The Olympus mZD 75mm f/1.8 lens in action

Written by Gary on October 26th, 2012

Olympus released the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras in the middle of this year and I am now a proud owner of said lens.

This is a lens that suits my style of photography and will now replace my heavy Canon 1D Mark III pro dSLR with Canon 135mm f/2.0L lens as it gives a similar imagery when that lens is used at about f/2.8 which is my usual aperture for 3/4 body shots but is sharper, and more importantly is image stabilsied on the Olympus E-M5 camera so that I don’t have to get too worried about camera shake at flash sync when using fill-in flash which was always an issue with the Canon.

Even better, the E-M5 will allow rapid autofocus on the subject’s closest eye wherever it is within the frame, and rarely do I place the subject’s eye in the central third where the AF sensors are in dSLRs.

The fast AF makes my lovely, but manual focus Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens redundant.

This is a fantastic combination and made even better given the price, weight, size and the lovely bokeh.

Here are a couple of quick shots I took on an annoyingly sunny day in a forest which gives lots of contrasty imagery and very busy backgrounds, yet the 75mm f/1.8 handled this with ease.

forest bokeh

forest wild flowers in Victoria, Australia in Spring:

wild flowers

and despite a field of view of a 150mm lens, the following shot taken without care was reasonably sharp even at 1/20th sec hand held!

wild flowers

more shots with the 75mm lens on my Flickr set here


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