I wanted to write about the best prime lens I’ve even used. The Olympus 75 f1.8. You’ll read on photography forums how using micro 4/3 cameras are bad at isolating subjects as the depth of field is doubled due to the sensor size. Firstly depth of field and the out of focus rendering are two different things. Secondly, they have obvious never used micro 4/3 cameras. The worst decision ever made was calling the sensor “micro”.
To obtain the aforementioned isolation, use a telephoto lens and move in closer. Compared to its 35mm sensor counterparts, micro 4/3 cameras offer stabilisation (only recently do we now have the mirrorless offerings from Nikon and Canon). In case you were wondering, I’d put the Canon 135 f2 second on my list. The advantage of the Olympus is size and weight. It is tiny in comparison.
In Wymondham, Norfolk is a cemetery and in that cemetery is a stone statue of an angel. I’ve been photographing it for over ten years whilst testing different lenses.
The Olympus 75 will give you the same image isolation and out of focus rendering that a 35mm lens can. In many cases even better. Auto focus is fast and very accurate. If you have a micro 4/3 camera I can highly recommend buying this lens for your collection (just don’t get the ugly silver version).
All the images above were shot on the Olympus E-M5 MkII.
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