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Debating getting the Oly 45/1.8

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by KBeezie, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    Debating getting the Olympus 45/1.8, I already sent one private message to a seller on here (but no response yet). Basically debating if I should just go ahead and get it new since they're going for about 350 new.

    Currently I only have three autofocus lens in my setup:
    • Olympus 17/2.8
    • Sigma 30/2.8
    • Sigma 60/2.8

    And the rest are manual focus
    • Olympus 9mm f/8
    • Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4
    • Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1
    • Jupiter-11 135mm f/4

    I like my adapted Pentax M, especially when using the tilt adapter but sometimes I just want it a little lighter/smaller and sharper at it's widest aperture (f/2 is decent, f/1.4 is just 'soft', almost halo-like). The 45/1.8 seems like it could do the trick and would make my AF selection 17/2.8 -> 30/2.8 -> 45/1.7 -> 60/2.8.

    Unless you can think of another lens, similarly priced (400 or less), that's fast (f/2.0 or faster), that might fill a void somewhere in there.
  2. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    It should fill that gap nicely. It's a very good performer - nice and sharp (very good wide open, and excellent from f2) - nice creamy bokeh too. Build quality is solid enough for a plastic lens. The only minor downside for me is that the rendering is quite 'clinical' - some may find that a strength though. I prefer the Sigma 30's rendering but that extra speed is very nice and it's a useful focal length.
  3. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    I found my Sigma 30/2.8 to be on the softer side and auto focusing isn't always spot-on (haven't really tried it on my E-M5 yet, but always been like that on my E-P3), I usually have to zoom and MF as the focusing isn't always accurate on where I have it, where as my Sigma 60 is excellent. (it's probably the least used lens I have)

    Edit: tried the 30 on the E-M5, it does focus on the AF point (tried the usual as well as that 'small' mode firmware 2.1 added), but the area ever so slightly closer to me seems sharper.
  4. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    If you're comparing it to the 60 then, well, maybe, but I don't know too many lenses sharper than the Sigma 30. Bad copy, perhaps?
  5. tino84

    tino84 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2013
    45 1.8 to me, is THE lens to have in m4/3. tiny, fast, sharp.
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  6. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    My 17/2.8, Sigma 60/2.8, Tamron 90/2.8, and (While not the same aperture) Jupiter-11 135/4 is sharper wide open than my Sigma 30/2.8. I don't know about bad copy, not much I can do about it if it is, and it may just be my pickiness.

    But yea debating this 45/1.8 or something like a Rokinon 85/1.4 (Since I'm already used to MF, but would give me a longer-than-macro-subject alternative to the Tamron 90/2.8 that would be better for low light, or more BG knockout).
  7. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Kiillarney, OzTrailEYa

    I recently got 45 after procrastinating about it for a while. Basically the price came down enough to make it attractive.

    Seeing your other lenses and noting that you enjoy your 50mm (and why) I would say go for it.

    Particularly I find that its great on a compact camera (such as my GF) and has made some quick grab shots across the table possible :)  This one was a whip it out and snap quickly across the table at a BBQ a few weekends ago


    My GF-1 travel outfit is
    14mm f2.5 + GWC-1
    20mm f1.7
    45mm f1.8

    Works great for me
  8. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    seems off, as people report it to be quite sharp. It should definitely be sharper than 17 f2.8
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  9. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    45? 85? new? 2nd hand? Just get whatever you find at a good price now. You know you're gonna get both (and more) sooner or later anyway.
  10. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    From my understanding they have a 3 year warranty, and I've not owned it for more than a year and a half at most. I wonder if that's something that would be covered by them.

    I ended up biting the bullet on a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 new in box for a Pentax mount (I have two PK adapters including one that tilts up to 8 degrees) for $233 with free shipping from a fellow michigander here on the forums.

    Still probably going to get the 45/1.8 if the initial seller I contacted ever gets back to me on the 200 priced one (otherwise will probably see if the 225 seller still has his). I'll probably be photographing some fountain pens of mine to sell in preparation for making back the funds on that. (it's about 2 of my pens I could sell that could make that back easily at that price).
  11. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Yes, buy one.
  12. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    The only one I can think of is the mitakon 42.5/1.2, manual focus only:


    This is the best list of native lenses that I have found: http://hazeghi.org/mft-lenses.html

    Maybe an Olympus Pen-F lens should work better, less halo, wide open on m43 but they are not cheap.

    All considered I think the O45 is the best option.
  13. Ddeveryday

    Ddeveryday Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    I was in the same shoe as you last summer. And decided to buy it to play with for a couple days and see if it's a keeper. Then i got this shot and decided to keep the lens.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/64766216@N02/14239088522" title="P5210005 by Yuliang Huang, on Flickr"> 14239088522_565c9ab668_z. "640" height="480" alt="P5210005"></a>
  14. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    Bought one, it'll be shipped out Monday (was hoping out Friday, but people do have lives I imagine :D )

    Looked at the Mitakon, but I probably spent less than the cost of one getting both the Rokinon 85/1.4 and Oly 45/1.8 this week. (I'll be getting rid of some stuff, such as Tamron adaptall 38-100 f/3.8 with a PK adapter once I can get a 67mm lens cap for it so that I sell it as a complete lens...)

    Nice :D 

    I had a similar situation as kind of that point where you know you're keeping something, and it was this shot for the Sigma 60/2.8

    E-P3    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/125s    ISO 200
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  15. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    It's a brilliant lens in every way. I see you do a lot of portraits from your portfolio. It's a great and effortless way to do those. You could get by with a manual focus lens. I have , for a long time. If price is an issue, a legacy prime certainly a very workable alternative. Used prices have been creeping down toward 200 though, so it's becoming hard to recommend that instead of the Olympus.
  16. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    Ended up buying one from a fellow member on here for $200, some scuffs on the body itself, but good on the glass, and I doubt I would see a price lower than that without problems.

    Besides you tend to upgrade a camera every so often... lens though, they hold their usefulness/value for the most part.
  17. CameraNoob

    CameraNoob Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 22, 2014
    Amazon has the international version for $250 with 2 day shipping. Best deal I have seen yet on a brand new oly 45 1.8.

    I purchased mine new for $290 several months ago from Amazon and it does come with an international warranty card.
  18. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    For future reference. What exactly is international warranty and how does it get claimed if needed? Does it get mailed to Japan etc?
  19. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    It is an international version with no warranty. Great price otherwise. Not sure what "version" really means and why there's no warranty...
  20. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    What's the point of the "International Warranty Card" CameraNoob mention?
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