Snaps: Food Photography with Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital

It’s no surprise that one of my favourite lens is the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital, a lens which I have gotten not long after the release of it. I have used the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens, which has the same focal length as the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital. The difference is that with the Panasonic lens, you can shoot at wider aperture of f/1.4, which most likely would be handy during low-light shooting.

However, I use the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 more often to shoot food photography than anything else. When I’m shooting food, I have a tendency to shoot at a aperture of f/2.8. Shooting wide open at f/1.8 would give me a nice creamy bokeh but at the expense of a shallow depth of field. I usually prefer to have more focus on my food, overall instead of just a tiny focus area. Hence, f/2.8 is the my favourite aperture to shoot at. But if the need arises that I would need to shoot wide open for that effect, I can very much do so.

ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/125 sec |

ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/640 sec |

ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/160 sec |

| ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/80 sec |

The Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital is for me, one of the best prime lens to use to shoot food because of the focal length which in 35mm equivalent format, is actually 50mm. According to scientists, our eye focal length is approximately similar to 50mm field of vision. Hence, with the lens having the similar focal length as our eye, it would pretty much mean that with what I capture is what I see through my eyes. I hope you get what I mean, but if you don’t, you can just assume I’m rambling along.

ISO 250, f/2.8, 1/60 sec |

Another reason why this lens is my go-to lens for food is the close minimum focusing distance of approximately 25cm. What this basically means is, with this lens, I can go up to 25cm to my subject to get in focus. If you compare the distance with a ruler, you’ll find that the distance would be similar to when you shoot your food subjects. Perfect!

 ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/80 sec |

ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/60 sec |

When I first drafted this post, I had expected to have more pictures of food to be posted along this post. But unfortunately, I had only wanted to post unpublished pictures here for this post. But most of the food photography pictures taken with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital have already been posted up in the respective food reviews post. To view those pictures, you can click on this link; which would show you all the food posts that I have done before. Most of the food pictures are taken with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital lens.

All in all, I hope this short post have shown you the key features on why I love the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital and also, with the pictures to show you why I love it too. I will continue capturing food pictures with the lens and I might update this post further when I do have additional pictures to showcase. 

Till next time,

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