I have used the 2014 version of Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 since it’s release. After reviewing the lens, I immediately nabbed one from the first batch of production, and have been a super happy user of the lens ever since. Knowing that a majority of my commercial work and my own personal shoots depend on that one singular lens, it makes perfect sense to upgrade it to a superior version, which I got for my own birthday last year. Why did I upgrade to the F1.2 Version? In summary, for the brighter opening of F1.2, giving me a full EV stop advantage of light gathering in dark environment in comparison to F1.8 version, weather-sealing (I do shoot in the rain during events) and the improved image quality overall: better contrast, a little sharper and better bokeh.
The 25mm F1.8 is so small and compact, it fits the use on smaller camera setup, and can still deliver incredibly sharp images. I highly recommend the F1.8 version for newcomers to Micro Four Thirds, and those who are not shooting in a professional capacity (no need for weather-sealing, or the F1.2 extra brightness). F1.8 is plenty bright for most situations.
So what are your own experience using either or both of the Olympus 25mm lenses? Please share your thoughts!
Interesting side note: Olympus Visionary from Finland, Peter Forsgård and Lumix Ambassador, Matti Sulanto (also from Finland), both posted YouTube videos about Micro Four Thirds 25mm lenses this week. Check out Peter’s video here and Matti’s video here. This happened out of pure coincidence, we did not coordinate this beforehand, I swear.