Anyone have PL45 and Canon 100L IS macro?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by DesertRose, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. DesertRose

    DesertRose Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Just curious how they compare. I have the 100L on my 7D and just picked up a used PL45 for my GH1. I'm hoping the PL will replace the 100L (and I can sell it). :smile:

    I love the 100L IQ, but don't use it nearly enough... And I never print my macro photos bigger than 8x10. I think my current gear is overkill and a smaller, lighter field kit will be more fun.
  2. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
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    I used to have both, but my Canon gear is long gone. I am a raving fan of the PL 45mm macro. It is a gem. I wish there were more of the Panasonic/Leica lenses of this quality.
  3. squidbrand

    squidbrand Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 22, 2010
    Hà Nội, Việt Nam
    I don't have either lens, but I've spent a lot of time with Canon's non-L 100mm macro, and a lot of its greatness comes from the incredible look of the defocused areas. No 45mm lens is going to do that, purely as a physical limitation, unless it has a much wider maximum aperture. That doesn't mean the P/L isn't a great lens; it just means there are some things the longer Canon can do that the 45 can't.
  4. DesertRose

    DesertRose Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    That makes sense... However, I mostly use my 100L for macro where the DOF is never enough (mostly f/11 on 7D). It still made nice bokeh, when the bug was near MFD. :smile: It will be interesting to see how the PL45 fares in that regard.
  5. sabesh

    sabesh Mu-43 Veteran

    I own both. The IS on the 100L is noticeably better, so is the quality of the defocused area ("Bokeh"). That being said, the quality and IQ of the 45PL is incredible for it's size. Just for giggles, I used my 45PL for a model shoot once:

    Model shoots

    Some more shots, including closeups. All handheld (ignore last three shots; Those were with a zoom):

    Ward island - 27 March 2010


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  6. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    well 4/3 format does not offer as much dof control as a larger aps-c or ff sensor.