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Olympus 45mm hands-on at Digitalrev and in Stock Status (+refurbished 12mm lens).


That tiny, cheap and top quality lens is in Stock at Amazon, Amazon UK, Digitalrev, and eBay (Click on shop names to visit the product page and check the price).

A reminder for our european readers. Almost 600 refurbished Olympus cameras and lenses are for sale on Olympusmarket. These are the auctions ending today (Click on name to see the auction). The most interesting new entry is the 12mm f/2.0 lens!
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-P2 with 17mm lens Four Thirds 12-60mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 35mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-450 with 14-42mm lens 12mm f/2.0 lens E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1body E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 14-42mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Four Thirds 11-22mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-450 with double kit lens E-620 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 8mm lens Four Thirds 70-300mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-450 with 14-42mm lens

  • HD flower

    AVCHD INTRA 176mbit GOP1 v.3 Q DRIFTWOOD test w/ Oly 45mm 1,8.

    All I can say that the 45mm is a God sent for us M43!

  • andy

    BOKEH!!! ALAMBI!!!!

  • Anonymous

    We want more miniskirts from Kai’s girlfriend!

  • Narretz

    I am checking German Online shops daily, and it seems like some of them may have it soon.

  • Maley

    This must be the only lens which is cheaper in europa than in the usa. Only about 350$(260€) in germany.

    • i hoping so , I cant wait to get it here in Germany too!

  • HB

    Just received my Olympus 45mm from amazon (germany) this saturday. It was preodered when announced. Feels good and MF works good for me. AF is not too fast on my E-PL2, E-P3 seems to do much better….

    • Narretz

      Really? No wonder they do not have it in stock, they probably have trouble serving all the preorders.

  • Frank

    Where in Germany is this lens available for 260€? and not just in 2 month ….

    • Depending on when you pre-ordered.

      I pre-ordered mine on Amazon Germany for 256€ including shipping and handling. I had an earlier pre-order at a higher price which I cancelled and opted to wait a bit more to save some money.

      Mine is scheduled to be shipped any day now. I will receive it within October for sure.

      256€ for that lens is a bargain.

      • Frank

        HI Tobias,
        when did you place the preorder?
        Cheers, Frank

  • It is still a shame that Olympus does not offer a m43 camera yet with a inbuild EVF. When you look how concentrated the chinese guy has to look by clear sunshine onto the screen…. I do not want to talk about the silly solution with the external Viewfinder, you have to clip on and you have to look into it like in a toilet!

    • I can live without IBIS and without matching colors and I am happy enough already that Olympus just made two great lenses.
      But since no built in EVF is a deal breaker to me -> +10

  • Delooloo

    Someone should probably tell him that the 45mm (fantastic lens that it is) is not metal barrelled, it’s plastic, and that it’s not the same category of lens from Olympus as their 12mm (you would have though the price may have tipped him off about this :| )

  • Hmmm that is interesting. Last night I posted here that I bought my Olympus 45mm f/1.8 on ebay from South Korea and this morning when I got up…the post was wiped off the blog. Now my question is …Is that because I mentioned a retailer that does not generate a profit…or does this website have a problem with South Korea.. I am a member here and was not given an explanation via email ???? I am guessing this post won’t last long either…but can anyone enlighten me?????
    (BTW…I mention it in passing …and am just a MFT enthusiast…I do not have any financial interest in making the post…other than I got the lens for $60 less than Amazon US with free shipping.)

  • I recently purchased an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and am using it on a Panasonic GF1 and am a “little” disappointed in the focusing speed. It focuses slightly faster than my Panasonic/Leica 45mm Macro f/2.8 (which is slow but not horrible)…but the new Oly 45mm is not whip fast as is reported when the lens is used on a new EP3. I am guessing that the lens may focus faster on a GH2 also, but do not know.
    (HB thanks for the post above explaining that it is not that fast on the older Oly cameras either…I guess you read my post from last night before it was deleted :-)).
    Anyone have experience with the lens on a GF1, GH2 or any other cameras?

    • HB

      Hi Bob,
      no I didn’t read your post last night. What was it about? It’s just my personal experience with AF-speed and E-PL2.
      I would really like to try the lense with EP-3. Maybe we’ll get an software update? My E-PL2 is not that “old” and should still be supported, like all other m43 products too….

      • Well, HB..Panasonic has made it clear that it will not be supporting the GF1 any longer. I still personally like it more than any of the other MFT offerings from both companies. (Cameras are so personal…so it is just different strokes for different folks). I passed on purchasing the GH2 because of the cost (most of it for video function which I am not interested in), but I think that camera along with the EP3 may focus fast with the 45mm f/1.8! I am going to wait and see what Pany comes up with for the new GF7 …and then maybe I will make the plunge for an updated body that will make this lens catch on fire (it is still a great lens even with the slower focus!). I would be tempted at an EP3 but I just don’t want to learn another menu system, etc. (in addition to my Canon Full-Frame). This (the GF1) is my second tier camera and it is a great little machine that I love to grab on the way out the door.. …also the lenses keep getting better an better…so its all FUN!!!!! MFT makes stunning images!

  • peter

    i’ve received mine from amazon (germany) last friday. i preordered it on 3rd of september. i use it on an e-pl1 and indeed the autofocus is a little too slow for moving subjects wide open since the dof is quite shallow. i guess i’ll have to practice this a bit ;)
    if the subject is in focus, the pics are great!

  • mooboy

    I was have trouble getting this from Australian stores, so finally ordered from HK on Friday afternoon, received Monday morning.

    On an Olympus E-PM1 it focuses very fast, will try it out later on my friend’s GF2. Very happy with this lens so far, just wish I had it last weekend for a wedding I went to… I maybe could have left the D700 at home!

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