Macro Lens - Olympus 50mm F2 vs Leica DG 45mm

FlyPenFly

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To be mounted on a E-PL2 and E-P2. I'd prefer to have AF work so I am not really to a legacy lens.

If it could double as a creamy bokeh portrait lens better than the Oly 40-150mm that would be nice too.

I tried using the Oly 40-150mm because reviews said it could sorta double as a macro but it doesn't get anywhere close enough.

Looking to do pictures like this which I did on a Canon T1i with a Canon 100mm Macro F2.8 and a bounced off camera flash. I wouldn't mind having more DoF!

Here's what I see so far but not on the same camera unfortunately.

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/widget/Fullscreen.ashx?reviews=65,32&fullscreen=true&av=3,3&fl=45,50&vis=VisualiserSharpnessMTF,VisualiserSharpnessMTF&stack=horizontal&lock=&config=/lensreviews/widget/LensReviewConfiguration.xml?4

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Nice product shooting!

As you've said you will be using an e-pl2 and e-p2, and consider autofocus to be important; I would say chosing the PL45/2.8 is the logical decision.

I have never used the Zuiko 50/2, but I do own the PL45/2.8, and it is a versatile and very high quality piece of glass.

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At f9.5 the DoF for macro photraphy is quite decent (and the colour rendering is lovely).

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At f8 the DoF for scenic photography is vast.

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At f2.8 the Dof for portraiture is sufficient, but you won't blow indoor backgrounds away, the lens is very sharp in the middle of the frame.

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At f5 (just for reference)

It's quite a performer, and the AF limit switch combined with face detection make it quite speedy at candid shooting too (about as fast as the 20/1.7, imho).
 

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As you've said you will be using an e-pl2 and e-p2, and consider autofocus to be important; I would say chosing the PL45/2.8 is the logical decision.

I have never used the Zuiko 50/2, but I do own the PL45/2.8, and it is a versatile and very high quality piece of glass.
Absolutely agree 100%. I currently own both. The autofocus on the Olympus 50mm f/2 for any m4/3 camera is really bad, and as far as serious macro work is concerned almost unusable. It only just about qualifies for the term auto! The 45mm is built for m4/3 and it works very well on Olympus cameras. If you like unnecessary hard work, frustration, noise and manual focusing try the Olympus, it is a very special lens but then so is the PL45mm and you'd be much better off with that.
 

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Just two to hand,
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For watch lovers, the reflections on the crystals itself is part of the beauty of the watch. Rolex flat crystals and Blancpain bubble crystals are famous for this.

Depending on the type of surface coatings used, the reflections give off different hues as well.
 

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For watch lovers, the reflections on the crystals itself is part of the beauty of the watch. Rolex flat crystals and Blancpain bubble crystals are famous for this.
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I guess it depends what the images are being used for. I photographed jewelry and watches for (editorial, catalog etc) for while and would never submit images with so much greyed out glare like that. It takes away from the detail of the watch face.
 

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Right, it's not for a product catalog.

Straight on clinical product shots don't really interest me. Everyday ownership experience of the watch, this is what they actually look like.
 

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Does anyone if using a macro step filter would severely degrade the image quality? Would it be better to step the 20mm F1.7 or the 40-150mm telephoto?

I just bought 4 lenses and I'm not sure I should be dropping so much cash right now with another lens.
 
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