Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro Snap Verdict
The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro is a high quality lens that’s perfect for portrait-shooting Micro Four Thirds users. It captures a high level of detail across the frame throughout the aperture range and distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting are all controlled very well. In addition, the wide maximum aperture allows you to blur backgrounds attractively and focus attention on your subject.
For Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro
- Popular portrait focal length equivalent
- Lots of control over depth of field
- Splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof
Against Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro
- It’s a Pro lens so naturally, it commands a fairly high price
- The LFn button is awkwardly placed for use when supporting the lens from underneath
What is the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro?
The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro is a Micro Four Thirds lens designed for use on Olympus (or Panasonic) mirrorless cameras like the OM-D E-M1 II, OM-D E-M5 II or OM-D E-M10 III. Because of the 2x focal length multiplication factor of the Four Thirds sensor in these cameras the lens has an effective focal length of 90mm, which makes it ideal for shooting portraits.
Olympus announced the M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro at the same time as the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 Pro, but the 17mm won’t be available until March 2018. The 45mm is set to go on sale in December, but we were able to get a sample ahead of the release date to test for this review.
According to Olympus the M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro’s back focus and relay lens design enable a reduction in the number of elements needed for its construction and this keeps the size and weight down. Consequently, the lens has 14 elements arranged in 10 groups. Meanwhile, ghosting and flare are reduced by Olympus’s Z Coating Nano technology.
With a maximum aperture of f/1.2, there’s plenty of scope to restrict depth of field and Olympus has designed the lens to give ‘feathered’ bokeh so out of focus areas look smooth and naturally soft.
The lens barrel has an LFn button that can be programmed via the camera’s Custom menu to access a long list of features.
|Focal length||45mm (35mm equivalent approx. 90mm)|
|Lens construction||14 elements in 10 groups with Z Coating Nano technology|
|Angle of view||27 degrees|
|Closest focusing distance||0.5m|
|Maximum image magnification||0.1x (35mm equivalent approx. 0.2x)|
|Closest focusing distance||50cm|
|Number of aperture blades||9 (circular aperture diaphragm)|
|Dimensions:||79 x 84.9mm|