The Outstanding Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO Lens for Portraits

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.

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Olympus E-M1 Mark II with 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/80th with LED lighting. Photo by Derrick Story. Model: Aisha Simon.

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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You can see more of Aisha Simon by visiting her Instagram Page. Photo by Derrick Story.

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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