Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 mm F1.8 Lens, Fast Fixed Focal Length, Suitable for All MFT Cameras (Olympus OM-D & PEN Models, Panasonic G Series), silver
About this deal
Based on the results above, the biggest hurdle to overcome in attaining a sharp image is the 75mm’s large f/1. We tried printing an iso 1600 image to a 30×20 and it did not hold up well,it was ok but not great where my D800 image was beautiful in its colour and tones…its good but not that good. So if you are NOT a pro who needs full frame qualities and do NOT shoot sports for a living then an OM-D E-M5 with the 12, 45, 75 set of lenses can easily match any DSLR output for image quality with a little less shallow DOF. The Sigma will be slightly be more flexible for indoor use, but I personally find it to still be a bit too long. Still, I decided to stay positive and find things to shoot that would show off the quality of this lens.
The reason I had three of them is because I realized I rarely used that focal length and at the time I was shooting it on a crop sensor APS-C camera so the equivalent was around 130mm or so. There was this three dimensional depth to the images, and I know I am sounding vague and do not actually make much sense, but if you do see what I see, please let me know! Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc.Personally, I much prefer the Olympus, because for my style of shooting, the longer FL is a lot more useful in non-portrait situations. NOTE: If you really, really wanted to do close-ups with this lens, you could use the Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Snap-on lens, which brings the MFD to 60cm. I am looking at getting into portraits and so I want to be able to snap face shots and full body shots in pretty confined spaces, I wondered how this would measure up being such a long 35mm equivalent?
But I don’t know if you use your 70-200mm zoom on a 5D or on a camera with a smaller APS-size sensor. The 75mm by all accounts is an exceptional lens, and would have a bit more reach, but I’m really in the market for a telephoto zoom lens for the OMD5. While I have the trinity of Pro zoom lenses for use, I save those for my landscape and event shooting. the general rule on shutter speed is anything from 1 stop to double the focal length of a lens, my question is with Oly do you base that on whats written on the lens or the x2 focal lenght?Further, you gain at least 2-3 stops in the other direction because of the OM-Ds excellent internal VR and lack of a mirror…I can hand hold to 1/6″ on my OM-D and retain sharpness on a 90MM equivalent lens…can’t get anywhere close to that on my D700. I own Canon, and Sony assorted cameras and lenses but i must say, The Olympus OM-D and lens combination are superb. Shooting alongside guys from the AP, Getty, Reuters, NY Times and other NYC major newspapers it and the OMD holds it’s own. Advantage of using a long lens, you can shoot a subject from far away, yet having the subject reasonably close in your frame.
The 75 is a superbly well built lens; it’s solid, but not unexpectedly heavy, say in the same way as a brass Leica lens. Being a smaller sensor than 36mmx24mm, it was as if just the central area of a film frame was being used, with the edges of what the lens saw being cut off .
Below is a quick video sample using the OM-D E-M5 and this lens in my usual low light testing grounds at the local Aquarium, which is a very challenging place to get images and video. As I said above the lens is larger than most Micro 4/3 lenses but I found it more pleasant to hold and use than the even larger and more expensive Panasonic 12-35 Zoom. Its true for full frame of course but when it comes to APS there’s almost no difference in DOF between MFT and APS. It’s hard to argue with the flexibility of a zoom, especially if you’re used to shooting with zooms. Without a doubt, this 75mm lens and its fast autofocus system saved my sister’s engagement photos that day.
This is why bird photographers are able to make jaw-droppingly creamy backgrounds with lenses at f/4. clip flash, flexible tripod, lenspen, Cokin A holder with two rings, 4 Kood filters and i’m fully satisfied in almost every situation, lightweight and versatile system. I dont get why people bitch (excuse my French) about the DoF, I get nice DoF and/or Bokeh with my 45mm and I bet this one will be even sweeter. I expected the 40mm full-frame equivalent lens to be my go-to choice for the more artistic kind of photos my sister was looking for. lens may not be good enough for macro shooting, or have high magnification, but a simple close up shot like this can be achieved.
And when shiny lights don’t appear behind your subject, the lens makes sure to keep everything else smooth and your subject sharp. It captures those intimate scenes; those surprises at a moment’s notice; those quick, personal glances. It would have been nice to have sync IS with this lens, but given Olympus’ superb IBIS, I’ve been able to hand hold this lens to as low as 1/15s consistently. However, when it’s time to see my nieces and nephews, or when it’s time to venture outdoors for family photos, the 75mm quickly becomes my best friend.