Amazon has the new Olympus 25 1.8 IN STOCK NOW in black for $399. This is a STEAL of a DEAL for this lens and I will have mine tomorrow. Full review soon but I have seen loads of photos with this lens and it is superb, fast focusing, silent and gorgeous! Get it HERE! This will give you the classic 50mm field of view on your Micro 4/3 camera with a fast 1.8 aperture!
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i own the panasonic 25 1.4 and like i’m sure quite a few others would be curious to hear a thoughtful comparison with the new oly . . .
It is very very close, so close that I prefer the Olympus due to size, design, Af speed, etc. The Panasonic may be a bit more contrasty out of camera, but the Oly is superb, and costs less. For the E-M1, my pick is the Olympus.
thanks for the fast sharing of your thoughts ….. 1/2 stop slower ? observations on the character of bokeh in situations where one isn’t doing “close ups” but something like 3/4 “portraits” with varying amounts of space behind ?
I just received my Oly 25mm f1.8 and looks fantastic on the OMD EM5. Also have the Pany 25mm f1.4. In test shots I have to pixel peep very hard to tell the difference between the Oly 25mm & Pany 25mm.
I’d post some sample pics but I don’t have a blog or website.
For my money I have mounted the Olympus 24mm f1.8 on my OMD EM5 and Panasonic 25mm f1,4 on GX7. I’ve kept both but prefer the Olympus 24mm f1.8 because of size and near identical image quality.
The Image Quality is really tough to tell them apart but I would give the edge to the Panasonic if IQ was the only criterion. I doubt if anyone would tell on a printed image.
“prefer the Olympus 24mm f1.8 because”
miss-typed, I meant 25mm
Really looking forward to your review. If it performs close to Panasonic 25 1.4, then the savings could go toward another lens. Sort of contemplating on 3 lens set for m4/3. Oly 45 is no brainer for portrait. This could be the normal. Still unsure about wide angle (12mm is too expensive. Panny 14 is possibility. Anything else?)
Ordered mine yesterday and it will arrive tomorrow. Can’t wait. Selling my Panasonic 25/1.4.
Given that you do like the Panasonic 25mm well enough, do you think you will be doing a head-to-head comparison of the Pany and the Oly? ‘Cause it seems that these are two really great choices!
Hi Steve – I think I read a remark somewhere that you are less of a fan of the Panasonic M4/3 lenses generally than the Olympus ones, although I believe you do rate the Panasonic 25 1.4 fairly highly (my apologies if I’m wrong on this – it’s based on vague memory of posts from a while back).
Do you think there is anything compelling about the Olympus 25mm over the PL25 from the sample photos you’ve seen? With the extra light gathering of the PL25 the Olympus would have to have stellar IQ to tempt me, though I presume the Olympus has the advantage of being significantly smaller than the PL…
Also wondered if you’d had a chance to look at the Panasonic 42.5 f1.2 and whether you’d formed any opinions about it that you’d share?
Not true. I am a huge fan of the Panasonic 25 1.4 except for the bulk and slow noisy focusing with video. Also has the rattlesnake sound on some cameras. The optics are fantastic though. Also love the 7-14, the 14.5 and even enjoyed the 35-100. I would take the Olympus 25 1.8 over the Panasonic due to size, silent AF, speed of AF and rendering (shares the 45 1.8 formula). Also because I own an E-M1 and Olympus lenses just rock on that camera. But Panasonic makes fantastic lenses as well. The price of $399 is a steal for a lens of this caliber. These Oly lenses are like little jewels and perform like them as well.
Thanks for the response. Any thoughts on the upcoming PL 42.5 1.2 or is this not on your radar? I’ve got one on pre-order, but am slightly concerned about the bulk (on E-M1) – it’s even larger than the Oly 75 1.8 (which I love, but is just a little too long for most situations I shoot in).
Looks like a killer lens, and I am going to test it for sure but I really love the Voigtlander 42.5 0.95 – amazing lens 100% and MF is simple with the E-M1. So if it beats that with AF I will be impressed..but will be tough to beat.
One things for sure – there’s no shortage of great glass for M4/3, and it just keeps getting better…
I will get this lens… as soon as I finish paying for the E-M1.
Really exciting time for m43 shooters. New ultra wide angle olympus 7-14mm f2.8 pro lens is another one to look out for
Moments like this make me wish I still shot M4/3 (I’m a Fuji user now). I look forward to seeing how this lens performs!
OK, I’ll be the first one to say it… “I’d like to see a comparison between this and the Panasonic 25mm f1.4”.
I have the Panasonic 25mm and love it. It stays on my E-M5 95% of the time. Before I bought it, I never really understood all the fuss about how a lens “rendered” (my main judging criteria was always sharpness and build quality) but now I know what reviewers like Steve were talking about. I suspect the Oly lens won’t render as well as the Panasonic but if it performs in the same league as the 45mm, it will be pretty awesome.
Pre ordered via your link!! Cannot wait for it to get here!!!