Reviews and Problems with Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm F2.8 Pancake
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A good lens, but I ordered in error.
Ronald Maglio, Amazon
9 June 2014
Summary: Bear in mind, this is four-thirds and NOT micro 4/3. I made the same mistake, but was unable to resell it on Amazon because there is already a surplus of these. Had to hunt around but was able to find an affordable aftermarket adapter.
Summary: After searching high and low for a 50mm lens (or 4/3 equivalent) I can say that this is the lens I've been looking for. It is simple to operate and achieves the quality I'm looking for in snapshot and informal portrait photography. Although the lens pairs well with my E-510, I find that sometimes the lens must not mate correctly with the body's contacts; I have to remove the lens and clean contacts for it to operate correctly. It's a very mild inconvenience.
Summary: I wanted this lens because it duplicates the "normal" lens for 35mm photography. Unless it breaks or I lose it, I will not buy another one. Other lenses by other manufacturers in this approximate focal length are formulated as wide angle lenses.
Summary: Even though is a small lens it works great. You can take advantage of the DOF in your photos, and create beautiful images (portrait or landscapes). In my case, it's a second hand lens, handled with care so I got myself a very nice cost-benefit deal.
Summary: In short: decent lens, decent price, fun to use, not for everyone. Let me get my technical observations out of the way first. It's very small and light, and very easy to wield. I'd avoid this lens if you only had an E-3, but on any other model is a welcome change from using a big zoom. It comes with a screw-on lens cap. It's very thin and looks nice, but kind of a pain to deal with unless you leave it off most of the time.
Pros: size/weight, good and consistent IQ; but see weaknesses, versatile and useful focal length as a prime
Cons: chromatic aberration performance, screw-on lens cap is not practical
Summary: Does anyone get tired of reviews from people who look for lens aberrations and expound on them to show how much they know? I do. I don't use lenses to test, enlarge to 400% and check each pixel to look for imperfections. I just take pictures. And over the 40 or so years I've been doing it, I've had a few dog lenses. Not many, but enough to know when one is a dog.
Summary: After much back and forth about getting this lens or not I finally decided it was time to drop the hammer. Originally using the 14-42 kit lens on my 510 for indoor portraits I was a bit worried this little lens wouldn't be what I wanted. But after just a single short session of pictures my worries quickly faded. The solid construction of the lens surprised me immediately as I was expecting something closer to plastic.