I have to say that this Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens has got my attention. I like it! Before I went to Mexico in October of last year, I’d mentioned that I was going to shoot the entire week using a rented 17mm lens. Well, of course, I changed my mind and purchased the 45 mm f/1.8 and took that with me too. I was glad that I did. As a matter of fact, most of the people pictures that I took in Mexico were taken with this lens and I was very happy about it.
I was shooting with the E-M5. After I got the E-M1, this has been the only lens on that I’ve used on it, for the most part. I still have the kit lens from the E-M5, but I really do the like the field of view and the speed of the 45 mm. At f/1.8, it’s about 3 stops faster than the equivalent focal length (42 mm) of the kit lens, which maxes out at f/5.6! This makes for fantastic low light photography at lower ISOs.
Also, with no anti-aliasing filter in place, the photos come out sharper, needing less sharpening help from me, which I like. As a portrait lens, 90 mm equivalent, candid or otherwise, perfect. The lens has enough aperture to allow the smaller sensor to have a decently shallow depth of field, allowing me to isolate the subject.
Of course, since it’s an M 4/3 lens, it’s pretty compact and lightweight, but it has a good feel to it. It was a pleasure using it to shoot the Martin Luther King Jr. parade with it. No fatigue whatsoever after having the camera around my neck and in my hands for about 2 hours. That’s my kind of shooting.
I’ve been using it almost exclusively for a few months. Sure, there are times when I’d like a wider angle, but this is not that type of lens. I’ve not decided which wide angle lens to buy, just yet, but I’d like to have one in the arsenal. Over the past few years, I’ve been moving more towards primes, away from zooms, for whatever reason – although I do like the convenience of a zoom. Things change!