Olympus 45mm f1.8: A Blogger’s View

Olympus 45mm Lens Review | Essential Twenty

When I started blogging, I used my phone. Now the iPhone 6 works just fine, but I wanted to get my hands on a camera. If you ask bloggers what they use to take their photos it’s usually their phone, a fancy DSLR that I just don’t have the funds for, or one of the PEN cameras from Olympus. I have the Olympus PEN E-PL7 and I’ve finally picked up the coveted Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens. The lens that every blogger seems lust over is part of my blogging kit and I can finally talk about it!

I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about photography. I’ve only recently learnt how to use the manual mode on my camera so I’m definitely not an expert. But I can talk about how much I love this lens.

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Some of the photos in this post have previously been used in my summer’s day post but they show what this camera can do so beautifully that I had to share them again! The real appeal of this lens is the capabilities it has to blur the background, what I now know is called bokeh. This is the effect that a lot of bloggers, particularly fashion bloggers, are after in their lenses. I’ve even managed to get a couple of shots of people to illustrate this.

Olympus 45mm Lens Review | Essential Twenty

Olympus 45mm Lens Review | Essential Twenty

You only have to look at the photos on my blog compared to the photos around the month ago just to see the difference a new lens makes. I almost can’t believe I’ve been using the kit lens for over a year; I wish I’d have bought this one sooner! Olympus, you’ve done good with this one.

I’ve very much got my eye on the 35mm lens next, but I need to save some money first. What lenses have you got your eye on? Or are you all about a new camera completely? Let me know, as this year is the year I’m determined to learn a little more about photography!

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