Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 - Review / Lens Test - Samples & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH2
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH2
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH2
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH2
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH2
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH2
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/125s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/3200s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/320s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/160s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/25s

Verdict

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 is a highly desirable lens. The important center resolution is already on a very good level straight from wide open aperture and only the corners are somewhat softer here. The quality is very high across the image field when stopping down to f/4. Vignetting, lateral CAs as well as distortions are all well controlled and not relevant in field conditions. This applies to the non-corrected RAW files as well so the lens is not under-designed by any means. The quality of the bokeh is great and a real "highlight" of the lens.

The build quality is very good although some may criticize the lack of "substance", but this is simply a compact lens and as such very light-weight at an incredible 116g. We don't quite like the silver finish of the tested sample but in the meanwhile Olympus has also release a black version. The Zuiko lens uses an Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) AF for focusing and movie enthusiasts will appreciate the fast and silent operation.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 is undoubtedly an great option in the micro-four-thirds system and it's even very affordable at around 300EUR/US$. Highly recommended!

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