Welcome to installment 3 of my Prime Time series. I’ve so far covered the mZuiko 12mm f/2 and the mZuiko 17mm f/1.8, now we narrow our field of view some and jump up to the mZuiko 45mm f/1.8! From portraits to sports the mZuiko 45mm f/1.8 may just be the ideal lens. Let’s have a look.
The mZuiko 45mm f/1.8 is a diminutive lens considering its focal length. Even though it is designed for micro fourthirds I am still shocked by just how small this lens is. When compared to something like the 60mm f/2.8 macro or 75mm f/1.8 this thing is pretty darn small. It has a metal mount and the body of the lens feels durable enough. The focus ring has a very smooth action that I think works great for video, although it does seem to take a fair amount of time to work through the whole range of focus this way.
A Prime Lens for Portraits
The 45mm focal length on micro fourthirds as you know by now is equal to 90mm on full frame cameras. This focal length for me has turned out to be great for half length and head only portrait shooting. When shooting half length portraits it gives me enough distance to blow away the background with focal length compression and when coupled with the f/1.8 aperture this is even better. I love shooting people in natural light and the fact that at f/1.8 this lens is still very sharp I can now shoot natural light in the evening and get sharp clean results.
Color rendition matters
I am one of those people whose work 90% of the time sees some action in Photoshop or Lightroom for editing. I have an art background that was focused on watercolor and pen and ink drawing so I tend to play with color and light in post. With that said I am not a purist, I didn’t “cut my teeth on film” so getting final result done “in camera” doesn’t even come close to describing my workflow 90% of the time. But there is that 10% of the time when I DO want the image representative of reality, or when time constraints prevent a trip through Adobe or Nik softwares. An example of this is my 52 Breakfasts project. And so far the images I have been creating with the 45mm f/1.8 have had this rich true to life color rendering that just floors me. I’m not too sure of the coatings used on this lens but they are superb.
And everything else it does for me
In closing I feel the need to mention the mZuiko 45mm is a great all around lens. I have used if for a broad range of subjects. I’ve shot portraits, still life projects, indoor sports and even used it as a general walk around lens. The focal length may be a little long for some situations but for those used to shooting with primes, adjusting the distance between you and your subject is something that isn’t an issue. As with all the mZuiko lenses a lens hood is NOT included with this lens but there are a multitude of low cost hoods available on Amazon and Ebay.
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