the lens that makes me switch to an OMD E-M5.

    For FullFrameFilm (FFF) I prefer 24mm, 35mm, 85mm and 135mm. With the new 75mm f/1.8 (= 150mm FF, close enough) they have 3 of 4 covered. Now how about a 17.5mm f/1.8 ?

    • T-L

      With 17/2.8 and 17.5/0.95, I don’t think there will be new lens of that focal lenght anytime soon.. but we will see what is next on the roadmap.. my bet is short f/2.8-3.5 zoom from Oly…

      • c.d.embrey

        The 17mm f/2.8 is a low quality consumer pancake lens, I’m looking for a high quality lens, like the 12mm f/2.0, and I’m will to pay the price. YMMV

        The 17.5mm f0.95 is a manual focus Voigtlander lens. Why would that stop Olympus from making an auto-focus 17.5mm f/1.8 lens, that would sell for less than $1,249.00, and appeal to more people ???

    • Nelson

      Well there is 17.5mm F0.95 out there already

      • Cedric Leveille

        … And a 20 f1,7 …

        • c.d.embrey

          @Cedric Leveille, I’m looking for a matched set of high quality Olympus lenses. Optically the Olympus 20mm f1.7 isn’t in the same class as the Olympus 20mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8.

      • c.d.embrey

        It’s an expensive manual focus Voigtlander lens. Not everyone is looking for paper-thin DOF.

        • Chez Wimpy

          I never have seen a 35/2 accused of having paper-thin DOF… but then again I have never paid over $300 for the privilege of that much (little?) DOF control. The Voigtlander MF-only, large-lens on small camera, >$1000 mentality is in a different universe from my experience.

  • WT21

    I think it’s a good price for what may be a great specialty lens. For consumers, there’s the 45 (and if you don’t use the 45, you won’t use the 75!)

    But I’ve got too much to spend my money on at current — possibly an OMD, PL25, maybe a new Pen, too.

  • If 4/3 is dead, Olympus needs to fire sale their 35-100 f2 & 150f2 lenses.

  • Agent00soul

    This lens will probably be tack sharp fully open and use internal focusing. This makes it more expensive to produce than old Canon and Nikon 85/1.8 designs from the film era. The m.Zuiko will most likely use more lens elements and/or aspherical surfaces and/or exotic glass (ED etc.).

  • I bet the 75 will be better than the 45mm f1.8 and on par with the ZD 150mm f2.0. It’s quite hard to do better than the 150mm f2, considered by many reviewers one of the best or the best lens available.

  • AngryNikonist

    Please stop with the ridiculous bias. I understand this is a micro 4/3 site, but linking the obsolete Nikon 85/1.8D to give a positive spin on this overpriced lens is inexcusable. If you hadn’t heard, Nikon released a new 85/1.8G months ago that performs light years beyond anything else in the price range ($500).

    $800 is far too much for a lens at only f/1.8 that’s designed for a much smaller image circle than the full frame Nikon 85/1.8G.

    Here are the MTF numbers, by the way:

    • Nikku

      If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

    • ab

      So you are saying that a plastic lens should cost the same as a metal one… That this lens which by all accounts will be a very fast focusing lens should cost the same as a slower focusing lens? That a lens expected to sell more units should cost the same as one expected to sell less…

      Your business sense lacks a dose of reality.

    • flash

      Nikon 85/1.8G is a real nice lens. It might be real nice a D800 when used in conjunction with a 135 f2 for portraits.

  • 75mm/f1.8 is silver, a black weather sealed version would be gold.

  • nicwalmsley

    How is this a portrait lens? How far away would you have to be from someone to get a head and shoulders shot?

    I’ve found the 45mm to be too narrow for snapping friends and family, even out doors at a festival.

    75mm sounds way too tight for portraits, unless you’re photographing someone on the other side of the street.


    • avds

      ~4 meters for vertical shots

      (Just divide your frame size by 17 for horizontal or 13 for vertical shots, and multiply by focal length to get the working distance).

      • flash

        You might want to use the yet to be released 60 mm lens. I am interested in seeing how they compare to each other, maybe the 60 is not to good for portraits or it might be brilliant depending on the bokeh. I might buy one but not both.

        I have started to learn use lens with just about that field of vision for portrait work. Thing have changed from when your 85mm was it with 35mm film. For several reasons the longer lens are used for formal portrait work today by a lot of very talented photographers. You do need some space, but lighting is much easier.

