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Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Hands-on with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

I was pleasantly surprised to have a brief opportunity to use both a pre-production Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3 and a pre-production m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 yesterday evening. Normally camera companies, and Olympus is no exception, are quite nervous about letting samples taken with pre-production gear out in the 'wild'. So I have not published original un-edited files here, and the normal procedure is to let reduced size versions of samples like these to be vetted before publication. But this time I have gone out on a limb and decided to publish a small number of samples - because they are really very good and there is an increasing number of 45mm sample images appearing elsewhere in all sorts of places.

The lighting yesterday evening was not ideal, being a bit dull and overcast between rain showers, but Faye was a fine subject to test the 45mm f/1.8 on. (Picture credit: John Perriment)

So here are four images, all from camera JPEGs (Large Fine) all are varying crops from the full original frame, no tone processing in Lightroom, just resizing and sharpening for Web display - all taken at full aperture, wide open, f/1.8. To see a larger view in a new window click on any of the images below:

Enjoying 1/500th and 1/800th shutter speeds under quite dull conditions was very handy thanks to the brightness f/1.8 affords.

I have asked permission for the original camera JPEGS to be made available for download and if this is granted I will update this page with the relevant links.

 

Update: Unfortunately, Olympus has asked that our sample pictures of the 45mm f/1.8 be taken down because a) the lens was pre-production and b) it was taken using a pre-production Pen Lite E-PL3 camera This is despite the excellent quality of the results we have enjoyed with our limited time with both camera and lens, and I'm sorry if this decision has inconvenienced you.

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Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Four Thirds User editorial team Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
My first encounter with the Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 was super-impressive. See why in this article... (more)

fluffy Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Spectacular shots. I'm going to love this lens. Thank you.... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Indeed - nice to see. I presume that focusing of the 45mm was as snappy and accurate as with the 12m... (more)

Ian Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Yes - very much so. And with pictures like this you can tell the AF to focus on one eye or anothe... (more)

Wickster Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Awesome. That is very encouraging to read your early positive take on the new upcoming 45mm lens...c... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Hi Ian, Interesting shoots, thanks for sharing. I think this is a very mixed bag (some po... (more)

Ian Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
First of all, you can use flash with the VF-2 on the E-P3 - unlike the E-P2 and E-P1 it has a bui... (more)

Ned Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
lol... I must say that I've never shot a portrait and wanted one eye blurry and one eye sharp. To ea... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Thanks for your response. I forgot about the R-flash now being avail on the E-P3. I assume no HSS... (more)

Paul Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
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Ned Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Fast lens speed without sacrificing broad DOF has always been one of the advantages of the Four-Thi... (more)

Ian Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Good point about the crops - I will do that. I look forward to my next encounter with the 45mm... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
HSS: High Speed Synchronisation The ability of a flash to emit some high speed pulsing light,... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Hi Paul, Thanks for sharing, very good. That is what I remembered seeing from the 50/2. The ... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
No, I don't agree. Too much DOF is in my view the key criticism of the 14-54 and 12-60 Olympus l... (more)

Ian Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
A I hope that explains things! Ian PS If the colour looks off - this was a screen grab and so the ... (more)

hschnee Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
I believe that Watanabe was talking about the AF motors (and frankly, I am completely stunned by ... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Hi Hal, I hope your interpretation is right and we will see a better std-zoom-lens than a 14-4... (more)

joachim Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Hi Ian, Must be disappointing for you. We had a quite constructive discussion here. What... (more)

Ian Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Sometimes the communications get a bit blurred - Japan is far away and English is not their first... (more)

Ian Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
The 14-42 II performance is actually not bad for a kit lens, but it would be nice to have a 12-60... (more)

nrdlnd Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
I do completely agree with Ned on this. In most instances a good depth of field is an advantage and ... (more)

mhobart Re: Some shots with the new Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Thanks for the discussion, I'm sorry I missed the thread when the images were up :-( I can under... (more)