New 45mm Lens for Aerial Work

Olympus Pen M.Zuiko 45mm 1.8 Lens for Aerial Real Estate Photography

The Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens was specifically designed for micro four thirds (M43) cameras. This lens is particularly suited to the X5 and X5R cameras used on the DJI Inspire 1 drone or UAV. With it's 2x crop factor, the camera converts the 45mm signal into what is effectively a 90mm lens on M43 cameras.

Olympus 45mm Lens for Drone

The other day I was asked by a real estate company in Dorset if I could shoot a certain property from the air.

The CAA have certain restrictions in place regarding property and aerial photography.

The fact that the property was close to a main road and various residential properties, it became clear that I couldn’t shoot this with the lens I normally use (12mm wide angle).

I would need to get too close to these obstacles.

I needed a solution to help with this contract and any future jobs that may have a similar problem. Therefore, I have just had delivery of this lovely little lens for the DJI Inspire 1 with X5 camera (see above).

This is a very cool Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens shooting super clear and sharp images. When used on the DJI Inspire 1 drone with X5 camera it effectively becomes a 90mm telephoto lens. This gets me nearly 4x closer than the 12mm lens.

Challenging Limitations

It will also allow me to stay well beyond the 150m limit for aerial work with buildings not in my control at that distance. I can now simply “zoom in” to the property from a distance.

The Pen 45mm 1.8 will also allow me to film video in 4K from a distance. I can then “zoom in” further in post-production. This will allow me to get a really close view of otherwise unobtainable buildings and properties in Dorset and beyond.

I also have a job coming up where I need to photograph railway bridges. For this, we are working closely with Network Rail UK so I am looking forward to getting out and flying with this lens to test it out.

Would you or anyone you know like a property (residential or business) photographed or filmed from the sky? If so, please get in touch. Thanks for reading and have a nice day : )

About the author

Nick Stubbs is a professional photographer, filmmaker and drone pilot with over 35 years experience in the imaging business. Still as passionate about his work as he was aged 13. Married with two kids and living in the beautiful town of Weymouth in Dorset.

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