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

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by FlyPenFly, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    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.

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  2. akulya

    akulya Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 21, 2010
    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.


    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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  3. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Thanks! Any more portraits?
     
  4. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 2, 2010
    Worcestershire
    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.
     
  5. akulya

    akulya Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 21, 2010
    Just two to hand,
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  6. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    Too many unattractive reflections and flare in the watch crystals.
     
  7. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    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.
     
  8. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  9. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    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.
     
  10. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    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.