Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 is the Best Bargain in a Prime Lens


The announcement of Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 didn't get as much attention as it should due to dizzying array of so many new fantastic lenses and cameras in recent months.

I also didn't pay much attentions since I already own another lens, Panasonic Leica 25mm, with an identical focal length which is considered by many as the king of MFT prime.  I never imagined I'd consider replacing this lens with another prime lens.  Not because no company will every be able to produce something better, but because it would cost a fortune if and when they do make one.

Photo by Robin Wong

Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4 has been my favorite lens and pretty much stays on my camera for the most part.  It simply allow you to snap photos in all type of lighting conditions with an amazing sharpness.  But it's not perfect.  First, it is a fairly large and heavy lens.  You can clearly see the size difference from the new Olympus 25mm F1.8.

Secondly, Panasonic 25mm F1.4 exhibits a couple of issues on Olympus body cameras; "rattle snake noise" and pretty bad chromatic aberration.when used wide open.

Based on my research, Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 seems to address all the the shortcomings presented by Panasonic lens while keeping up or even outperforming in image IQ.  Surprisingly, this awesome lens is pretty much a bargain at $350.

If you haven't been shooting in 25mm focal length (50mm equivalent), you really should try it one day.  If I am given a choice to carry one prime lens, it will be 25mm.  For street photography, it can handle 90% of situations from portraits to building architecture and scenery.

Lowest Price on Olympus 25mm F1.8 - $351.99

Reviews:

Robin Wong- Comparison with Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4
Steve Huff - The Olympus 25 1.8 Lens Review on the E-M1
Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 is the Best Bargain in a Prime Lens Reviewed by Brandon Oh on 4/06/2014 Rating: 5

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