I'm looking at picking up a new prime portrait lens to augment the kit lenses that came with my Olympus OM-D M-10.
My brother has a Canon with a 50mm f/1.8 lens that takes beautiful photos and costs only AU$60 - ideally I'd like to find something similar. (http://cameraparadise.com/Buy-Canon-EF-50mm-f-1.8-II-Lenses-412.html)
The closest I can find is an Olympus 45mm f/1.8, which can be had for just under AU$300 - 5 times more expensive. (http://cameraparadise.com/Olympus-M.-Zuiko-Digital-ED-45mm-f1.8-1068.html)
A bit of a search seems to show a wide variety of surprisingly cheap Canon lenses available, with most m4/3 lenses cost several times more.
Is this simply a case of Canon producing some very low quality lenses for the bottom end of the market? Is the Olympus substantially better, or am I simply paying for the brand?
As a casual amateur photographer I'm not overly concerned about high end lenses - if I'm more interested in keeping my prices low, am I better off returning the Olympus and picking up a Canon instead?