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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25 mm f/1.8

30 April 2014
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary


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Pros:
  • small, very handy and, at the same time, very solid casing,
  • very good image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • good correction of lateral chromatic aberration,
  • negligible spherical aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • silent, efficient and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • noticeable vignetting,
  • significant level of astigmatism up to f/4.0 aperture included.

I like the idea of small fixed-focus lenses with f/1.8-2.0 apertures very much. Olympus tries to be consistent and efficient in making it happen. Despite the slight slip-up with the 1.8/17 model the rest of their line-up definitely encourages you to enter that system. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25 mm f/1.8 complements their offer nicely, being a very interesting alternative to both the Panasonic 1.7/20 and the more expensive Leica 1.4/25.