Oprema Optik announced earlier on that they’re planning on bringing back the legendary 75mm f1.8 Jena Biotar lens; but now they’ve got news of adding the 58mm f2 Biotar to the lineup. In an update, the company is announcing pre-production 58mm f2 Biotar lenses that will be added as a bundle option. The 58mm is also quite legendary and some versions had 13 aperture blades while others even had 17. This focal length has also been coming back into style in the past few years as many not-quite-50mm lenses are seeing a rise due to being better for portraiture but still not as long as an 85mm lens.
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.
2012 has been quite a year for Olympus, beginning with the release of their incredibly exciting and postively reviewed OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds body to complement their steadily growing selection of high-end lenses for this system. The 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses from Olympus were very well received, and have become standards for anyone looking for high end prime lenses for this format. But earlier this year, Olympus added 2 more lenses to this lineup: the 60mm f2.8 macro, and this lens, the 75mm f1.8. I spent some time with this lens, and took a trip out to the Santa Monica pier to see how well it fit in with Olympus’ premium lens lineup.