The recently released Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens burst on the camera scene with great fanfare. Portrait photographers using Olympus interchangeable lens cameras have been waiting for this wide aperture lens to make its way to their camera for some time now.
Equivalent to the 50mm focal length in 35mm standards, the 25m lens offers this traditional length for a very reasonable asking price. Coming in at $400, the lens has 9 elements in 7 groups including 2 aspherical lenses. It also has a 7 blade circular aperture diaphragm. Made with a similar build design as the Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens, the 25mm is small in stature and light as a feather (weighing only 4.8 oz).
The lens offers great depth of field–thanks in part to the micro four-thirds sensor nestled behind it–while still maintaining separation between the subject and background. Used on the Olympus OM-D E-M10, the combo is easy to transport and carry even for long amounts of time.
I took this combo to the street of New Orleans to see how it handled a variety of situations. Although the extremely low lighting for the ghost walk made me nervous, the lens did great. It even survived the test of a busy ten year old playing with water and bubbles. Check out these sample images to see for yourself. The Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens will not disappoint!