Do you have an Olympus or Panasonic m4/3rd body?
Do you crave a high quality “fast” mid range telephoto lens which would make a great portrait lens or even a good candid street lens?Well Olympus’s 75mm F1.8 ED lens (which would also work just as well on any Panasonic m4/3rd body) is fast gaining a highly regarded reputation.
(Seen above on a Panasonic GX1)
This lens which equated to 150mm in 35mm terms was tested by online lens test site photozone & here’s what they concluded:
“The Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED is, by quite a margin, the best micro-four-thirds lens that we have tested to date. It is ultra-sharp straight from f/1.8 and in fact, it is basically diffraction-limited so stopping down doesn’t really improve the image quality anymore. The amount of lateral CAs is also very low which contributes to the high sharpness perception. There’s a bit of vignetting at fully open aperture (more so in RAW mode) but usually this is nothing to worry about. Distortions are next to absent as well. The quality of the bokeh is also among the very best that we’ve seen so far – regardless of the system. That said you can spot some bokeh fringing at large aperture so there is still a slight space for improvement to optical perfection. Mechanically the lens is up to pro standards thanks to a tightly assembled metal body and a smooth focus ring. If you are nit-picky you may criticize the lack of weather sealing though. The AF is impressively fast and silent. Olympus claims that the AF is smooth enough for movies as well but more serious users will probably prefer to stick to manual focusing – which works quite nicely as well actually”.
For a few months I’ve been trying to choose between buying this Olympus m4/3rd 75mm lens or getting Panasonic’s m4/3rd 25-35mm F2.8 zoom.The more reviews I read on the Olympus 75mm F1.8 ED the more an inclined towards it, its clearly a top notch optic and follows the path forged by the Olympus 45mm F1.8 and Olympus 12mm F2 lenses. With the likes of Panasonics 14mm F2 , 20mm F1.7 and 25mm F1.4 any micro 4/3rd user is really getting spoilt for choice.
Mark Baynham (April 2012)