2014-11-28

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens review


At around £220 the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 offers excellent optical performance in a compact and lightweight package for all micro 4/3rds users.

The lens takes 37mm filters and is available in Silver and Black finishes to match your camera body.

AF performance is excellent and optical performance excellent too right from f/1.8.


With an equivalent 35mm focal length of 90mm this lens is ideal for portraits and for providing subject isolation with its f/1.8 maximum aperture. 

This is not as great as would be the case on a 90mm f/1.8 of full frame but is sufficient to provide pleasing results with a  nicely defocused background. 

A top-tip if you want to blur the background is to have your subject as far away as possible from it – if you are using leaves of a tree as a background for instance position your subject well away from the tree so the leaves fall further out of focus.

The lens is very resistant to flare and does not really need the optional lens hood.

Optical performance seems designed for portrait use with a nice sharp centre right from f/1.8. The edges slightly lag behind but are still very good at f/1.8, stop down to f/2 and edges slightly improve and by f/2.8 edges and centre all but match, f/4 and f/5.6 provide excellent optical performance across the frame – beyond this and diffraction starts to slightly reduce performance progressively.

So, the 45mm f/1.8 comes highly recommended.
To see the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 on the Park cameras website click here for Silver finish or here for Black finish.


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