Olympus 25mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

Olympus 25mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

Product Description
The world’s smallest DSLR deserves a similarly compact lens, and Olympus has it: the ultra compact Zuiko 25mm f2.8 digital specific lens. This 0.9 inch-thick lens offers a fixed 50mm equivalent angle of view. Together with the E-420, the Zuiko 25mm f2.8 lens will offer the ultimate combination of ease of use and portability.

  • 25mm f/2.8 pancake lens
  • 0.9 inches thick
  • 50mm equivalent angle of view
  • Ultra-compact design
  • Compatible with the Olympus E420 digital SLR

3 thoughts on “Olympus 25mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

  • May 4, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great First Prime!, September 1, 2009

    By Ben (Ohio) –

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    The only two lenses I owned before this were the 14-42 f/3.5-5.6 kit and the 40-150 f/3.5-4.5 (which is a real diamond in the rough), and I mainly stuck to sports shooting. I got a bonus from work and a couple friends had been pressuring me pretty hard to finally get a prime lens. For under $250, I had to wonder just how good this little guy really could be.

    Short answer: Very good.

    Long answer: Nobody is kidding when they talk about how small this is. Even with both caps on it’s no bigger than a hockey puck. Attached to my E-410, it will fit in a jacket problem and even some pants pockets! I didn’t pay a lot of attention to aperture since sports shooting centers more on shutter speed, and wondered what the difference was between shooting f/3.5 and f/2.8 and it is a striking difference. Some have mentioned issues with chromatic aberration but I haven’t noticed that problem. The AF is quick and doesn’t make a ton of noise, although it can hunt a little in lower light, but not so much that I’ve really noticed. Keep in mind that Olympus bodies have a 2x crop factor so this is a 50mm equivalent.

    Yes the metal (nice touch!) lens cap screws on, but it’s pretty easy to get used to and if you have to deal with that in order to get this small of a lens, I’m happy with that trade. The cap is VERY thin though (like a coin), so make sure you keep it in a pocket. Fits perfectly in that small pocket of your jeans!

    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.

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  • May 4, 2018 at 12:56 am
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! Itty-bitty living space!, May 20, 2009

    By Ztu (Illinois, USA) –

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    I bought this lens a few weeks ago and it is a fun little lens. It makes sense if you want a really small lens for the smaller Oly bodies. I use it on my 620. The lens really is itty bitty.

    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.

    The point of a lens like this, though, is ‘small as possible’ and being a ‘normal’ lens, it has a lot of uses. And, it is fairly close focusing too. Decently fast and not very expensive. And small. And lite. And did I mention small?

    If you want to turn your small Oly into something even smaller and with a useful, albeit fixed, focal length, this is a good lens. But don’t expect Super High Grade lens performance when you are not paying Super High Grade lens price or feeling Super High Grade lens size and weight.

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  • May 4, 2018 at 1:12 am
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t pass up this fabulous lens!, December 3, 2011

    By Tom

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    This is one of those lenses that you will treasure. From the first time I shot with it mounted on my E-620, it was a joy because of how light and balanced it makes the camera, how rapidly the camera focuses (as compared to the very nice kit zoom lenses), and how bright the image appears in the viewfinder (again compared to the high quality kit zooms). This lens weighs so little that you can walk around all day with the camera around your neck and not get tired and not bump your protruding zoom lens into things. This lens is sharper than the kit zoom of comparable focal length, but that is the least important reason to buy it. The most important reason is that you will use your camera more frequently and enjoy the responsiveness of the camera while doing so.

    If you’ve never had a “prime” lens because of the recent proliferation of zooms, you will find that your brain is engaged in creating photographs in a different manner when the zoom aspect of composition is eliminated. Not better, not worse–just different. It’s one more way to expand your creativity and joy in photography.

    Some reviewers have complained about the included lens cap. I find the lens cap easy to use and very convenient. It is small enough that you can easily and quickly stow it in your pants pocket while shooting. The lens cap screws on and off quickly. On this lens there is no need for a protective filter on the front. Why bother with a $50 clear filter on a lens which only costs in the neighborhood of $200? Why put a cheapo $10 filter on a fine optical instrument? Just go without a front filter and use the included metal lens cap. The front glass element is sufficiently recessed from the front of the lens that you would have to be very careless to ding the glass anyway.

    When I went shopping for this lens, I compared other more expensive lenses. I was looking for a fast prime lens that I would like as much as my f1.4 50mm Pentax I had in the eighties. Even though this lens is not as fast as some others, I decided to give it a try because its compact size and good reviews for sharpness on various photography web sites. I was not disappointed, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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