Reviews and Problems with Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm F2.8 Pancake
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Not bright enough
Aaron, B&H Photo
10 March 2011
Excerpt: I purchased this lens in preparation for our newborn, I wanted a lens that wouldn't require the use of a flash indoors. It did not deliver. I was able to take close up pics outside and blur the background, but keeping the lens wasn't worth this feature. It is a very slim lens, the metal cover is weird and could probably get easily lost. The pictures were clear and the camera didn't really hunt while focusing, but I wanted the f/2.8 to be bright enough for me. It wasn't.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Summary: Owning an olympus makes me cry. I own 5 lenses (2 kit lenses that came with my camera) and 3 primes. The 50MM prime is the only one of the 5 that is worth getting. A lot of the other lenses are too expensive to purchase ($1000+) so i figured investing in more primes was a good idea since the 50mm was so wonderful. I was completely wrong! DO NOT BUY ANY OTHERS! The 25mm pancake lens was slightly sharper than the 35mm (which is a complete joke).
Summary: I was very excited to try this little lens for those times I needed speed and lightness. Grabbing it out of the box, the first thing I noticed how tiny the front element was compared to my other Zuikos'. It said it was a f/2.8...WoW! How did they do that? Second thing...No lens hood! I would of thought Olympus would want to give me flair free images. Ok. Put it on the camera and was amazed how light the camera (E300) became! Kinda changed the whole economics of it.