First 3 portrait prime lenses to buy for your Olympus camera

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I wanted to write a post that helped people figure out what lenses to buy when they get their new Olympus Camera. Note I am a wedding and portrait photographer and not a landscape photographer. I purchased quite a few lenses when I made the switch and after a few months, these are my favorites.

I want to start with saying these are not inexpensive lenses. They range from $500 to $1200 but the quality of these lenses is impeccable. The build quality is the same, if not better than the premium glass (Canon L, Zeiss, GMaster) that I have shot with in the past.

Note, I paid for all of these lenses and gear. Nothing was given to me. I spent my own hard earned money on this glass"

During the wedding day, these 3 lenses are on my cameras all day long. The only time I use a zoom lens is during the ceremony when I need to get really close.

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 : This lens is by far my favorite lens in my bag. The 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent) is a great all purpose lens. 17mm is wide enough to include the entire scene but as you move in closer you get a great portrait focal length with wonderful bokeh. A few things to note is this lens is NOT weather sealed like the PRO line of lenses from Olympus.

You can see my adventure with the 17mm in all black and white here: 




Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO : The 25mm (50mm equivalent) Usually this lens is my go to lens for any couples photos or if I want to get that awesome 1.2 look. The focal length of this lens is great for wedding photographers and portrait photographers alike. One thing I really love is the weight of this lens. The issue I have with other lenses like the 45mm is that it feels cheap. This lens, on the other hand, has a great ergonomic feel and has a very balanced feel to it.


Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 : The 75mm (150mm equivalent) M.ZUIKO lens is what they call the "Magic" lens. I have to agree that magical things happen with this lens especially when used for portraits. You can see in the images below the lens performs well in all light conditions and it is tack sharp. The compression on this lens is incredible at the 150mm equivalent. Although the lens is a bit pricey, the images, in my opinion, are definitely worth it.

Here is a kit with all 3 of the lenses I mention in the article. 


Is there a certain piece of gear you are looking to pickup? Is there something you would like me to review? Please shoot me an email, tj at



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