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Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 45mm f/1.8
Image quality: 10/10
Value for money: 9/10
"Pancakes" aside, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 is one of the smallest lenses in the Micro Four Thirds system, which is no mean feat considering that this is a fast-aperture telephoto lens. One might think that this miniaturisation may have had some negative side effects on its performance but thankfully, this is not the case. Optically, the lens excellent with centre sharpness being commendable even wide open, and overall sharpness being nothing short of astounding in the f/2.8-f/8 range. Distortions and chromatic aberrations are both minimised, and vignetting isn't a problem either, especially at f/2.8 and beyond. The only fly in the ointment is the so-so close-up performance - but given that the Olympus 45mm f1.8 is not claimed to be a macro lens, this should not be viewed as a serious flaw.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8 review
- Very light and compact
- Sharp even at full aperture
- Lacks finish of Pro lenses
- No AF/MF 'clutch' ring
This is not one of Olympus's top flight lenses, and is reflected in the plastic barrel and lack of a manual focus clutch ring, but its optical performance is remarkable for the money.