New Olympus 45mm review (shipping at Amazon US!)


Peter Lueck (Click here) posted a new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review. The review is in german but the conclusion is the same form other reviewers. This is a sharp lens with almost no flaws. For the price a real must have lens! Oly the body quality is not as good as the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens but it also cost a lot less!

A coupel of readers contacted me to say that finally shipped their Olympus 45mm lens (Click here to preorder on Amazon).

Full preorder links of the new Oly lenses (Click on store name):
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

  • Pre-order with Amazon for $80 more than everyone else? No thank you.

    • Fish

      I agree. Online shopping should be cheaper not more expensive… and certainly not THAT much more expensive.

      I bought this lens a week ago from my local camera shop for $20 less than the American MSRP… I still can’t believe it.

    • Nothing wrong in waiting and desiring what you already have. But thats all. $80 is not much of an overhead for someone who can afford and values to have it sooner.
      ..Its not as if they charged several times more to the “early adopters”

  • Andrew Karre

    Got mine on Friday from Adorama. Everything I hoped. I no longer miss my Oly 50mm f/2. Just wish they’d included the hood!

  • Leendert

    Nice pictures in this review…. great lens!

  • Mr. Reeee

    Impressive pix! If I already didn’t have a 50mm f1.4 Pentax SMC Takumar I’d be very tempted.

    The M4/3 system really needs some fast prime telephotos! 135mm, 150mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm equivalents. A longer macro around 200mm would be nice, too.

    • Fish


      If Olympus announced a 300mm f4 I would preorder it just as I did the 45mm.

      • Mr. Reeee

        One from Panasonic would be better. Certainly it would have Power OIS, which is more effective than IBIS for long lenses.

        • +1 for ois on longer lenses,but for me mainly because it can be used during composing too.

  • Bob B.

    I am just going to wait until it is in stock at B&H…it will cost $399, I bet.
    So this lens ships without a lens hood, too (correct?)….is it $100 for the hood like the one on the 12mm?????
    (my 12mm just arrived today…it beautiful & small!….but sooo expensive).

  • I had one on backorder at B&H, but the local dealer got them in first, so I cancelled the B&H order and bought the local one (same price.) I think Olympus is trying to give all their dealers some stock.

    No, the hood is not included, nor is a case. All you get are front and rear caps. I’m not complaining, though!

    Sample pics:

    • Bruce

      Nice photos. Have you tried video with this lens? I’m interested to know how it performs without IS.


  • Please make the black version in time for Christmas.

  • Dwight

    Does anyone know where I can order the lens shade from?

    I just ordered the lens from J&R. In stock and not overpriced like Amazon

    • Bob B.

      Dwight..The item is Olympus LH-40B…I cannot find it on the web.
      I bought the lens hood for my Olympus 12mm f/2.0 from Hong Kong…($94.00!…what a rip off)…It is not available anywhere in the USA that I can find…..but I do not see the hood for the 45mm anywhere on the Web…so maybe Oly may be having some production problems. If I see it anywhere in the next day or so, I will post it here.

      • Mr. Reeee

        I prefer folding lens hoods. You can keep them on at all times and they get out of the way when not in use. it keeps the compact nature of M4/3 truly compact!

        B+W makes nice ones.

  • Fish

    Maybe some people haven’t seen this thread yet:

    It contains more 45mm f1.8 photos than I have been able to find anywhere else and many of them are much better than those posted on the review sites. (I really like the pictures of the frog and the girl on page 13)

    • Mr. Reeee

      Dog pictures! As bad as DPReview cat shots!

  • Keith

    We have stock in the UK! Only one left at amazon at 7.45am Wednesday. £60 premium though!!!

  • marilyn

    this lens will arrived in the Philippines jan 2012 lol i might buy one in singapore to get one right away…

  • Gianluca

    I have a dream…… an Olympus 25mm f1.8 pancake for max. 300€ and a 60/65mm f1,4 for max 800€

    • Gianluca

      ….with the quality of the 45mm f1.8

      • Anonymous

        i dont need f1:4 and its the weight that goes with it.
        Gimmi a 25/1.8 in the same build as the 12/2 – metal, distance scale, snap focus, etc

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