Reminder: This is not a technical review of this lens but rather my first hand experience of the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.2 PRO Lens. For an in depth review of this lens, please head over to my friend Robin Wong's page as he did a review on this lens.
I've heard so much about this lens that I have to confirm if it really is what they say. Having said that, I know this is just a few hours of use of the said lens but I hope at least get what I wanted to know and that is if this lens is for me. I currently own the M. Zuiko 45mm F1.8 and it is awesome. My only problem with it (this is not really a problem but it's more of a camera limitation), is that it's a bit tight for me. The 45mm focal length for a micro 4/3 sensor is equivalent to a 90mm lens of a full frame while this 25mm will be like a 50mm for a full frame dslr.
Looks like i have found the ideal focal point for my style of shooting. It's not too tight and it's not too wide. Just in the middle. This works well for my portraits and street shots. The bokeh rendering is much better at F1.2 but a slight movement of the subject or even me will throw my focus off that easily.
Ninety five percent of the time, I used F1.2 for these shots and I have not retouched most of them. Some my just have cropped or decreased the highlights to make it pleasing to the eye.
With the photo above of the two ladies talking, I didn't have to go near to them and snapped quickly. the soft rendering of the background is prominent even the background is not too far nor I am not too close to the subject.
Taking portrait photo of Mr. Robin Wong who invited us for this walk and so generous enough to lend me this 25 F1.2. At the same time, my friend Robert also borrowed from him the 12-100 F4 lens. Please check out his blog about the experience.
Robin has that bag that he is reviewing, the amazing photographer's bag so it might be of your interest, go ahead and check out his review about the Ming Thein X Frankie Falcon Photographer's All Day bag.
A photo walk is not complete without food. So we headed to an amazing place called Merchant's Lane right near Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur and it was amazing. Check out my blog about it here.
Again the way the lens rendered the bokeh and the colors were amazing straight from camera, the colors are already popping out. This is with a little help from the natural light that hit our table so wonderfully diffused.
This photo of the cat was taken on a bit darker area so I raised my ISO to 600. Still it's sharp and bokeh rendering exceptional. This is a great example of how you could easily make mistake when the subject moves and you are shooting wide open at F1.2. See how at the back part of the kitten's ears, are already blown out, that is few millimeters only from its eyes where I focused on. You just need to be very extra careful when shooting at F1.2.
I think I found the lens for me. But to be honest, this lens is not cheap but definitely this will be on top of my list of gears to buy. It is not available here in Malaysia yet so we are waiting on how much it would cost when it's ready for sale.
What are your thoughts? Is this worth buying?
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