Olympus 75mm f/1.8 for MFT has Shallow DOF and Pleasant Bokeh

For human beings: This lens can be used to take photos where only a very small part of the image area is sharp. The out-of-focus areas look pleasant and not restless or strange.

Its focal length and depth-of-field are similar to 150mm f/3.6-f/4 on a full-frame DSLR camera. That is enough for many uses. I had to use pretty high ISOs despite f/1.8 with my Panasonic GX1 camera. The 75mm should be much more useful with Olympus cameras that have  in body image stabilization.

There is nothing wrong with Panasonic GX1 + Olympus 75 f/1.8 but Canon 5D mark III + EF 135 f/2 is a much better combination when size and price are not significant. Especially with moving subjects.

4 thoughts on “Olympus 75mm f/1.8 for MFT has Shallow DOF and Pleasant Bokeh

  1. I guess the biggest challenge on m43 cameras is that they more or less force you to use primes. When you consider that 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom costs 1.2k euros and its depth of field is comparable to 24-70mm f/5.6 lens, it starts to look like a real luxury item.
    At the sametime weight on 5D Mk* is so heavy (on hiking trips, etc.) and Canon camera bodies prices are so high, that there is big temptation to make jump from Canon to Olympus OM-D (since I don’t want to invest on more than one camera system).

  2. When you say Canon is better for moving subjects, I assume that is because of the autofocus performance and possibly the viewfinder also. But how about the same lens on E-M5, it would be faster to focus and track, wouldn’t it? How much by would that combination lose to 5D MkIII in, say, at focus tracking a walking person?

  3. I certainly hope that Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic GH3 have better continuous focus. GX1 can lose focus even if the subject isn’t moving. You also need to press more buttons more slowly than with 5D3 to achieve certain things.

    I can carry the GX1 with several lenses in the pockets of my coat while Canon 5D3 must be carried in a bag. Huge difference. Carrying a few extra m43 primes is not a problem but shooting with a zoom lens has its advantages.

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