Unboxing: Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 in the Philippines

The Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8
The Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8

It was one of the much awaited lenses for Olympus PEN and the Micro Four Thirds format line. For years, Olympus as opted to keep the f2 as its fastest aperture to ensure the quality of its Zuiko lenses. But now they made a bold move to introduce a larger aperture of f1.8 for its 45mm M.Zuiko. This was welcomed with much celebration both from Olympus and Panasonic users as the lens selection for M43rds has definitely mature with this new addition along with the excellent Lumix 20mm f1.7, Pany/Leica 25 f1.4 and Olympus 12mm f2. But let’s put the spotlight on this wonderful Olympus 45mm f1.8 M.Zuiko Lens.

The small box for the 45mm
The small box for the 45mm

The Olympus 45mm f1.8 was actually announced last June 2011 but it was only a couple of months ago when it started shipping to the hands of eager photographers clamoring for a proper portrait lens for the M43rds. Here in the Philippines, it’s not officially out yet since there’s an ongoing transition on the distributorship of Olympus Products (from Axis Global to now Red Dot Imaging for 2012). This transition halted the import of the new PEN Line and lenses. Luckily, I recently had a visit to Malaysia and got the lens for RM 1,080. SRP for the US Market is $399.99.

In the box are simply the lens, the warranty and manual
In the box are simply the lens, the warranty and manual

Just some quick impressions

  • It’s tiny for such a large aperture lens
  • The build is plastic but feels solid, though I’m careful I may scratch the paint off
  • It focuses quite fast on my E-PL1
  • It’s definitely not a Macro lens but it’s close focus of 1.6 feet is quite good compared to similar portrait lengths of 90mm where they focus only as close to 2ft
  • Its retro design looks absolutely sexy on the PEN cameras
the 45mm lens is incredibly small for such a large aperfture lens
the 45mm lens is incredibly small for such a large aperfture lens

I did some initial shoot with the lens and am enjoying it a lot. Will be using it heavily on my upcoming trip and would show a full review and samples by then. Meanwhile enjoy the unboxing images.

 

Side by side with my other favorite lens, the Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake
Side by side with my other favorite lens, the Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake

 

The 45mm may be taller but its diameter is slimmer
The 45mm may be taller but its diameter is slimmer

 

The 45mm fitted on my Olympus E-PL1
The 45mm fitted on my Olympus E-PL1

8 Comments

  1. I’m thinking I’d totally ditch my dlsr and lenses for micro4/3 cams. Either Olympus or Finepix x100 (or kung kaya ng budget, kahit both since x100 has fixed lens and the Olympus has zoom). Ok ba na move to sir? I just want to lighten the load when traveling. Meron ba way to fire off-camera flashguns (and strobes) with cams like these? Meron na rin ba options sa mga creative filters that fit these lenses?

    • Hi Jasper! I’ve long since ditched my DSLR for the reasons same as you, to travel light. Yes, ever since Olympus can control up to 3 groups of wireless remote flash guns and same goes for the PEN cameras. It also works for 3rd party remote flash guns line Nissin even the CDR-King brand haha. There are built in Art Filters in PEN cameras you can check out too

  2. Hi Ferdz! I’ve been drooling over pics of this lens. Looks great! Did you get it here in the Philippines? And if yes, where?!?! Would appreciate it if you can point me in the right direction. Love Olympus M43 cameras but they really need to work on their distribution here, haha.

    • Hi Vince! Unfortunately I bought this one in Malaysia. Distribution of Olympus cameras here somewhat went to a halt since there’s a transition of distributors. Axis Global has been distributing the cameras for years but will now be handled by Red Dot Imaging Philippines. From what I know official distribution would start by 2012 from Red Dot. I have no contact with them since I am/was one of the endorsers ofOlympus in the Philippines under Axis. Good luck to whoever will sells them here next year, either way I’m still an Olympus user endorser or not.

  3. I hear Malaysia is a great place to buy camera gear. Oh well, I guess Amazon and I are destined to meet again! And here’s to hoping availability improves here. I wish more people could experience the joys of micro four thirds. 🙂

  4. Hi ferdz! the unboxing was a teaser,cant wait to read your review!

    @ vince: im an olympus dealer from red dot philippies..call or text me at 09226821669,i can help you w/ the lenses or e-p3 perhaps…

  5. Hi Richard. I’m a big fan of olympus cameras, and a proud owner of the E-P3. I’ll be in touch. Thanks.


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