Is the 45mm f/1.8 worth it compared to the Sigma 60mm + 30mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by sammaritan12, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. sammaritan12

    sammaritan12 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 17, 2012
    Would shooting portraits at these focal length make it easier or difficult? I was thinking of getting the Oly 45mm after finding I loved to shoot street portraits but the Sigma lenses look like great value!
  2. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    People love the 45mm. I mean, the Sigmas would give you two focal lengths vs one, but personally, I'd take the 45! :)
  3. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  4. sammaritan12

    sammaritan12 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 17, 2012
    What kind of portraits could you do with each focal length though?
  5. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I love the Oly 45 and it is incredible value for money as well as delivering beautiful image quality.

    I have also got the Oly 75 for when I want something a little longer so between the 45 & 75 I have all I need for quality portraits on the OMD.
  6. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Thanks Ian , interestingly I picked up 60 mm 2.8 and used it as a portrait lens . I am very happy with this FL.Please have a look at a thread above where I shot side by side with Oly 45 mm 1.8 and Oly 60 mm 2.8
  7. Microman

    Microman Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 16, 2012
    The Sigma 60mm f/2.8 is an ecellent lens. I think it's at least as sharp as the Olympus 45mm and 60mm. Tests on DxOMark seem to confirm this. Check them out (on the E-M5). The Sigma might even be a great alternative for the 75mm f/1.8.
  8. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I bought the mZuiko 45mm as my first autofocus portrait prime (had the 40-150 zooms already) then I bought the Sigma 30mm.
    Both are good, the 45 is 'nicer', the sigma gets more indoor use for the field of view.
    Both focus very fast and mostly reliably too.
  9. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    45 is always worth it. You can't have a Micro 4/3 camera without it. Everyone knows that, right?
  10. fiki2304

    fiki2304 Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 26, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Those sigmas look really good! Nobody ever talked about portraits done with sigma 30mm(or i didnt find it:)). Is it long enough(distorsion vise)? Is 2.8f enough to get some blur with head and sholders shot?
    It would be great walk around lens with nice portrait capatibilities..
  11. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    45mm is the threshold of what I would shoot inside the house, 60mm is too long for me
  12. craftysnapper

    craftysnapper Mu-43 Regular

    You cannot beat the 45mm for portraits especially indoors where background clutter is a problem.

    Candid grab portrait indoors at f1.8 using the 45mm on a E-PL3 notice the narrow dof.

    View attachment 308314
    Alexis by The Craftysnapper, on Flickr
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  13. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I own the Sigma 60mm DN. I like it because it notches nicely between the 45mm and 75mm. It focuses fast and pretty close. The 45mm is a great lens, but I use an adapted 50mm to fill that niche. I got my 60mm used, but in mint condition for under $200 (retails for $239).
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  14. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    The 30mm isn't really an alternative for the 45mm. But it remains a splendid choice, both for the focal length and price. Haven't used the 60mm but from what I read it must be a great option also; depends on how you frame and what you shoot, I guess.
  15. alfredo_tomato

    alfredo_tomato Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 3, 2013
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    The 60mm is nice when you want a bit more distance than the 45mm and don't really need the 1.8 aperture. It's also cheaper than the 75mm (and 45mm for that matter) and focuses faster when close up. The 75mm is fast focusing at a distance, but when you try getting in close it does focus hunt a bit. I really wish the 75mm came with a focus limiter.
  17. willl

    willl New to Mu-43

    Sep 18, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Depending on what you shoot, you may find the Sigma 60 to be a tad slow compared to the Oly 45.

    Was at a skate park with the Oly 45 and also the Sigma 60 mounted on an E-PM1. It is a marginal difference though.

    Also, the Sigma 60 rattles a bit.
    When I got my first copy of the Sigma 60, the screen on the back of my camera wouldn't turn on at all. So I returned it, got a new copy and the new one works fine.
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  18. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    The 45 is a great focal length for portraits and general walking-around shots, in my opinion; hard to beat. And considering the small size and wide aperture, it's a must-have lens. I used to shoot 35mm film and had 35mm and 90mm lenses - great combination for a 2-lens kit.
  19. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I think the rattle is inherit of all Sigma glass. I'm using the 60mm on a GX1 and it isn't bad at AF'ing. I bought the 60mm DN after seeing this set on Flickr with the photog using a G3. I was incredibly impressed with the sharpness![email protected]/sets/72157635097813278/with/9524049988/
  20. Anthonys

    Anthonys Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    The 30mm often surprised me at how sharp it was, it's a great lens. The 45mm is better for portraits though, mainly due to it's wider aperture. I'd almost always prefer one lens to two, less to carry!
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