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Review Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO

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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO is the brightest lens in the Olympus M.Zuiko PRO series. The lens is more than two stops brighter than the M.Zuiko PRO zoom lenses. That offers new possibilities, both for photographing in low light and for bokeh fans.

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Review Olympus 12-100mm f/4

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The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 is a professional compact all-around zoom for Micro Four Thirds. The range corresponds with a 24mm to 200mm on full-frame. Usually, these kinds of zooms are not of the best optical quality. Packing a large zoom range of nearly 10 times into a compact lens only works if you make compromises in the area of image quality, right? The Olympus 12-100mm is the exception to the rule.

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Review OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO 30mm F3.5 MACRO

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With the arrival of the Olympus M.ZUIKO 30mm F3.5 Macro, there is no lack of choice in macro lenses in the Micro Four Thirds system. Olympus namely also makes a 60mm f/2.8 macro, and Panasonic has a 45mm f/2.8 as well as a 30mm f/2.8 for sale. What does this little macro have to offer?

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Review Olympus 300 mm f/4

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The missing piece in the puzzle of professional micro-43 lenses fits perfectly: 300 mm f/4 + 8 mm f/1.8 Fisheye + 12-40 mm f/2.8 + 40-150 mm f/2.8. 

The Olympus 300 mm f/2.8 Zuiko Digital, because of its unique construction and image quality, is a famous telephoto lens for nature, sport and telephoto-macro photography. But its price, weight, and the fact that the lens is designed for four-thirds cameras that are no longer made make this topper from 2005 a less obvious candidate for the popular micro-43 cameras of today. Since 2005, a great deal of progress has been made in making AF faster and more accurately, and you especially benefit from that with telephoto lenses.
The Olympus 300 mm f/4.0 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko Digital, a lens that Olympus says might be the best lens that Olympus has ever built, is more compact, lighter and less expensive. This is a modern lens with a silent and fast High-speed Imager (MSC) Autofocus. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300 mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens (with a field of view of 4.1 degrees: 35-mm equivalent: 600 mm) is extra well-sealed against dust and splashwater and is guaranteed to work at 10 degrees below 0 (C). All of this is packaged in a metal body and weighs—without the removable tripod collar but including the built-in lens hood—just 1270 grams. Before we compare the Olympus 300 mm f/4 with the Panasonic 100-300 mm, we will first take a look at how good this new Olympus telephoto lens is.

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Review Olympus 14-42 mm EZ Pancake

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With the introduction in December 2013, the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42 mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ was, according to Olympus, the flattest pancake zoom lens in the world. I think that is still the case. This small standard zoom lens is frequently sold for a small added price with an Olympus OM-D or PEN camera. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ distinguishes itself from most other kit lenses with a silent electro-magnetic zoom, so that this lens can also be used well for video recordings. The EZ zoom can even be operated remotely with a smartphone.
This micro-43 lens can be used on Panasonic and Olympus cameras. The combination with Olympus camera bodies is optimal because you can then also use the very effective in-body image stabilization (IBIS) of Olympus. For the testing of the standard kit lenses, we find small differences in image quality, which for the target audience—primarily photographers who are purchasing their first system camera—are probably not that important. For that, the good image stabilization is a more important plus, so that you still make shots without motion blur in low light. Even so, there is another special reason why you could choose this small zoom lens
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Review Olympus 8 mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO

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A Fisheye lens is for creative photography. And then you mustn’t be too demanding as a photographer. A large aperture in order to prevent blurred images indoors or playing with background blur? Professional build quality? Extra well sealed against dust and splashwater? You can forget about these kinds of requirements when purchasing a Fisheye lens. Such Fisheye lenses did not exist.

The Olympus 8 mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO does meet all these requirements. The world’s brightest Fisheye lens has the best build quality of all Fisheye lenses that we have reviewed so far. And it is not even the most expensive Fisheye in our list.

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Review Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO

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With the introduction of a Fisheye and the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO ultra-wide angle zoom (with a full 11 seals against dust and splashwater and guaranteed to work in freezing cold), the M.ZUIKO PRO family has grown into five high-quality, weather-resistant PRO lenses for the semi-professional and professional photographer. Olympus PRO f/2.8 lenses now have a field of view that corresponds with 14 mm wide-angle for 300 mm telephoto lenses on a camera with a full-frame sensor. With help from a dedicated 1.4x converter for the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO zoom, that significant range is even further expandable to 400mm. And for those for whom that is still not enough, a 300 mm f/4 will probably be released at the end of this year (in terms of field of view, equivalent to a 600mm telephoto on a camera with a full-frame sensor), which can also be combined with the 1.4x converter.
What image quality does this new wide-angle zoom have in store?

