Early Christmas Gift: Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Lens


I caught the street photography bug and I can’t shake it off! This summer, I bought myself a micro 4/3 camera for the purpose of improving my photos on this blog. At first I thought I would only take pictures for lifestyle posts and those clichΓ© travel posts but little did I know that I would fall in love with street photography. As an early Christmas present from Jess (and myself), I got an Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens as my very first prime lens! I was so excited!

There’s just something to fixed focal lengths. It forces you to think, to calculate, to get closer or farther from the subject. Zoom lenses have their place in photography but prime lenses forces you to be so much more involved!

The Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Prime Lens

To a 35mm camera, the “Oly 25mm” is equivalent to a 50mm focal length. It’s what they call a “nifty fifty.” You can’t go wrong with it and I think it’s a must have for every photographer.

Some shots with the Oly 25mm Day 1

These are also taken by my handy dandy Olympus E-M10. I’ve only had one full day with the Olympus 25mm and here are some shots I took with it. I have to say, I don’t really miss my kit lens right now.

A photo of a man driving

Ron Mariano. Long Beach, 2016

A photo of someone making dessert

Ron Mariano. Anaheim Packing House, 2016

A photo of men at a bar Olympus 25mm

Ron Mariano. Anaheim Packing District, 2016

A photo of a man with a bicycle

Ron Mariano. CSULB, 2016

Olympus 25mm photo from PinterestThe Olympus 25mm f/1.8 is really good under low-light conditions, getting bokeh, and taking street photography. I haven’t really tried it on any products yet but that’s for another blog post. I can’t wait to actually go out and take pictures with this. I’ve only taken indoor shots so far and a couple of test outdoor shots. All I could say right now is: so far, so good.

For future photography on this blog, this will be the lens that we’ll use the most. But of course, I still have the kit lens (14mm-42mm) and will still use the 14-17mm focal length for those wide angle street shots.

If you’re looking to get your first Micro 4/3 prime lens, I highly recommend this Olympus 25mm prime lens. It also makes a great gift. You won’t regret it!Β Get this great prime lens on Amazon now!

Do you own a DSLR or a Micro 4/3 camera? Which focal length do you prefer? What’s your go to prime lens? Leave a comment below!

  • Kait


    Wow! Very cool gift! I was dying for a camera for Christmas this year, but instead I’m just getting my husband to teach me to use his! I think it will add so much to my blogging πŸ™‚

  • Kelly


    I love prime lenses, they do make you think more about your photography. I have a DSLR with a 50 mm f1.8 lens that’s stolen my heart and recently got a smaller camera with a kit lens, and I cannot wait to expand my lens collection for that!

    These pictures look really good, can’t wait to see more of your street photography.

    Kelly Knows It | A life

    • Ron

      Thanks Kelly! The 25mm on a micro 4/3 is equivalent to a 50mm on a full frame DSLR. This focal length is pretty nice!

  • Saranda


    The lens sounds really good! Unfortunately I don’t have a compatible camera. I have a Canon DSLR so I might need to look into a similar lens πŸ™‚

    • Ron

      Hi Saranda, this lens is equivalent to a 50mm lens on a full frame DSLR. So maybe check out a 50mm prime lens for your Canon πŸ™‚

  • Denise


    Really good shots with that lens, I have the 14-42mm at the moment & love it I feel that my photos have improved so much since buying my Olympus Pen. I have asked Santa for the 45mm lenses but now I’m thinking perhaps I should have asked for the 25mm, decisions decisions!

    The Life of Dee

    • Ron

      Hi Denise. I love the 14-42mm and I was also deciding between the 17mm, the 25mm, and the 45mm. But for versatility I think the 17mm is the way to go but it’s a bit more expensive. 25mm can do a lot too so that’s what I ended up with. I don’t regret it and I don’t think you will either!

  • The Wandereuse


    I use an Olympus EPL7 I bought last year, but every day I regret buying a 3/4 instead of a DSLR. Hoping to get somewhere so I can justify buying myself a new camera some time soon!! I am a sucker for Canon but I have heard good things about Sony and Olympus… we’ll see.

    Those pictures look very nice!!


    • Ron

      If you do a lot of lifestyle and travel photography, DSLRs are always great for that. One of the reasons why I bought a Micro 4/3 camera is because of portability and “unobtrusiveness” when shooting street photography. I think people would be more apprehensive if I used a DSLR in the streets. Canon cameras are amazing! I hope you find a good one soon πŸ™‚

  • Heather


    Oh my gosh Ron you beat me to the punch, this same lens is on my Christmas wishlist too and I’ve been DYING to try it out, especially for portraiture and nature shots. I bet the bokeh will look so beautiful and the blurred background will just look spectacular. I’m currently super envious but nbd.

    • Ron

      It’s pretty great, heather! You could probably look for a camera store in your area and maybe you could test it by renting it out. Bokeh is pretty good and it’s great with both portraits and street photography. If I did a lot of portraits, then maybe I’d choose the 45mm. I hope you get to use the 25mm soon!

  • Kintan


    Great Christmas present. I love Olympus camera too and I have this series Olympus E-M 10 but not the lense. The camera is really great and capture amazing pictures.
    Have fun with your a new lense. πŸ™‚

    • Ron

      Thanks, Kintan! If you get to try the Olympus 25mm f/1.8, don’t let go of it! It’s pretty good!

  • Katja


    I used to have a Sony Alpha 300 an age ago and I loved it. Unfortunately the flash broke and it would have cost more to fix it than the camera was worth. Saddest day of my life… well, not really but it was very sad anyway. I’m still on the lookout for a camera I would love as much.
    Katja xxx

    • Ron

      Hi Katja! I’m so sorry to hear about your camera. There are a lot of affordable mirrorless cameras out there now. Technology has been improving too. I hope you find something you really like πŸ™‚

  • Jasmin N


    That lens looks & sounds wonderful! & You’ve got some great shots too πŸ™‚
    I should definitely save for a new lens πŸ˜€ It opens up so many new great photography opportunities πŸ™‚

    ~ Jasmin N

    • Ron

      The Olympus 25mm really is a great lens. It’s versatile enough. Pretty good with street photography and even portraits. I would go for the 17mm for street and travel photography but it can get a little expensive.

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