Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Lens (Micro Four Thirds)

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Key Features

  • 75mm focal length
  • 150mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • F1.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • 58mm filters
  • 0.84m/33.07" minimum focus
  • Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras

Product Description

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 is Olympus’s premium medium telephoto ‘portrait’ lens for Micro Four Thirds. It’s beautifully made, with an all-metal barrel, and the autofocus is fast and essentially silent. Image quality is excellent too, blending impressive sharpness with attractively blurred out-of-focus backgrounds.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 75 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Circular aperture diaphragm
Optics
Elements 10
Groups 9
Focus
Minimum focus 0.84 m (33.07)
Maximum magnification 0.1×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Physical
Weight 305 g (0.67 lb)
Diameter 64 mm (2.52)
Length 69 mm (2.72)
Sealing No
Colour Silver, Black
Filter thread 58 mm
Hood supplied No
Hood product code LH-61F (Optional)

Reviews

User Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
  • khaledgawdat, Aug 20, 2013 GMT:
    Amazing lens, incredible sharpness

    Day light, olympus pen e-p5 75 mm 1.8 New to th micro 4/3, Coming from Pentax 645d, Nikon D4, D800 and skeptical of the smaller sensor size of the M4/3. I bought the olympus e-p5 with 5 primes for the size factor. the olympus 75mm 1.8 is simply amazing. Size, build quality are superb. Sharpness, bokhen and colors are unbelievable.  of the 5 primes 12mm,17mm,45mm,75mm Olympus and 25 mm Leica, the 75 mm is my favourite of the group.  150 mm f 1.8 is a good portrait range with exceptional ...

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  • heftymartingmailcom, Oct 17, 2013 GMT:
    Utterly amazing results, but takes some getting used to

    I bought this lens after seeing a friend's amazing portraits taken with it, checking samples on Flickr, and reading the praise it has received in online reviews. I also wanted to get some great shots of my baby daughter while she was still an infant, and getting in too close distracts her too much - she stops doing whatever makes the image worth taking :) Also, I did some concert photography for a band and found myself having to get in too close because my brightest/fastest lens was not a zoom. ...

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  • pinnacle, Dec 23, 2013 GMT:
    If you think you have a use for this lens...

    Just buy it. I can't really add anything that hasn't already been said. The lens excels in everything you would want it to excel in. Razor sharp. very low in optical aberrations, coma, astigmatism, and distortion. Absolutely wonderful bokeh! If you can justify the cost based on your style of photography, get one.

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  • photohounds, Feb 15, 2014 GMT:
    If you shoot people, pair it with the 45

    As one reviewer said just buy it. Another said "if you have a use for it". If you shoot people, landscapes night street scenes, indoor sports, theater and other performance art, you HAVE a use for this lens. To let some pictures do the talking first ... Some people samples .. Kids Littlies .. Some Low (sometimes extremely low) light samples Music - I couldn't even SEE some of these musicians esp the camera tech lady, I saw only a silhouette.  THe OMF VF to the rescue. Footloose The 75 (and ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Your thoughts and experience: Oly 75mm or Pana 35-100?

Hi everyone. I'm ready to purchase a new tele lens for my m4/3 set-up (GX1 and E-PM2, Pana 7-14, Pana 20, Pana 12-35, Oly 45). Thing is, I'm really torn between the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime and Panasonic's 35-100 f/2.8 zoom. My question relates to the real-life situations in which you have been using those lenses, and not to any sharpness/depth-of-field/image-stabilization issues - as you've noticed I have both Pana and Olympus bodies, I'm well aware of what kind of depth of field I get with m4/3, and for my usage most of the system's lenses at this level are plenty sharp and well-corrected for aberrations. Plus I've got Photoshop. I was thinking hard about getting the zoom, but then I researched a bit and realized that for about $400 less, if you figure the OEM lens hood in, the Olympus 75 does look like an appealing lens that would complement my set-up so that I could get roughly the same photography I'd get with the 35-100 zoom. *Roughly*. I already have 70mm equivalent covered ...

Navegador asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

I own both. They are both phenomenal lenses, and the 75/1.8 might be the finest optic overall I've ever owned. However, if I could only keep one, it would be the 35-100 hands down. They are both very sharp lenses with great renderings, but the versatility of the 35-100 wins out for me. I bring my 75/1.8 in my bag when I know I'm going to be shooting portraits, or if I know I'm going to want telephoto with much shallower depth of field, but my 35-100 is in my bag EVERY day I bring my OM-D. Also, I use the 35-100 over the 75mm when in a studio setting, as I'm usually shooting at around f/5.6, and there the 75 is really no sharper, so I simply gain flexibility and lose nothing.  It is very sharp at all focal lengths and all apertures, autofocus is extremely fast and accurate, and it's weathersealed. I've done reviews of both, if you're interested: 75mm: http://admiringlight.com/blog/review-olympus-m-zuiko-75mm-f1-8-ed-msc/ 35-100: http://admiringlight.com/blog/review-panasonic-lumix-g- ... Continue Reading

Jman13 answered
1 year ago

I have both and there is almost no similarity in use. The 75/1.8 is used when I know I'll need a bright mid tele, such as concerts, shows etc. Aslo I also like to shoot primes when I fancy the challenge of a single focal length to help develop my seeing eye (and trust me, it needs help). The 35-100/2.8 is a walkabout lens for when I expect to need a variety of focal lengths from shot to shot. I went to temple fund-raiser on Friday and took the 7-14/4, 20/1.7 and 35-100. The temple was dull, essentially still in the planning stages and nothing to photograph. So I took a walk around the surrounding bushland and kept the 35-100 on the whole time: Here's a few images from the walk, not as a recommendation for the lens, just an example of the varying FLs on the walk:  100mm  93mm  68mm  35mm  46mm 100mm 100mm For the last two, even the 100mm wasn't enough and the images are cropped. I like having both lenses. If you feel you may eventually want both lenses, my advice would be to go ... Continue Reading

