Olympus 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Four Thirds Lens

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Olympus 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Four Thirds & Digital LensThe Olympus 25mm f/2.8 ED Zuiko Lens is an ultra-slim "pancake-style" standard focal length lens that only weighs and astonishing 3.35 oz (95g). This compactness is accomplished by incorporating a special double-sided aspherical lens element. It is compatible with any digital SLR camera that uses the Four Thirds System (e.g. Olympus, Panasonic), but is designed to perfectly complement the E-410 and E-420 camera bodies in size and weight. Combined with these models, a coat-pocketable SLR camera is now a reality.

This lens provides a focal length equivalent to 50mm in 35mm format. This view is ideal because of the natural-looking "human-eye" perspective, and can be used for a wide range of portraiture, landscape, reportage, street photography and candid snapshot applications.

The Olympus 25mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light and more.The Olympus 25mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus 25mm F/2.8: Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh.

Features

Multi-coating ensures that flare and ghosting are kept well controlled.
7-bladed aperture diaphragm ensures pleasing rendition of out-of-focus highlights.

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Specifications
Overview
Lens stylePrime lens  
Max Format Size FourThirds  
Lens focal length25 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Four Thirds  
Angle of view 47  
Aperture
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Optics
Total Elements 5  
Number of Groups 4  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 0.20 m (7.87")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.19 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Unit  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical
Overall weight95 g (0.21 lb) 3.35 oz  
Lens diameter 64 mm (2.52")  
Overall length 24 mm (0.93")  
Lens color Black  
Filter thread size 43 mm  
Lens hood included No  
Lens hood code LH-43  
Tripod collar included No  
Usable Olympus Teleconverter

 

EC-14 (maintains AF)
EC-20 (maintains AF)
 

Accessories

Reviews
New found freedom away from zooms - a true walk-around lens, February 9, 2010

By Jimmy Ferrara "guitarist(surf*blues*funk)/com... (Northern VA, USA)

I am using this lens on a Panasonic Lumix L1 and took it to a large party/rehearsal dinner where people were frantically milling and mingling around and I really enjoyed weaving in and out of the crowd snapping candids with this lens. It was so refreshing not having to worry about fiddling with a zoom ring and allowed for rapid point and shoot style shooting that gave me a great advantage in capturing the flurry of the moment and great candids.

I only gave it 4 stars because of the following: 1) as others have stated in photo forums, this lens, after you screw it on about 2/3's the way, the last 1/3 of the twist is very hard to do because it is a extremely tight fit so much so that it feels wrong. None of my other Olympus lens' fit like this -- they all twist on firmly with ease. 2) this is the first Olympus lens I've purchased that is made in China (all my other ones are made in Japan) 3) I feel this lens in over-priced for a fixed lens, especially a pancake that has very little glass in it and is also made in China -- this lens should cost around $150. (Because of the bad fit, I may send this back and try another one to see if it fits better)

For those of you who own a Lumix L1, I can tell you this is the lens that should have been supplied with the camera as a kit lens -- it changes the whole attitude and functionality of the camera, and finally, the L1 has a lens that matches its range-finder body style. This lens just encourages the joy of shooting by enabling you to concentrate on your subjects.

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