Olympus 25mm f/1.2 Pro Lens Review: A superb, pro-quality 50mm-eq. lens with a stunning f/1.2 aperture


posted Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:55 AM EDT


Olympus' highly-regarded Zuiko Pro line of lenses added a couple of new members back at Photokina this year, the ultra-bright 25mm f/1.2 Pro and versatile 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro. Today, we've just completed our full in-depth review on the former, and boy is it spectacular! Sporting a solid, weather-sealed construction and a completely redesigned optical formula compared to your typical 50mm equivalent lens, the new 25mm f/1.2 is super sharp, rugged and an excellent performer for low-light shooting and subject isolation.

Compared to the lightweight and rather affordable 25mm f/1.8 from Olympus, this new professional-grade model is a big step up not only in physical size but also in price. At comparable apertures, the 25mm f/1.2 isn't drastically better optically than the f/1.8 version, but 25mm f/1.2 Pro is clearly designed to be used wide-open, with excellent sharpness at f/1.2. Folks interested in this lens are paying for that super bright f/1.2 aperture capability, and they want the best performance at that enticing aperture. Thankfully, the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 delivers.


Other optical qualities are top-notch, autofocus is quick and the build quality feels excellent just like Olympus' other Zuiko Pro glass. For all the details, analysis and lab test results, as well as a handful of real world gallery photos shot with the Olympus PEN-F and brand new Olympus E-M1 Mark II, head over to our Olympus 25mm f/1.2 Pro Review.

Olympus E-M1 II: 25mm, f/1.2, 1/125s, ISO 2500
Olympus PEN-F: 25mm, f/2.2, 1/200s, ISO 200, -0.3EV
Olympus PEN-F: 25mm, f/1.6, 1/6400s, ISO 200, -1EV

Olympus 25mm f/1.2 Pro Review

Olympus E-M1 II: 25mm, f/1.6, 1/6400s, ISO 200, -1EV
Olympus PEN-F: 25mm, f/1.6, 1/6400s, ISO 200, -1EV