harry015's reviews

  • Olympus 45mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    small, light, fast, inexpensive, well made little to no distortion, very quiet focusing perfect for portraits
    looks like metal, but actually plastic with silver finish.

    The last review of this lens was less than stellar, and I'd like to bring things up to date. I purchased the lens in like new condition, in original box. No lens hood was included, but I purchased a knock off for a very reasonable price, with no fall off on corners. The 2x factor makes this a 90mm portrait lens, with the fast f1.8 aperture, and small depth of field wide open. Distortion is almost nonexistent, and color rendition is bright and true. Focusing is fast, and very quiet. The lens works equally well for both stills and video.
    Although it looks like a metal lens, it is mostly plastic, with a silver finish. The mount is metal, however. The lens is very light and small, easily carried in a pocket when not in use. I always carry this one in my field bag, and use it frequently. There are used examples available, at very advantageous prices.

    A great addition to anyone's arsenal, and a fine performer.

    reviewed January 24th, 2017 (purchased for $200)
  • Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    very well made, weather sealed useful range 22-44mm f2.8 at 22mm excellent AF adapters available for M43 color rendition excellent, distortion very slight
    very heavy requires adapter to convert 43 to M43

    This lens hasn't been reviewed in some time, so I'm bringing things up to date. I purchased the lens in essentially new condition, but no box. Originally one of the better lenses in the Four Thirds system, this lens dates back to a late 2002 release. It now is one of the best all around lenses for use on the M43 dslr types, like my E-M1 or E-M5. Relatively inexpensive adapters are available with electronic AF, that still focus with reasonable speed. The lens can also be used in manual mode, with a smooth focusing ring with distance scale. No hood was supplied, but an alternative was found, that was inexpensive and worked well.

    In my hands, the lens balances well on the E-M1, with the accessory battery holder. It is a bit heavy, but light when compared with a full size DSLR with a comparable lens. With the 2x factor, the lens performs as a 22 to 44mm 35mm comparable lens. That gives a wide range from wide angle to normal, anf is always in my bag.

    I've been pleased with the purchase, and, if the weight is not a problem, can recommend it highly.

    reviewed January 25th, 2017 (purchased for $205)