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Olympus 45mm Lens Test

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  1. Phil-RCGeeks

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    Just to give you the heads up...
    I've now received the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 which was recently added to the supported lens profile list on the X5 gimbal. If this proves it's self, this could be a game changer for aerial cinematography and photography/inspection work using DJI platforms.

    DJI Inspire 1 Pro - Olympus 45mm.jpg
    I'm curious as it's such a cheap lens which partially implies it may not be such good quality but as it's part of the Olympus M.Zuiko line, it could be a good bang for the buck.

    Providing we get a bit of good weather this weekend, I'll take it out for a spin and update you with my findings.

    I'll keep you posted and will write up a full article next week on our blog - www.rcgeeks.co.uk/blog
     
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    Phil it is ridiculously cheap for what it offers but the optics are superb, you`ll be impressed, I`ve used once since it was released a few years ago on m43 cameras and it constantly produces the good.
     
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    The Olympus 45mm MFT lens is one of their best and beautifully sharp when used with my OM-D E-M1 camera. Don't be fooled by the price. I have been testing it on my X5 with a 37mm Hoya UV filter and a third-party plastic lens hood. It balances well. I have managed some great still images and the narrow field of view is excellent. You do have to stand off some distance to fit some larger subject into the shot. With video the story is different. The narrow field of view makes getting a stable image is difficult in flight and achieving a smooth yawing and pitching using a single RC can be problematic. However, for inspection work it finally allow the I1 to be flown at a safe distance and still get superb images.
     
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    Couldn't agree more apsussex, best value lens i've tested on an aerial platform!
    Did some tests over the weekend and loved it!
     
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    Very interesting, do you have a published list of the lenses that work on the Inspire Pro that you have tested for us to see?
    I took it out for a spin over the weekend and loved it! I take your point about it being more challanging to cam-op with a tighter FOV but that's why you only use the best guys for the job ;)
    Here's a quick video i put together from our tests:
     
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    Good to hear you've had a good experience with it and managed to get it balanced ok - i had to improvise with a pound coin in the top of the lens to help balance it for the time being!
    I agree with your point about having to be a 2 man op but i also stand by that point for aerial filming full stop, whatever the lens. Allows for more dynamic with the bonus of maintaining a good level of safety.
    Being so tight opens up a whole new realm for aerial cinematography - check out some of these tracking and parallax shots we got over the weekend
     
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    Update:
    I took the 45mm for a spin over the weekend and in short, i was very impressed and it will definitely be joining our armory for commercial aerial filming.
    Here's a quick video showing what we got for those of you that are interested


    I will be doing a more detailed write up on our blog soon
    www.rcgeeks.co.uk/blog
     
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    Here are photos taken in Raw then converted to JPG. Photoshop was used to enhance photos.
     

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    Fantastic.

    I have liked your post but let me give you a big public thumbs up with sharing this information.

    Bravo
     
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    I second that, thanks Chnjab
     
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    Thanks for the kind words and thanks for sharing this info, very interesting.
    So the Panasonic Lumix G 8mm f/3.5 is the only on you have found to work so far that is not officially supported by DJI?
    When you say balancing rings.... I'm aware of the one that comes with the stock DJI 15mm lens, but are you able to get balancing rings of various sizes to cater for different lenses (with different filter thread sizes)? I've had a look online but no luck.
    And yes, a second your point about always using a UV filter, simply to protect your lens glass more than anything.
     
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    Thanking you!
     
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    To balance the lens I simply used a good quality UV filter which had a heavy metal frame. I took the gimbal with lens attached to a camera shop and it was a matter of trial and error using various filters and combination of filters with step up rings to a point where the lens was balanced.
     
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    Phil did you get any motor rumble issues with the 45 after its calibrated. When I do a spin of the gimbal I get a motor grinding noise when its facing backwards, but it doesn`t do it when calibrating.

    Just to add also the Samyang 7.5mm works flawlesly on the X5. Not that fisheye is going to be of use as we generally try to get away from that, but it works.
     
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    Couldn't agree more!
    And in reply to your previous post... B&H sound great and I've heard a lot of good about them... I just wish they have B&H in the UK!
     
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    Good to know about the Samyang 7.5mm on the X5. It may still have it's purpose as a fish eye every now and again.

    I was getting rumble when the gimbal was in certain positions but after I balanced it, that stopped the rumble and worked perfectly.
     
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    Just uploaded this quick clip if anyone is interested. A bit of jello we experienced in one of our first flights.
     
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    This is rad! Thanks for posting. Definitely going to pick one up now.
     
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    Hey there! I did a lens test of my own yesterday, and the 45mm INSTANTLY became my favorite. All footage in this video is non-stabilized in post, speed graded and at 24fps. So perfectly cinematic. My clients love it!