I have earned my living as a portrait photographer for many years. And I've used Canons with L-lenses for that. (5DMkII in recent years).
I jumped into m4/3 a couple of years ago... just for the fun of it... as a personal camera system. Over the last two years my GF1 and 20 and 14-45 were joined by a lot more lenses (native and legacy) and GH2, G3, GF3, and E-PL3 bodies. Since my first day with the GF1, I have yearned for a native (auto focus) portrait lens for m4/3. With the announcement of the 45/1.8, I was very excited.
This week, while I was in the middle of a portrait session, the big brown truck brought my long awaited 45/1.8 from B&H. I couldn't resist the urge to grab a couple of shots with my recently acquired E-PL3 and the freshly minted 45/1.8 during my portrait session.
I quickly found that with the 45/1.8, the m4/3 system truly reached new heights of capability. While this won't replace my 5DMkII and 70-200 f/2.8 L lens for portrait work, it will certainly make for some wonderful personal portraits. Awesome lens!!!
In my haste to press the E-PL3 and 45/1.8 into use for a few images, I failed to notice that my ISO was at 800. That mishap considered, I still think the E-PL3 and 45/1.8 did a surprisingly nice job.
E-PL3 IS0 800, 45/1.8 lens @ f/4
E-PL3 IS0 800, 45/1.8 lens @ f/1.8