about a week ago i’ve finally received the olympus m.zuiko 45mm f1.8 lens from amazon germany. i want to show some test shots here to demonstrate what this lens is (at least) capable of. i’m using it on the already venerable olympus e-pl1. i guess the autofocus performance will be better on the newer (e-p(l)3 and e-pm1) models. after some trials to shoot portraits wide open i think that a better autofocus performance and probably the possibility to program focusing on the eyes or even on the closer eye would help tremendously if it’s not a formal portrait session. this is due to the really thin depth of field the 90mm equivalent deliver at f1.8. i think i will find out about the benefits of a faster autofocus probably next year ;)
as always there are no people here, so if you are looking for genuine portrait examples i cannot help you here. but i still hope that you enjoy what i have. if you click on the images you will find a bigger version (though not original size) if you are interested in a little pixel peeping. i don’t see any flaws with the image quality of the lens by the way. it’s tack sharp, there is no vignetting or at least a lot less than on the lumix 20mm, the amount of chromatic aberration is neglectable, it has good contrast and the bokeh is very nice in most situations. but i think a lens hood might prove helpful in bright light but that’s practically true of all lenses.
2 mannequins (f1.8)
2 mannequins 2 (f1.8)
lonely guitar (f1.8)
bruschetta semplice (f1.8)
window frames (f2.5)
the lab (f1.8)
the disappointed tree (f1.8)
i took some shots today and yesterday with the slr magic toy lens (26mm, f1.4) and i want to show them here. the baseline is, that if you like vignetting, swirly bokeh and a sweet spot that’s off center you should definitely consider the toy lens (or probably any other cctv lens with that specification).
i think it might be useful for portraits but then on the other hand you might consider a classic om 28mm or 35mm lens instead. surely you would loose on vignetting and swirlyness with these, though.
i’d say the toy lens is not really usable wide open at least outside because of a lot of flare, super low contrast and heavy chromatic aberrations, BUT that all goes away or at least looses impact if you stop down a little. btw. there are no real stops on the lens to stop down but you can smoothly set the aperture to any value you like between wide open and indeed fully closed. you can’t be sure of the exact aperture value but i think i kept it almost always under f2.8.
regarding the low contrast i’ve done some contrast enhancement on some of the pictures with picasa’s auto-contrast feature. i really like the combination of the e-pl1’s grainy film mode with this lens as you might have noticed already.
today the slr magic “toy lens” (26mm f1.4) arrived and i have to say that i am quite happy with it. i haven’t had much opportunity for shooting but it feels quite nice. unfortunately it is plain ugly on the e-pl1 (see below) but i will try to learn to live with that… the build quality is not overwhelming either but i liked the packaging very much and the idea to include those rubberbands that are supposed to give this lens an even more toyish look. i have not used them though…
here are some pics i took today. i just sing: happy vignetting and a swirly bokeeeeeh!
the red thingy
as i said, plain ugly…