Olympus Zuiko M Digital 75mm F1.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds Reviewed by Robin Wong
The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 75mm F1.8 lens for micro four thirds compact system cameras has received lately an accolade of reviews. This time from the famous street photographer Robin Wong.
This lens is viewed by Olympus as one of its premium lens series and probably the best lens ever made for micro four thirds compact system cameras. It is the largest of all prime lens made for the system and according to Olympus it is best used as a portrait studio lens.
According to Robin the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 75mm F1.8 is one of the sharpest lens available in market cross board and likely sharper than the 45mm F1.8 and 12mm F2.0 lens made by Olympus for micro four thirds compact system cameras. He tested the lens in terms of street photography and the results where very positive though in the end Robin thinks this lens may excel better at studio than as a street photography lens due to its mid tele range, size and weight that makes it look less inconspicuous when shooting at streets.
Due to the lens construction and premium glass used in this lens it is possible to get a vast amount of contrast and likely this lens is still not able to give its most output with current micro four thirds sensors (even the one in the Olympus OM-D E-M5) which means that with future camera releases this lens will be even better than what now is.
The focus speed of this lenstested by Robin Wong were fast when coupled to the OM-D E-M5 and able to match if not surpass focusing speeds achieved by professional system cameras.
Due to the fast aperture of this mid range tele photo lens and shape of iris it is possible to get photos with a very nice and pleasant bokeh. According to Robin this lens is probably the most bokehlicious lens available natively for micro four thirds compact system cameras able to create blurred backgrounds with a very creamy look.
Due to being the longest prime lens for micro four thirds (69mm height) and with a weight of 305 grams this lens does benefit from the OM-D E-M5 grip as it makes it easier to hold and stabilize lens. This lens does excel as a portrait lens as it allows creation of a more appealing portraiture and creation of a strongly blurred background.