Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8

Last updated (29 August’10):
– Review by Lenstip

The Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 features 25mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 5 Elements in 4 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 47 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.2m and has a filter size of 43mm. The Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 lens weighs 95g and it measures 64mm in diameter and 23.5mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 and writes;
“While working on the E-3 body, the lens „hums” quite quietly so we are not exposed to any unpleasant autofocus sounds.. The frame center performance is very good. Even at maximum relative aperture the pictures are of good quality.”
rating: N/A

Photoreview reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 and writes;
“Vignetting (edge darkening) was negligible at all apertures and we found little evidence of flare in contre-jour shots, although contrast appeared to be accentuated in some backlit shots. We observed slight barrel distortion in our Imatest test shots, although it would have a negligible effect on normal photography.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs compares the Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 to Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm and writes;
“Here the Olympus 25m pancake delivers a good sharp result that’s packed with detail – impressive for an optic that’s physically so compact. Indeed there’s essentially no difference between it and the 12-60mm when you’re comparing the middle portions of each image, as seen in the second row of crops.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 User Reviews

Thee only lens you need! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens has become my tried and true standard lens for my e-420. It’s my work horse, and it does a fabulous job! I also love the size it eliminates when I carry my 420 around. “ – by Dante

A great package at a great price!, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Although this lens is nearly not as fast as the Leica, optically, its brilliant, especially when considering the size. This lens is the perfect walk around lens and is great on the E-xx0 cameras. I tried using it on the E-1, but it felt a little funny, but I almost never take it off my E-500. The lens does very well wide open an dis great for evening/night shots when you’re walking around. “ – by R. Sarma

PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! Itty-bitty living space! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Is it a phenomenal cosmic performer? Look at the size. It’s a pancake! So, no, it is not. I do find it quite sharp, though, and haven’t seen a lot of CA nor flare. I may not take a lot of shots that would induce those, though. I have noticed some distortion.” – by Stujoe

I like it, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is very small and almost weightless; a pleasure to use inside with flash or outside. Low light shooting situations where you are not allowed to or don’t want to use a flash are a challenge for any DSLR system. This is where all that experience you have pays off. In the right hands, this little lens will perform well in very little light. “ – by J. Keeling

Absolutely Fantastic. | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is “that much faster”. In a room at 9am with 2 big windows, F2.8 it shoots at 320. This is a feat the kit F4 would have to struggle with at 25. In the sun, 11am, f2.8 I found it to shoot at 3200-4000 until with good white brick reflections it was overexposed and I had to pull it down to f16 (at which point it still shot in the 200 range. The sharpness is suburb throughout.” – by Vichiousfishes

Great First Prime! | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the price, it’s a phenomenal way to get into prime shooting. I’m thinking more about the composition of my shots before I fire the shutter, and that in and of itself is already helping me shoot better. This isn’t the best prime lens on the planet, but you’d be very hard-pressed to find anything better for the price, and the size makes it a fantastic walk-around.” – by B. Wilcox

New found freedom away from zooms – a true walk-around lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“For those of you who own a Lumix L1, I can tell you this is the lens that should have been supplied with the camera as a kit lens — it changes the whole attitude and functionality of the camera, and finally, the L1 has a lens that matches its range-finder body style. This lens just encourages the joy of shooting by enabling you to concentrate on your subjects. “ – by Jimmy Ferrara

50mm Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you want to experience the old and fascinating art of to take pictures, without electronic zoom, and just going back and foward to put all the image in the viewfinder, this lens is for you. The sensation is amazing! I love this lens!!” – by Allan Hawkins V

Nice, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Good for general pictures, Very very good for close-range, Okay in low-light settings. I still find myself switching to the stock zoom lenses outdoors in good light. Sometimes you need to zoom in and out quickly and this obviously won’t work for that. What you see through the viewfinder is actual size, more or less.” – by M. Stop

transformative lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this lens primarily to have a prime that would force me to think about composition rather than relying on zoom. That’s still an ongoing project, but it has become very apparent to me that this lens can transform the way you handle an SLR: one handed operation becomes completely natural. This lens is so small and light that my E-620 becomes almost as easy to handle one handed as my point and shoot.” – by philosoph

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Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 Specifications

ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f2.8 is a thin, lightweight single-focus standard pancake-type lens. The lens has an overall length of 23.5 mm. When combined with E-410 or E-420, the total length including the camera body and lens is only 76.5 mm. The result is an easy-to-store, easy-to-carry camera system with go-anywhere portability.

With a focal distance equivalent to 50 mm on a 35 mm film camera lens, this standard pancake-type lens provides an image angle very close to that of the naked eye. The result is a near-natural visual field that makes this an ideal standard lens for daily use, whether for simple snapshots or for more sophisticated portrait and landscape shooting.

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