And here we are, the end of my series on µ4/3 primes – Olympus 75mm Prime Review. We started out at the wide end of spectrum with the 12mm f/2 and now we end with the 75mm f/1.8
This is a lens that has generated and lot of mixed emotions not only online but with myself. The emotions I’ve seen expressed range from pure excitement to those of question. The people who seemed to be super excited were those who immediately recognized this as a candidate for awesome portrait work. Those who were full of questions and doubt were people who do not shoot portraiture and who are not comfortable with such a long focal length fixed lens. Where did I fall in this whole scheme? I actually went through both sets of emotions! But as you will see below, I eventually found that this lens (like any other) can work in many different situations and you only need to be open to that to fall in love with this lens.
Man That’s a Lot of Glass
One thing that is immediately obvious is that the front element is HUGE! I have been told it looks like I have a small telescope mounted to my camera by a fellow photographer. Given the size the weight of this lens is something to take into account. While lighter than your typical APS-C lens this is still one of the bulkier of the µ4/3 lenses. It feels great on my OM-D with grip attached, but on my E-P5 it is definitely front heavy! So keep this in mind when considering what you’ll be attaching it to. The lens is of metal construction and it has that hefty rigid feel that a good piece of equipment should have. When you pull it out of your bag you KNOW you are grabbing something that is made to perform, and perform well.
What Should I Do With This Focal Length?
I have also used this lens for some wildlife photography as well. As I show below, given the right situations this lens gives enough reach to make for some stunning wildlife photos.
Another great use I found for this lens was indoor sports. Albeit the events I was covering were my son’s basketball games and not pro events, I still have strong feelings for how great this lens performed. Indoor sporting events always seem to be in poor light and often place the spectator a way away from the action. The 75mm w/ its ability to gather available light, and focus ultra fast made this my go to lens for all of my sons games.
What Would I Change About This Lens?
In closing I can really only offer what has been the standard go to complaint about the Olympus Prime lenses. And that is the lack of included lens hoods. And it is especially worth noting with this lens with its gigantic gleaming front element just waiting for some oblique lighting to cause flare. Or that stray foreign object to put a scratch on it! Admittedly the flare “issue” hasn’t really presented itself to me yet, but I can imagine it will at some point, if not with me than with someone.
I hope you enjoyed the prime write ups and I look forward to hearing what you have to say in the comments below. I would also like to ask you to let me know if there is anything you want me to cover that Olympus makes. I’d be glad to maybe do some more write ups.
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