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


Image courtesy: Photozone

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, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, 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, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

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

  • 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.


    • 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 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:

  • 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 when you zoom it is not 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 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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