Review: Samsung 45mm f1.8 2D/3D Lens

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Enter the storm trooper. A dear friend of mine aptly pointed out that the Samsung 45mm f1.8 on the NX300 reminds her of the soldiers with terrible aim. The 45mm f1.8 joins the NX ranks as a fast prime lens, and with the NX line’s crop factor, the 35mm-equivalent field of view is nearly 70mm. What distinguishes this lens from the rest is its capacity for 3D. Sadly, I don’t own any 3D-capable devices, so I was unable to test this feature effectively. Regardless, the 45mm f1.8 made for a swell companion on the streets of New York City.

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Three Essential Lenses for the Beginning Micro Four Thirds User

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Micro Four Thirds High ISO comparison (4 of 4)ISO 1251-30 sec at f - 5.6

The Micro Four Thirds system is all about great image quality in a small package. That was evident pretty much from the start, when Olympus introduced the legendary E-P1 camera with its minuscule 17mm f2.8 pancake kit lens. When buying a new Micro Four Thirds camera today, you’ll probably end up with one of the kit zooms from Olympus and Panasonic, ranging in focal length between 12mm and 50mm. While these may be a great entry into the system and provide some versatility and image quality, you will at some point want to upgrade to more specialized and higher-end glass. Here’s our list of three essential Micro Four Thirds lenses that provide great image quality and don’t break the bank.

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First Impressions: Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (4 of 11)ISO 16001-550 sec at f - 5.6

Samsung introduced their new NX300 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera today; and we were able to get some quick hands on time with it. The new camera (that replaces the NX 210) features a redesigned 20.3MP sensor, the ability to shoot 3D and 2D stills and video with the also announced 45mm f1.8 3D, includes a new DRIMe 4 engine, has both contrast and phase detect focusing, and lots more. To boot, you’ll also receive the camera bundled with Adobe Lightroom 4.

Here’s our overview:

Editor’s Note: New price on the lens and new product photos

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Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

The Micro Four Thirds system has the biggest choice of lenses of all mirrorless systems so far.

The holiday season is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about the right gear for your holiday pictures. If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, you’re in a lucky position, as we have seen a whole slew of new lenses for the system in this year — in addition to the great lenses we already had. So no matter whether you’re on the search for a lens to use yourself, or for one to give away to someone for Christmas — this guide will help you pick one (or two, or more) from the vastness of glass that is available for the system by now.

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Review: Olympus 45mm f1.8 MSC

As the other MSC prime lens in the Olympus line up of Micro Four Thirds glass, the 45mm f1.8 is one that will help many prime users complete their entire lineup of fast prime lenses…or at least it promises to. Though many reviews have tested the lens in shooting many various and random things, we’ve felt that many of the reviewers have neglected to test it for what it was designed for. As a fast aperture focal length that equates to 90mm, this lens was designed to shoot portraits.

And that’s exactly what we did on both the EPM1 and EP2. Yesterday, we shot fashion with the lens. And soon we will feature a full portrait session with the lens and a ring light.

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Using the Olympus 45mm f1.8 To Shoot Street Fashion

After hanging out on Tumblr, one starts to quickly see just how much the community and users really love street fashion. Indeed, since The Sartorialist took off, there have been many blogs that have tried to mimic Scott’s work. One thing that they also love is small cameras. When Olympus sent me the 45mm f1.8 to review, I started thinking about what I’d shoot with it. Everyone has shot some of the most random objects and things with it; but no one seems to have used it for exactly what it was designed for: portraits.

Until now: this is a post dedicated to my experience of using the Olympus 45mm f1.8 on my Olympus EP2 as a portrait lens and shooting photos of people with cameras that are dressed quite spiffy.

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