The Olympus 75mm, tell me why I "need" it.

Started Oct 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
NeroMetalliko Regular Member • Posts: 237
I can only tell you why I like it...


I've been through numerous threads here regarding the Olympus "must have" primes, the 12, 40 and 75.  I must confess that I am a tried and true addict of zoom lenses as I find the versatility of them to be so useful and adaptable for any given situation.  I have had primes before, 50 mm macros and my first tele lens was a 135.  The only prime that I have very fond memories of, prior to shooting digital, was the Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D.  This lens was absolutely gorgeous and the images it produced were of equal quality.  I utilized this lens for a lot of natural light shooting, portraits and weddings, and even landscapes, it was actually a pretty versatile lens.

I don't actually shoot a lot of ultra wide stuff, and, if I wish to use it, have the four thirds 14-35 f2 SWD at my disposal, so the 12mm doesn't have any siren call for me.  But I keep coming back to the other two after hearing so many glowing reports here and on other forums.  I'd like to hear some feedback from anyone on here who's had experience with the 75, and yes, the 45 as well, but I'm leaning in the 75 direction. Tell me why I "need" this lens.


Lorne Miller


I have the 25, 45 and 75 and I like these lens in the same increasing order I have listed.

I have discovered in the time, with my experience, that I have a "shifted" focal length personal classification/taste toward tele: the 45 is probably my most used lens, it's light, compact, sharp and fast and, in my personal view, it's my "normal" lens. The 25 is my wide one, and the 75 is my tele/portrait tool and IQ reference.

I shoot a lot of portrait and 45 is good for indoor and 3/4 outdoor, I use the 25 mainly indoor or outdoor for full body shots, but, for head portraits outdoors the 75 is simply amazing: the combination of sharp image, angle of view and gorgeous bokeh is terrific. I'm used to move forward/backward in order to accomodate for fixed length and I have found that the 75 (150 eq.) focal length is not so odd as often indicated, even if obviously it's not, and could not be, a long tele.

I have seen that statistically, my most favourite shots are done with the 45 and 75, the 25 coming last, and the look of the 75 images is the nicest one by far.

The problem is that now I'm totally addicted to the quality and distinctive look/features of the 75 (and 45) shots: today I was out with the 12-50 due to flexibility requirements and now, frankly, after looking at the pictures I got, I feel so unsatisifed that I'm starting to think to get a second body in order to have two prime lens always mounted on an the third ready in the pocket...

As side notes I can add that the 75 AF in low light is not so blazing fast however, and the hood lack is a shame, but the lens is so well made that it's a real pleasure owning it by itself.

I hope this will help.


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