I’ve been on the fence for years now regarding a moderate/short tele micro 4/3 lens having been pretty happy with my adapted Contax G Zeiss 45mm f/2 Plannar lens, until fate dealt me a debilitating blow last week which saw my trusty 12-32mm pancake zoom bite the dust. I’ll get into that in more detail later, but looking to replace it, and having a difficult time finding one, I came across the current Olympus Lens Rebates (click here to see them all). The Oly 45mm f/1.8 lens is largely regarded as one of the best lenses for the system, especially for the price. Right now, that normal price of $399 is down to $349 as Olympus has issued a $50 rebate which runs through June 14th, 2014 according to Oly’s website.
While I’ll do a more in depth review on this little gem shortly, come on in for my initial thoughts and sale links.
One thing I will say for this lens is that it is much smaller than I’d imagined and when fitting it to the GM1, it is beautifully balanced. While it looks a little sillier on the GX7 size wise, there is no doubting the optical abilities of this little lens on whichever camera it finds itself attached to. A 90mm equivalent lens, with the ability to provide good low light performance and quick auto focusing in even lower light from my quick experience here in the shadowy office, I am very excited to shoot some people, and even some street/candids this weekend. I’m sure many of us are familiar with this lens and its reputation as a portrait lens as well. Did I mention that it’s really small and light? Excuse me, I’m excited…
Like I’d mentioned, I’ll do a proper review and even test it against the legendary Zeiss 45/2 Plannar Contax G lens soon, but for now, if you’ve been even semi interested in picking up this great lens, it might be a good time to jump on it. You can find it via the links below in Black or Silver at Adorama or B&H and if you do buy through these links, I’ll receive a small referral commission as is the norm for so many of our sites and blogs nowadays, so in advance, I greatly appreciate it if you do.
Here are a few quick shots using the Oly 45 on the Panasonic Lumix GM1…
While I’ve only had this lens in my presence for a couple hours so far, I already know from the first few shots I’ve taken that I am impressed and excited to get this out and firing.
Stay tuned and have a great rest of the week!