Summary

Olympus continues it run of high quality, metal-bodied prime lenses with the M Zuiko Digital 75mm f1.8. This delivers telephoto coverage equivalent to 150mm with a bright f1.8 focal ratio that makes it ideal for serious portrait work, along with picking out finer details in landscapes and urban environments. Maintaining the f1.8 focal ratio at a longer focal length though has resulted in a high price tag, around double that of the 45mm f1.8, and despite the robust construction it's not splash or dust proof; owners of Panasonic bodies should also know that like all Olympus lenses there's no optical stabilization, so they'll have to shoot at sufficiently fast shutter speeds or on a tripod to avoid shake. But even with these caveats it remains a highly desirable lens especially for serious portrait photographers. Meanwhile fans of long fast primes can also look forward to Panasonic's upcoming 150mm f2.8, albeit at an even higher price.

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Olympus M Zuiko Digital 75mm f1.8

Olympus continues it run of high quality, metal-bodied prime lenses with the M Zuiko Digital 75mm f1.8. This delivers telephoto coverage equivalent to 150mm with a bright f1.8 focal ratio that makes it ideal for serious portrait work, along with picking out finer details in landscapes and urban environments. Maintaining the f1.8 focal ratio at a longer focal length though has resulted in a high price tag, around double that of the 45mm f1.8, and despite the robust construction it’s not splash or dust proof; owners of Panasonic bodies should also know that like all Olympus lenses there’s no optical stabilization, so they’ll have to shoot at sufficiently fast shutter speeds or on a tripod to avoid shake. But even with these caveats it remains a highly desirable lens especially for serious portrait photographers.

 

Olympus 75mm f1.8
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