So this arrived today in the post, packed up in so much packaging the postie must have thought I was having a barbecue delivered. It is a fantastic lens and looks the part on the E-M5:
In any event, I’ve been waiting for this one with bated breath. It seemed at the time of purchase like the perfect solution to non-intrusive street photography with the E-M5. Now I have it I can confirm it very much is.
On a M4/3s camera it equates to a 150mm equivalent on full frame/35mm film.
It’s a sharper lens than the 45mm F1.8 Olympus and pretty much has nothing wrong with its output. I note further that it has lots of contrast and produces lovely bokeh. For shooting people, what’s not to like! I’m not going to run this one through quasi-scientific tests. There are blogs and sites that will do that, but they won’t include this one.
In any event here is a gallery of sample images. This is from my roving around the Royal Exchange today. There was a free performance from a musician sponsored by the mayor’s office and a whole bunch of chuggers.
My verdict – a super lens. Dare I say it more worthwhile than the (more expensive) 12-35mm Panny, which is great but does suffer from CA to a greater extent.