Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 review

One of the lenses that defines the (OM) system, the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 is a must-have for Micro Four Thirds

5 Star Rating
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 is the perfect pocketable portrait prime. This 90mm equivalent lens exemplifies the Olympus / OM System advantage and all the benefits of the Micro Four Thirds format: affordable, powerful, and small. It's sharp as a tack, compact as a couple of tins of lip balm, and it delivers incredible results even in low light. A must-have for Micro Four Thirds users.


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    Literally pocket-sized

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    Very affordable

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    Produces great results


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    Lens hood not included

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Confession: the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 is the first lens that I bought with my own money. I'd previously been using Canon SLRs and DSLRs mainly inherited from my dad, but when I went mirrorless I jumped on the original Olympus OM-D E-M5 and specifically this lens.

The Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 is a 90mm equivalent that's so good it made me a) switch from Canon, b) switch to mirrorless, and c) buy it a second time, when I bought my partner her first mirrorless camera some years later. For my money – literally – it's one of the best Olympus lenses as well as best lenses for portraits, regardless of manufacturer. And that's coming from someone who also shoots on a Canon EOS R5 with the mighty Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.