Summary: F/1.8 brightness really increases the performance of my E-P1 it is like a whole new camera. Loving the sharpness and quick focus. The focus is impressive even in low light at least for what I am used to. This lens is a great deal in my opinion.
Summary: Got this for portrait work as its got a nice wide aperture and the right focal length. I have tested it against my original kit lens (Vario 14-42mm) on my Lumix G6 and I can say its noticeably sharper. Center sharpness is excellent at F1.8 and stopping down to F5.6 brings the edges up and hits its sweet spot. A very compact and light lens that offers excellent value and very good performance with the lack of stabilisation being the only downside I can think of.
Summary: This lens is a "no-brainer" choice for all owners of micro-four-thirds cameras. The 1.8 aperture is fantastic for low light oonditions and produces beautiful results for portraits, allowing you to fill the frame without having to get too close and throwing the background out of focus.
Summary: Like many photographers I have been frustrated with digital cameras for their inability to produce significantly out-of-focus backgrounds with short to medium focal length lenses because of small sensor sizes and the modest max apertures on typical zoom lenses. This lens neatly solves the problem at the useful 90mm (35mm equiv) focal length; it makes a great portrait lens and is useful in other situations: its very small size and light weight makes it attractive on...
Summary: Excellent, but could be made of metal, such as Olympus 12mm. The plastic construction is good, reflex light in weight. Sharpness and a very good for portraits. One of the three lenses essentials for the micro four thirds system. The others are: Oly Zuiko 12mm 2.0 and Panasonic 25mm 1.4.
Summary: This is my second 45mm lens for micro 4/3 as I also own the 2.5x the price Panasonic Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro lens. The focal length is identical, but not much else. In fact, they exist for different purposes: the Leica is an excellent macro lens, its intended purpose, whilst the Olympus is great for portraits but cannot focus close at all. The Olympus is terrific for the price, comparison with the Leica shows that the quality of the background blur is sadly below par.