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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