Olympus 45mm f/1.2 M.Zuiko ED PRO

Here’s our concise review of the Olympus 45mm f/1.2 M.Zuiko ED PRO prime lens…

Olympus 45mm f/1.2 M.Zuiko ED PRO

Olympus 45mm f/1.2 M.Zuiko ED PRO

Olympus’ excellent M.Zuiko pro line-up of lenses features some real gems, and this 90mm equivalent is definitely one of them.

Featuring the joint widest aperture in test, this f/1.2 is razor-sharp across the focal plane, even when wide open. The excellent weather-sealed design packs 14 elements in ten groups. It includes one Extra Low Dispersion and one aspherical element, as well as Z Coating Nano to all-but-eliminate any evidence of flare and ghosting.

One interesting element of this lens is the feathered bokeh – shooting at f/1.2 features an increased rendering that smoothly transitions between in and out-of-focus areas, a must for those who love buttery backgrounds.

Autofocus is also quick and accurate, as well as being virtually silent, and the manual focus ring acts as an MF override. Simply pulling it up or down will switch from AF to MF in a split-second. The only reason it doesn’t place higher is the cost against others in test.

Find out more at the Olympus website.

Pros
Lightweight
Portable
Excellent sharpness

Cons
Can feel unbalanced on smaller bodies
Price

Spec
Max aperture: f/1.2
Min aperture: f/16
Elements/groups: 14/10
Min focus distance: 50cm
DxL: 70x85mm
Weight: 410g