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Although there are lenses that are more suited to certain subjects, often it does come down to personal preference. For example, though wide-angle lenses aren’t normally recommended for portraits some photographers like to shoot wide angle to capture more of the background. Its always worth playing around and experimenting and finding styles and settings that you like. But for general guidance here are some types of subjects and the lenses that you can use to capture them, with example shots.

1. Portrait

If you want to perfect your portraits then as mentioned before, lenses that have proportions similar to the human eye are best for shooting portraits like the M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8. Wider angle lenses tend to cause distortion and can often make noses and foreheads for example look much larger. There are several lenses from the Olympus M.Zuiko range that will capture stunning portraits and with their F1.8 aperture will allow you to play with depth of field and create amazing blur and bokeh.
The M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 lens can shoot beautifully balanced portraits with some stunning blur plus its great in low light. The M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 lens not only shoots great portraits with plenty of blur thanks to it 1.8 aperture, but is also affordably priced so it’s a perfect first addition to your kit if you want to start experimenting with aperture and depth of field. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 lens has amazing shallow depth of field and can create incredibly crisp and high-quality portrait shots also. Its narrower angle of view does mean you will have to stand even further back than the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm so it is not always suitable for indoor spaces. And proof that lenses often have a wider use, despite the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 lens being targeted as a macro lens it can create really pretty portrait images also and with some background blur too.

2. Landscape and Scenery

Want to capture that amazing view? As a rule, lenses with a wider angle are best for scenery shots, this allows you to get the whole scene in and keeping the aperture just that bit narrower (higher F-stop) helps keep the whole scene in focus. However, for scenes with elements in the foreground do play around with your aperture to create some interesting focus points and depth of field.
Both the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 and the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8 lenses are great for shooting scenery as they are wide angle and also both great in low level light if you want to capture that night time scene or sunset.

3. Travel and Interiors

If your thing is snapping away on holiday and capturing that dreamy hotel room you just checked in to, then you want a lens that can capture the room perfectly. Both the 17mm F1.8 and the 12mm F2.0 lens wider angle will allow you to get the whole room or restaurant in as well as being great for out and about in the city too and snapping all that historic architecture. Plus, with the 17mm 1.8 aperture you can capture some pretty travel detail shots with lovely blur and depth of field. That being said the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake Kit Lens is also a handy lens to take off on holiday with you and can capture really beautiful travel photos with it too.

4. Street style or fashion photography

If your thing is outfit photos or fashion photography then there are several lenses that will help you up your photo game. First up the 45mm F1.8 lens or the 25mm F1.8 lenses will capture stunning full-length shots with gorgeous depth of field and blur. A blogger favourite the 17mm F1.8 lens is also great for fashion shots and does allow for capturing more of the scene in whilst still also creating blurred backgrounds. Avoid too much distortion by shooting from a little lower. For truly editorial blur try the 75mm 1.8 lens for incredible sharpness and depth of field.

5. Detail or product shots

If you love to snap those finer details or product photography is your thing then these are the lenses for you. Both the 45mm F1.8 lens or the 25mm F1.8 lens will capture items with sharpness and clarity whilst creating a lovely soft-focus background. I find narrowing my aperture (higher F-stop) just a little ensures that all the product and label etc is in focus and crisp.
For truly close up detail shots then try the 30mm F3.5 Macro lens which allows you to get so close up to an item you’ll be amazed at what you can capture.

6. Nature shots

Want to snap away on safari or just a picture of your pooch? Ideally you want a Zoom lens in order to get up close to the subject without disturbing them, however, there are a few other lenses that can capture nature in all its glory. The 14-42mm Kit Lens is not a bad lens for taking out with you. It has the ability to zoom to get in nice and close but also can shoot wider for general nature shots. For real close up action how about the 30mm F3:5 macro lens. This is such an amazing lens for capturing the most incredible detail with a working distance of 14mm its such fun to play around with.
Once again proof that lens can be used for more than they are intended for, the 75mm F1.8 lens can capture incredible detail without having to get close up thanks to its extreme magnification and with the most amazing blur too.

Some other things to note

• Always experiment with aperture, along with using a lens with a different focal length, adjusting your aperture can affect your photo enormously.
• Note that some lenses for example the 17mm F1.8 and the 12mm F2.0 have a manual focus ring which can be used for greater control over the lens focus.
• Some M.Zuiko Lenses only come in the black body colour eg the 30mm F3.5

We hope that’s given you some ideas and info about how the Olympus M.Zuiko lenses can improve and enhance your photography.
Check out the entire range of compatible Olympus lens here .

Author & Photographer: Debs Stubbington

All images shot with the following equipment