    • unless indoors, why is the distance a problem for you? long focal lengts give great isolation effect for portraits, wether be it head, head shoulder, head half body or even full body. Its about the effect a FL gives at the end, not about the comfortable position of the shooter, but thats just my opinion ofcourse.

    • Chez Wimpy

      >How is this a portrait lens? How far away would you have to be from someone to get a head and shoulders shot?

      I spent a lot of time shooting the 135L on my 1.6x crop cameras, and it was never a real issue. That is about 220mm equivalent. Indoors, it works if you have a larger room, and it is not a problem at all outside.

  • I need zooms. Maybe I will buy the 60mm, but only because of it’s macro ability. So, please, Olympus, bring out some faster zooms for mFT.

  • One can only marvel at the logic , or lack thereof, of Olympus which decide to introduce a supposedly high end new body with weathersealing and decide not to include it in their new top of the line lens

    Another example of the “what the hell are they thinking ?” philosophy of camera manufacturers


  • Ron W

    The Canon 85 is more like a 135 and not 127.5 given the Canon APS sensor is a 1.6 magnifier compared to Nikon and Sony at 1.5.

    I will likely be getting this for an autofocus moderate telephoto and likely will have less reason to carry the excellent Contax G 90/2.8. Looking forward to it being issued. The macro lens is of less interest to me.

  • Rob

    I’d be interested to see results but don’t think I’d use that focal length, I’m sure it’ll be lovely though. No weather sealing and one colour doesn’t make sense though after the OMD success. Would be great for the birders though. More interested in the Panasonic 35-100 although I do hate the current X lenses power zoom so will have to handle it before I put my money down.

  • Mal

    Some lenses just beckon us to buy them because they are so good at what they do. And I suspect this is going to be another example.

    I can’t really justify this lens because I have the 45 f1.8 for portraits and the 45 can be used indoors without having to back up too far. I also have the 40-150 kit lens which is very sharp at 75 for outdoor photos. And I am not a fan of super thin DOF (I expect the whole face to be in focus), so the kit lens should do the job. Not to mention that the EM5 has very good high ISO so if I had to use the kit lens for indoor shots, then I would have a reasonable chance.

    I could certainly use the 75 f1.8 for my daughter’s indoor dancing, but again, I could use the 45 in most situations by moving to a suitable position for the 45 or even the 20 for some wider shots.

    So in a hopeless attempt to talk myself out of this lens I will try to refrain from buying it. I just expect everyone that gets it to say nothing good about it for my sake. Thanks in advance. :)

    • Bob B.

      LOL! hopeless..totally hopeless……

    • Chez Wimpy

      Head and shoulders portrait, at 4 meters and f1.8, according to DOFmaster is 15cm. That is plenty for eyes-ears within DOF head on, or both eyes even in profile. The FF “equivalent” 150/2 (sic) is 8cm DOF, which is a “one-eye-in-focus” type lens depending on subject orientation.

      • avds

        The funny thing is that when composing for the same object at f/1.8 with the 45mm lens (from the respective distance of 2.5 meters), DOF will hardly change at all.

        This will actually apply to most other available focal lengths and low enough f-numbers (f/4 and below).

  • cosinaphile

    this will be an amazing telephoto prime fast and sharp

    how is this a portrait lens? its gonna be great addition to my lineup

    12mm f2 25mm f1.4 lens to buy : 45mm 1.8 75mm 1.8

    and the superb 90 mm 2,8 contax g i use for e en more reach and bokeh action

    im psyched about this lens

    wish it were 100 dollars cheaper

  • MadManAce

    On o MFT camera the FOV is equivalent to a 150mm, not a 135mm, of course as mentioned before that the lens characteristic is still that of a 75mm.

  • abucci

    maybe its a teezer for a four thirds version of the 35rc to compete with the fuji x10

  • Plooifiets

    Can’t wait to see that XZ-2 (I think it is) in real. Hopefully it’s even better than the XZ-1. Would be a nice companion for me next to my Pen.

  • tooning

    “Only the 85mm Canon f/1.8 (here at Amazon) and the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 (here at Amazon) are cheaper but also have an older design and are not as long as the Olympus (127.5mm on an APSC camera).”

    The nikkor 85 1.8 G is a new design and a killer lens on aps-c . At only 400 euros .

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