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Review Olympus 1.4x converter + 40-150 mm f/2.8

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Together with the Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 Pro, the Olympus 1.4x teleconverter was released. I enjoyed that, because I have a weakness for teleconverters. A teleconverter offers a solution when I sporadically need an extreme telephoto lens with a focal length of (converted to a full-format sensor) 400 mm or more. Some converters offer a lot of value for the money. I was initially extra-enthusiastic because the Olympus 1.4x converter MC-14 is the first teleconverter for the micro-43 platform. I cheered a bit too early, because this 1.4x converter only fits on the Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 Pro.

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Review Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO

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The Olympus ED 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO appeared shortly after Photokina 2014 and offers a field of view that corresponds with that of an 80-300 mm zoom lens on a camera with a full-frame sensor. That is a very broadly usable telephoto lens zoom range, especially with the high, constant brightness of f/2.8.
This micro-43 lens is designed for demanding professionals, who waited for it impatiently. I know several professional photographers who do their work with a micro-43 camera and a wide-angle or standard lens. Solidly built, optically high-quality lenses like the Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 Pro, Panasonic Nocticron 42.5 mm f/1.2 or the Olympus 12 mm f/2 are their favorite workhorses.

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Review Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Special Edition

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The Olympus 12 mm f/2 Limited Black was released in 2012 in a production run of 3000 copies. Apart from the appearance, the limited edition is produced in black, the lens design is the same as the Olympus 12 mm f/2 from 2011. That one is silver, comes without a sun cap, without a metallic lens cap and without a filter, and it's 200 euros less expensive. Most photographers will choose the silver edition. Especially for the collectors among our readers, we've reviewed the black collector's item, which became unavailable for purchase recently. And for everyone who already has the silver edition of the Olympus 12 mm f/2 or is planning to purchase one.

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Review Olympus 25mm f1.8: So good!

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Since the success of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus has decided to continue in the direction of system cameras for the serious amateur photographer. This kind of photographer enjoys using high-quality, dedicated, fast lenses. Together with the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the first lens in the Pro series was released (the Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8). And with the introduction of the Olympus OM-D E-M10, the Olympus 25 mm f/1.8 from the Premium series was presented. When it comes to lenses with a fixed focal length, an amateur photographer now has the choice of a few feather-light, compact and also fast Olympus lenses from the premium series with a fixed focal length and an f/1.8 aperture. In the first case, I'm thinking about the 17 mm, 25 mm, and the 45 mm, which all have a suggested retail price of under 400 euros. The Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 is, given its higher price and less common focal length, more a lens for connoisseurs and prosumers.

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Review Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro M.Zuiko Digital ED (m43)

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO lens is the first model from the new, professional M.ZUIKO PRO lenses series from Olympus. This spectacularly good lens, according to our review, meets in terms of construction and its image quality the high demands of professional photographers or other perfectionist photographers. No wonder this Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 zoom lens is also offered as a kit lens for the Olympus OM-D E-M1. This combination delivers such high quality images that as a professional, you can confidently switch to a micro-43 camera.

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Review Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 review (M43)

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The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 was introduced in May 2012, simultaneously with the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Our Olympus 75mm review certainly isn't the first review of this lens. Nevertheless, the Olympus 75 mm has exceptionally good mechanical and optical properties, and therefore this belongs in our list of reviews.
For available light photographers taking pictures in low light, this fast, short telephoto lens is very attractive. Also, the large f/1.8 aperture is very useful to create portraits with a beautiful background blur. The combination of a large aperture of f/1.8 and a relatively long focal length of 75mm (150mm full frame equivalent) forms an ideal combination for isolating your subject from foreground and background.

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Review Olympus 17 mm 1.8

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The Olympus 17 mm 1.8 is announced at Photokina 2012 and has been ready for sale within a few months. In December, we have received a copy for an Olympus 17 mm 1.8 review. The field of view of this micro-43 lens corresponds to the field of view of a 35 mm lens on a camera with a full frame sensor. This is a popular focal length, including for street photography. The image that you get approximately corresponds to that of your own eyes. Moreover, the field of view of a 35 mm lens is substantially greater than the field of view of a 50 mm standard lens. Nowadays there are so many micro-43 lenses for sale, that even with a 35 mm focal length, you already have a choice of multiple lenses. In addition to the Olympus 17 mm 1.8, there is an Olympus 17 mm 2.8, Panasonic 20 mm 1.7 and a Sigma 19mm 2.8 for example. Compared to the Olympus 17 mm 2.8, the 1.8 version is brighter, but also larger. The Olympus 17 mm 1.8 is, compared to the Panasonic 20 mm, about as bright, but it has a wider field of view.

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Review Olympus 60 mm macro

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M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 macro & Olympus OM-D E-M5 (M-43)

In September 2012, Olympus announces four new micro-43 lenses, including an Olympus 60 mm macro lens. Currently, the range of macro lenses for micro-43 cameras is still very limited, because the Panasonic 45 mm macro lens is the only macro lens for micro 43 cameras until the introduction of this Olympus 60 mm macro. The famous Olympus Four Thirds ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 mm 1:2.0 macro lens, which you could connect to a micro-43 camera via an adapter, I conveniently ignore here.

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