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Breathtaking image quality with beautiful Feathered Bokeh

E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/400s • ISO 200

Unlike in painting, in photography you can only focus on one single point. The point in focus is what the photographer wants viewers to see the most. Then by defocusing the other areas, you can make the subject stand out. By doing this, you are communicating what you wanted to show, and what you wanted to express.
In general, it is more difficult to focus with bright lenses, but Olympus provides AF face and eye detection, making accurate focusing possible even at maximum aperture.

E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/60s • ISO 200

With the 25mm PRO lens, the plane in focus is very sharp, and then ever so gradually the bokeh gets deeper, to become a beautiful, smoothly transitioning bokeh. It is elegant because it is very smooth and even across the artwork.

I shot this portrait just using light coming through a window located to the left of what you see here. The subject in the background remains in form, without any duplicate lines. Although the background background is defocused, you can still recognize it as Mount Fuji.

E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/640s • ISO 200

This portrait was shot against the light. Although there is great natural contrast created by light and dark areas, subtle color gradations are well captured. The background bokeh is beautiful, giving great depth and making the subject stand out. AF face and eye detection enable precision focusing.

Purple flowers are difficult to photograph as they tend to turn out dark and get lost in the photo. With one area of the flower brightly lit, the shooting conditions were not favorable, but as you can see, the color transitions are fantastic. With a smooth, uniform bokeh, the background doesn't break down, bringing out the subject. The image quality is outstanding, with the Feathered Bokeh and a sharp picture.

E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:2.5 • 1/500s • ISO 200

The close–up shooting performance of this lens is astounding. The area in focus is extremely crisp, and how it gradually and gracefully defocuses into bokeh from there is so beautiful. There is a fairly large difference in brightness between the background and the subject, but as you see here, it is captured with a smooth transition from front to back.

E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/1000s • ISO 200

Normally, bright lenses with large front lens elements don't perform that well in close-up photography, but that is not the case with this lens. On the contrary, with such a shallow depth of field, the bokeh is enhanced, and the flowers in the rear blend with the entire background.

Providing elegant bokeh effects and smooth gradations of color, like paint added to water, the 25mm PRO lens is truly a high-performance lens for next-level photography.

Photographer profile:

Koichi Akagi, born in Tokyo in 1961, photographs a wide range of subjects and also specializes in portrait photos. He gives lessons on how to use cameras and reviews cameras and lenses in several camera magazines. Lecturing at universities and workshops, Koichi Akagi's knowledge of cameras spans from the classical 70s film cameras to the latest digital cameras of today.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    A really lovely background blur. Smooth and feather like. I really wished that the full frame fan boys could see this.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    I use both Sony a7R (II and III), but in this case the bokeh is really nice! I haven't5 tried this lens, but it is easy to see this lens, in this case, is as good as my Sony 50mm 1.7 lens that is a real good lens!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    I am a MFT and FF photographer. The photographs of the Japanese lady, the background blur, bokeh is ...  with FF it would be better. But for macro and landscapes I prefer Olympus MFT

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