Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f1.8 lens review: Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f1.8 lens

The lens' sweet spot seems to be between f2.8 and f11. Below f2.8 it shows a slight propensity for chromatic aberration and it doesn't attain optimum sharpness until there -- though it's still quite acceptable -- and sharpness declines a bit between f8 and f11. I was very disappointed with f22, however, which I found simply too soft to use. This pattern applies to both center and corner sharpness, as it's pretty consistent edge-to-edge.

Mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal range 75mm
(150mm equivalent)
Aperture range f1.8 - f22
Iris 9 blades
Minimum focus distance 33.1 inches
Angle of view 16 degrees
Elements 10 elements in 9 groups
3 extra-low dispersion lenses,
2 high refraction lenses
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens barrel diameter 2.7 inches
Lens length (min/max) 3 inches
Weight 11.9 ounces
MSRP $899.99

Overall, the lens is quite bright, with no discernible vignetting and minimal distortion, produces beautifully soft out-of-focus areas, and the coating seems to do a great job of minimizing flare. The iris renders lovely round highlights.

I'm not a big telephoto shooter -- my range is more 24mm-90mm (35mm equivalent) -- and I tend to get frustrated by lenses that don't focus closer than a foot, though I realize there are technical reasons why lots of lenses don't focus closely. So while I hate that this lens can't focus closer than almost 3 feet, it actually fares better on that front than a lot of comparable-length lenses.

Conclusion
Until this lens arrived, there were no telephoto primes for Micro Four Thirds cameras, and certainly nothing this fast at a comparable focal length in a zoom. But it's gratifying that despite being the only current option, it's still a good one.

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    Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f1.8 Lens (for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras)

    Part Number: V311040SU000
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    • Lens Aperture f/1.8
    • Weight 10.8 oz