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Video: Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens

Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.

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The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens features a light-gathering, dimension-enhancing f/1.8 aperture and a perfect length for portrait photography that's equivalent to 90mm on a 35mm camera. That means close-ups of kids, pets, grandparents and other loved ones that pop off the page, framed print, or screen. It also means shots of things like streetscapes that enhance a sense of space. This is a great choice for your first fixed-length lens, as it lends itself to rewarding experimentation.

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This is the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. And I have to say, this is one of my favorite lenses for the Micro Four-Thirds system. Of course with the crop factor it's a 90mm effective lens with a big f/1.8 aperture. So this is the portrait dream lens really for Micro Four-Thirds.

And you can see it is quite tiny, so this is, you put this on the camera and you won't even know it's there. It's good for getting shots at social gatherings or any place where you're not going to be sticking a camera right in somebody's face with this. You're gonna be standing back a little bit, and you can get some really good candid shots that way.

Of course with the wide maximum aperture it's great for indoor work, and is very sharp when you start to stop it down from its maximum aperture a little bit, and just a fantastic overall lens. If you have any questions about this or any other lens just give us a call.

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