Olympus ED 45mm f/1.2 Pro Portrait Lens - Black

Olympus ED45mm F1.2 Pro portrait lens-Black-01
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Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro is a dream portrait lens for Micro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds shooters have had a decent selection of portrait lenses for a while, from both Panasonic and Olympus, but the standout model is undoubtedly the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2. This is the one people talk about, and for good reason. Released in 2014, that lens set the bar for fast, sharp, portrait-length primes for the MFT system.

Key Features

The 45mm is the longest in Olympus’ new M.Zuiko F1.2 Pro series, which also includes the 17mm F1.2 Pro and 25mm F1.2 Pro. The series was built with consistency in mind, so that photographers can switch between the three lenses and get similar results from each, aside from the obvious effects of different focal lengths. This means sharp performance wide open, but also a specific look and feel that yields subjectively pleasing results, particularly when shooting portraits.
Design and build quality
All of the M.Zuiko F1.2 Pro series lenses are built with the same exacting standards, both inside and out. This means a complex optical design housed in a dust and splash-proof body. With about 1 millimeter of length difference between the three, they all look extremely similar, with a premium, metallic black finish that looks right at home mounted on the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.
Image quality and feathered bokeh
Obviously, one clear reason many people will be attracted to this lens is that f/1.2 aperture and the promise of ultra shallow depth of field. However, when it comes to separating a subject from the background, there’s more to it than simple depth of field control. Olympus’ goal with the F1.2 Pro series was to craft a specific quality of blur, which the company calls “feathered bokeh.” The look reminds us somewhat of lenses that use apodization filters, such as the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD and Sony 100mm f/2.8 STM GM OSS, with a softer, smoother rendition of out of focus areas.
This is our favorite portrait-length lens for the MFT system. Everything about it is finely tuned for portrait photography.
Essentially, there are three types of bokeh, as defined by the look of the blur circle produced by a lens: ring, solid, and “feathered.” A feathered blur circle can best be described as more “natural,” and is often less distracting from the brighter solid and ring types, drawing more attention to the subject rather than the background. Achieving this effect requires very precise design and manufacturing. In fact, as Olympus demonstrated for us using its in-house lens simulation tool, moving a single element by a mere 5 microns was enough to drastically alter the quality of bokeh, changing the blur circles from feathered to solid.
Sharpness is excellent. Details like eyelashes come through clearly, even at f/1.2.
As we’ve noted in our reviews of the other lenses in this series, it’s also worth pointing out that f/1.2 on MFT is equivalent to f/2.4 on full-frame. This isn’t necessarily an issue, but anyone accustomed to shooting full-frame who might be considering switching to MFT should keep this in mind. The 45mm F1.2 Pro won’t be able to produce quite as shallow a field as your 85mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 full-frame lens.
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Brand Olympus
Model ED45M F1.2 PRO
Product Type Camera Lenses
Weight (kg) 0.408
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