Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm - Johnsson Photo

First of all I want to state that I do not take any scientific tests on sharpness or ISO comparisons with other cameras. I just evaluate the pure shooting experience by going out taking photos.

This lens was one of my first lenses for my EM-5. I have heard a lot about its quality, that it is one of the sharpest lenses for the m4/3-System. But on the other hand it is one of the most expensive lenses too if not the most expensive for the format.
But when you open the box and take out the lens for the first time you know why: The lens is beautifully made with a robust body out of metal. It has the same eggshell colored finish like the 12mm 2.0 (the 45mm M.Zuiko’s finish is a bit more silver) but features a wider maximum aperture of f1.8. But the lens is heavy for mFT standards and using it on the EM-5 without the optional grip can be fiddly at times.

When I first mounted this lens on my EM-5 and took a few test shots I was impressed by the quality of the pictures. Even on the little display on the back of the camera the images were crisp and filled with lots and lots of detail when zoomed in. But on a big computer display is where the images show all their potential. The images are sharp in the corners and super sharp in the centre. The pictures almost look too sharp (if that can be something bad) but the detail the camera captures is simply outstanding and no sign of moire-effect which can occur with too sharp images and a low or no AA-filter in front of the sensor like the in EM-5.

After 4 months of use I still love shooting with this lens although I do not use it as regularly as I might wish too. But the focal length is not best suited for just staying on the camera. It is more of a special lens when you have a shot or purpose in mind rather than your everyday lens. With 75mm or 150mm on full frame you have to have a fair amount of distance between you and your subject. So for studio shooting situation the lens simply is too wide. But outside when you have enough room to move I cannot think of a better lens for portraits.
With a maximum aperture of 1.8 the depth of field is so narrow that you have very good control about the depth of field and get a nice separation of your subject from the background. And the lens is super sharp even wide open. Almost essential to a lens specifically designed for portrait is the bokeh and this lens does not disappoint in that regard either. The lens features 9 aperture blades which create nice round light bubbles.

Like all the Olympus mFT lenses before it this one does not come with a hood either. But for a lens at this price point this should be standard in my opinion and Olympus need to reconsider their strategy on that matter. A pouche is also not included.This is an outstanding lens and apart from the hefty price point this is the ultimate m4/3 portrait lens in my opinion.


  • - superb image quality 
  • - very conrtrasty images
  • - robust and well built
  • - smooth manual focus ring
  • - nice to look at with it's silver finish
  • - nice round bokeh


  • - expensive
  • - no lens hood or pouche included at that price

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