My Expression | M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8

The M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8
( image credit to ahmadjaa)

Recently I had my grab on the newly launched Olympus lens for Micro 4/3 system, the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8. Pairing it up with the O-MD E-M5 and it does looks stunning. The color of the lens really suits the O-MD E-M5 silver body. Not too sure with a black body though but nevertheless, a very solid built lens.

The reviews on this lens were quite impressive in terms of built quality, auto focus, sharpness, colors, bokeh, chromatic aberration and etc. But again, I trusted my self better and I insisted that I must feel and experience this lens before making any comment. Not that I am technically expert but as a user I would not simply believe everything good written about any lens.

To begin, this is the first photo I shot using the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 paired with O-MD E-M5. This shot took place at a Mamak Stall with strong back light and I set the aperture wide open at f/1.8. As expected, the strong highlight is appearing on the right side of this photo but what I’m impressed is the amount of sharpness and details produced from this lens at f/1.8.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

Then, I switched the picture mode to Monotone | Green filter and took a few shots. Again, I was impressed with the B&W tone produced and with the aperture wide open the sharpness from this lens was remarkable from corner to corner.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/250s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.0 | ISO 400 | 1/200s | SuzailanJai

Some street photos taken along Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO1250 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2000 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter
f/1.8 | ISO1000 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO1600 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

“Olympus describes the M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 as a ‘high grade portrait lens”. The f/1.8 maximum aperture provides decent control over depth of field, offering the ability to blur-away distracting backgrounds and focus attention on your subject. Apart from portrait, Olympus suggests it will also be useful for stage, studio and indoor sports work” – dpreview.com, May 2012 | By Richard Butler and Andy Westlake. I do agree with the portrait, however at the moment I don’t have the opportunity to test the lens for stage, studio or indoor sports work . So, I decided to shoot “Night Street Photography” to test out the capability of this lens.

One night, me and my Zuikoholics friends Andy Jamil and Ahmadjaa tagging along, we went out for a Night Street Photography walk. The unique and colorful lighting here and the wide walkaways seems to be the best place to test the capability of the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8.

I used matrix metering, set the White Balance and ISO to “Auto”, Noise filter to “low” and Noise Reduction and Warm Color to “off”. The reason why I set most of the the settings to Auto is because I believed the combination of  O-MD E-M5 and the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 will be able to deliver great result. So I will have more time searching for the subjects and moments rather than thinking the right setting to be used.

All color photos were shot in JPEG format. For B&W photos I shot in RAW format then converted to monotone using the “in camera” RAW processing with Green filter applied.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter | Low key gradation
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/200s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter | Low key gradation
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter | Low key gradation
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/180s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/10 | ISO200 | 1/1.6s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO640 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/200s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/200s | SuzailanJai

My favorite shots that night were the street performers along Jalan Bukit Bintang, busking and entertaining the people around with their spontaneous acts. It caught my attention and the lighting condition gave some depth to shots.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
Monotone | Green filter | Low key gradation
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO1600 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO2500 | 1/200s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD75mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO1600 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

Fantastic! That’s how I can describe about this lens. The lens was very well built, solid and produces great image quality. Sharpness and focusing wise, looks like it would not have much problem in low light situations. With the great improvement in the O-MD E-M5 high ISO capability and focusing speed, this lens paired up positively.

For those who love street photography, I opine the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 is another must have lens in your wish list. I hope my photos will tell “My Expression” about this lens from street point of view.

Do check out for more upcoming My Expression and in-depth technical review from Zuikoholics on the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 from a different perspective. For me it is not just about the lens’ capability that matters, it is also how much it can bring out the photographer in you. I found that in this one.

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5 comments

  1. Lee Fong Fook

    Love those photos you have taken. It shows that Olympus Zuiko lens are as good as others,

  2. Kyndel

    Got this lens for my E-M5, and the sharpness is simply stunning -few lenses, – whatever, can match this sharpness and I have shot with many. The bokeh is also very fine.

    Well worth the money – I would say buy the expensive hood,, it can – as many others – loose contrast in high contrast scenes = not the worst, but it is there

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