The Story Photography studio space is compact, but that doesn't mean that I don't want big results. And more often than not these days, I'm depending on the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens to deliver the goods.
It's super fast aperture allows me to shoot with LED lighting in a softbox with a very reasonable ISO 400 for the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. Images are crisp at f/1.2 and f/1.4 - I rarely stop down more than that. And the focusing is swift and accurate.
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In addition to its technical prowess, however, I really like the natural perspective I can achieve with this lens, even in relatively tight quarters. The images have a feeling of "being there" that I find so appealing.
In terms of specs, this optic has just about everything a micro four thirds photographer would want in the studio.
- 50mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
- Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- One Aspherical Element, Four HR Elements
- Z Coating Nano
- MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
- Internal Focusing, MF Clutch
- Weather-Resistant Construction
- Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
- 14.46 oz / 410 g
Pro specs at a pro price. Currently the lens sells for $1,100. But I can't image portrait work without it.
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