Najinsky answered
1 year ago

Navegador wrote: Hi everyone. I'm ready to purchase a new tele lens for my m4/3 set-up (GX1 and E-PM2, Pana 7-14, Pana 20, Pana 12-35, Oly 45). A very intelligently planned lens collection! Thing is, I'm really torn between the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime and Panasonic's 35-100 f/2.8 zoom. You got shallow DOF for portaits with your 45, so for additional range, the 35-100 would be the lens of choice. I was thinking hard about getting the zoom, but then I researched a bit and realized that for about $400 less, if you figure the OEM lens hood in, the Olympus 75 does look like an appealing lens that would complement my set-up so that I could get roughly the same photography I'd get with the 35-100 zoom. *Roughly*. I already have 70mm equivalent covered with the 12-35, 90mm with the 45 and would get a longer focal length (150 equiv.) with the added benefit of a lager aperture. On the flip side, I'd be switching lenses a lot more and losing everything between 70-90, then 90-150, and from ... Continue Reading

eques answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Backpacking/world travel 45mm or 75mm?

In 7 months time I'll be leaving for an 18 month world packing packing trip and can't decide what lenses to take. The trip is going to be a mix of everything (hiking in the Himalayas, European cities, snowboarding in Japan, SE Asia....) as will my photos. At the moment I'm taking my EM5 with the 12-40mm and the 9mm fish eye body cap (takes up no space and is cheap). I want to take one more prime with me, the 45mm or the 75mm? I don't want to take both because I'm backpacking and weight/space will be an issue. If you could choose one of these for my situation which one would it be?

wilsc asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

get the 75mm, for those neat high compression effects, superb up the mountains especially at dusk / dawn. Most of my best shots are coming from the 75mm: So no, these are not the majority of my shots (these would be from my wide angle lenses, the 12mm and 7-14mm), so you'll be mostly carrying that lens for little usage. But when the opportunity arises, the result is worth the trouble, i think. Also when the light gets dim, the large aperture becomes real useful. For the run & gun shooting the 12-40mm or 12mm, upcoming 15mm or 17mm lenses are good i think, even the Pana 20mm will cover a lot of situations. Continue Reading

Surefoot answered
1 month ago

The 45 is likely to be a much more useful focal length on such a trip, the 75 is almost a specialty lens unless you are doing portraits in a large working space.  The 75 is also quite a bit bigger and heavier and more expensive than the 45.  So given the two choices you've given us I'd say the 45. However, I actually don't think either are a good choice for your stated purpose. On travel a fast prime would primarily be used either for low light or portraits.  Low light usually means confined space and the 45 is not going to be very useful in that environment.  And for portraits on travel in many cases you are looking for an "environmental portrait" and not the rather closely cropped portrait we'd normally do.  So again, looking for a wider angle. If I was going to bring a prime on your trip it would probably be the 25/1.8 or 17/1.8.  If Panasonic will hurry up and actually release it the 15/1.7 would be another choice. BTW, I think your choice to bring the 9mm BC is excellent for ... Continue Reading

kenw answered
1 month ago

With that mix of purposes, in my perception an ILC is just an unnecessary distraction. Even here in Auckland I have seen one tourist wasting a whole ferry trip with selecting lenses, he did not get a single shot. I got stills and movies during the same trip on my P&S. With hiking in the Himalayas and snowboarding on the itinerary I would look at a Tough pocket P&S. Henry Continue Reading

Henry Falkner answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Next upgrade question. Lens or new body?

Hi all, I am looking for some advice on my next upgrade move. Currently I have a GX1 body, 14-42mm PZ, and a PL 25mm f1.4 lens. I mainly use the camera indoor or outside at the park for baby portraits / video and some occasional scenery pictures. The PL25 was a wonder when the baby was little and couldn't move as freely. But now since she has grown up and can crawl around a lot faster, I can't get any easy close up big head shots anymore. She will just straight dash towards me and start to trying to grab my camera whenever I point the camera at her. I tried the PZ lens and max zoom, it didn't quiet put me out of her attention zone :( So I am thinking about getting a longer focal length prime lens, with wide aperture. Due to that often times I have to take her photo at night, and wife put up the absolute no flash light rules in front of the baby. I am thinking the olympus 75mm f1.8, or maybe a GX7 for the IBIS (i do have problem taking sharp picture at night when shutter speed start ...

tg9413 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

The IBIS won't help with getting clear shots of the little one, unfortunately... If it was up to me, I'd probably go for the lens. The Sigma is very sharp, but it is a lot slower than your PL 25/1.4 - for the same shutter speed, you could be two stops higher in ISO, something I generally like to avoid but especially on the older sensor Panasonics. I don't have a GX1 and am not speaking from experience, but from what I've seen I'd personally want to avoid a two stop ISO bump. Continue Reading

areichow answered
1 month ago

thanks for the input. I am leaning toward the lens myself too as I am really not sure if I can utilize all the feathers that GX7 packs as I am just getting myself around the GX1. I will bring this question to the M43 section see if the people there have experience with the gear listed. Continue Reading

tg9413 answered
1 month ago

Ask over on the Micro Four Thirds forum. Continue Reading

KCook answered
1 month ago
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