Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8 Quick Impression

Panasonic GX1, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, Olympus 45mm 1.8

Panasonic GX1, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, Olympus 45mm 1.8

I’ve had my eyes on this particular lens for a while now but always postponed its purchase, preferring to stay with the tried and true Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 almost exclusively for most of my work. Lately though, I craved an even more compact system and bought the Olympus 17mm f1.8. On the Panasonic GX1, the 17mm is great and pocketable but it lacks the versatility of the 25mm normal. In my case, it lacked the ability to take flattering close-up portraits . And that’s where the Olympus¬†45mm 1.8 comes in. And it’s awesome.

Looking particularly handsome on the gunmetal GX1

Looking particularly handsome on the gunmetal GX1

I would say that I have never seen such sharpness since shooting with a rented Canon 5Dmk2 with a 85mm f1.2L. It is that sharp. Check this out… [Disclaimer: the straight jpeg conversions below aren’t particularly great but they show the two qualities of the 45mm that I like… just sayin’ ] Sharpness:

Sharpness Galore

 

Sharpness Galore - Closeup

1:1 crop

Bokeh¬†(although I admit, I really can’t differentiate bokeh quality unless it’s glaringly bad):

marciblack-47

The only thing that disappointed me is that the two lenses are made in China. Last time I bought a high-end Zuiko, it was made in Japan. I guess that’s no longer the case. Oh well, at least the GX1 still stays true to its roots.

One thought on “Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8 Quick Impression

  1. John P.

    I love this lens too for it’s size and quality images. I’m frequently astonished by images it produces on my GH4. The new 15mm Panasonic F1.7 looks great as well.

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