My Favorite Long Lens for MFT Landscape Photography
Back in 2013 I switched from my Nikon to the, then new, Olympus EM-1 mirrorless camera. For my initial kit, lenses were acquired to a point where I didn’t feel like I’m missing out on having the right glass for the types of photography I do, which is landscape and travel. First I picked up all three of the weather sealed Pro lenses (7-14, 12-40, 40-150) giving me complete coverage of the 7-150mm focal range. Then, I started picking up primes and found my gem!
Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 Lens for Olympus
For getting gobs of detail in my landscapes, the Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 is what comes out of my bag and onto the tripod. The equivalent focal length of 150mm turns out perfect for getting in close for sweeping panoramas of three to seven or more images stitched together. When going wider than 7 frames or so, I’ll make a second row of images under or above the first one which results in a grid of six to fourteen images. There are lots of megapixels in these panos even though I’m not using a full frame camera. Many of my panoramic photos done this way are in a galley
The image quality of this, to my eyes, is easily the best of any of my lenses. With the wide f/1.8 aperture, the sweet spot for sharpness allows me to shoot around the f/4 mark instead of f/8 on my other lenses.
This is a fun formation in Arches National Park. Driving by it several times to other points of interest in the park, I knew I wanted to shoot it but either the light was bad, the sky was bald, or I was scurrying somewhere else. Finally, one late afternoon conditions were okay, not great, but pulled over anyway and hiked off the road a hundred yards to a slightly higher vantage point. An obvious pano, I made four exposures which were stitched together and processed in Lightroom with some radiance added using Luminar.