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    Default Short review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8

    Receive my new lens about 5 days ago and it has been a fun 5 days testing out the lens.


    P9290878 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    It is a light lens but built quality feels good. It uses the same hood as the 14-42mm mk2R lens ie the LH40 and the lens thread is 37mm. I believe in an earlier review the lens was shown with a rounded hood ( plastic silver) but unfortunately this hood is not available ....( But I think it looks gorgeous with a square black hood)
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 08:46 AM.

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    The first thing I did after I got the lens was to take a picture of my daughter as I was fetching her back from school. I was using the EP3. my settings were a bit off and thus the picture is a bit underexposed but what I noticed was the smooth bokeh .... Really smooth like Guiness LOL!


    P9292435 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    I then proceeded to take a few low light shots


    P9292448 by soonruey2011, on Flickr


    P9292450 by soonruey2011, on Flickr


    P9292456 by soonruey2011, on Flickr


    P9292458 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    All the above shots were taken with aperture at f1.8. One thing noticeable is that the lens appear to be veery sharp wide open!

    The camera was set to Auto ISO with Iso limited to ISO 800
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 08:56 AM.

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    Anyway....Bokeh tests....ala home style...


    Olympus 45mm f1.8



    O45 f1.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Pana Leica 45mm f2.8


    PL45 f2.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Olympus 50mm f2.0 + MMF1


    O50 f2.0 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Sigma 50mm f1.4 + MMF1


    S50 f1.4 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Sigma 50mm @f1.8 +MMF1


    S50 f1.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    I am quite happy to say that the bokeh seems pleasing for all the 4 lenses. However, the AF is the fastest for the Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens.
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 09:06 AM.

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    Default Re: Short review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8

    Next .... Portrait shots
    My daughter again as my stand in model

    Olympus 45mm @f1.8


    Olympus 45mm f1.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Pana Leica 45mm f2.8


    Pana Leica 45mm f2.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

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    Sigma 50mm f1.4 + MMF1


    Sigma 50mm f1.4 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Olympus 50mm f2.0!+ MMF1


    Olympus 50mm f2.0 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

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    Random portrait shots with the 45mm f1.8 ( @ f1.8)



    PA012507 by soonruey2011, on Flickr


    PA012509 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    As a portrait lens.... this lens is absolutely superb and in my opinion, as good as or even better that the Pana Leica 45mm f2.8 ( which has been my PEN portrait lens for the past 1 1/2 years!). The best thing is that this lens only costs 1/3 the price of the Pana Leica.

    Please note that all photos are SOOC.
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 09:17 AM.

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    Default Re: Short review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8

    envy you with such an understanding and obliging daughter!!

    my daughter lost patience with me long time ago lolz
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Default Re: Short review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8

    Macro capabilities..

    The Pana Leica is a proper macro lens and the only one in the m4/3 arsenal for the moment.
    The closest focusing distance of the Olympus 45mm f1.8 is 50 cm. However, it can be used with the Macro Converter ( which I don't have) so I have tested it out instead with magnifying filters from lens baby ( +10 and +4) ......cheaper alternative.

    Pana Leica 45 mm


    Pana Leica 45mm f2.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Olympus 45 mm + filters 10 and + 4 stacked

    Olympus 45 mm @ f2.8 + magnifying filters +4 and +10 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    As you can see there is some loss in quality of the image with the extra glass used but still I think the quality is acceptable!
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 09:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    envy you with such an understanding and obliging daughter!!

    my daughter lost patience with me long time ago lolz
    Ha..ha...she is into photography as well and together with another older daughter, we go out shooting at least once a month

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    Sharpness test...

    Olympus 45mm @ f1.8


    Olympus 45 mm @ f1.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Cropped


    Olympus 45 mm @ f1.8crop by soonruey2011, on Flickr

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    Olympus 45mm @ f2.8


    Olympus 45 mm @ f2.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Cropped


    Olympus 45 mm @ f2.8crop by soonruey2011, on Flickr

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    Pana Leica 45mm @ f2.8



    Pana Leica 45 nn f2.8 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Cropped

    Pana Leica 45 nn f2.8crop by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    In this aspect, the Pana Leica wins, but I still feel that the pictures with the Olympus 45 mm are still very good.
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 09:37 AM.

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    Colour rendition....

    Very happy with the colour output from the lens ( with the EP3)


    PA012558 by soonruey2011, on Flickr


    PA012587 by soonruey2011, on Flickr

    Taking a break after this, please do give me comments as well as requests and I will see what I can do...
    Last edited by Soon Ruey; 2nd October 2011 at 12:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Short review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8

    It's more than a year since your review and I only decided to buy the lens about 1 month back. On the Olympus Ep2, which is not the most sharpest of cameras, the 45mm provides some nice bite and gives the image that sharp defined look. Here is one almost SOOC.

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