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Ok soooo, I made the mistake of trying out the 45mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by JustShootMe, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. JustShootMe

    JustShootMe Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Austin TX
    Panny/Lieca macro lens today. I went to the photo store to pickup my 14 2.5, but sitting on the counter was the macro lens. I had to try try it ! So i slapped it on the EP1 and took 2 photos , one of the 14 2.5 and one of the salesman.

    This is the result.... wide open .. jpeg

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostnjboro/5472687908/" title="Ep1 - Panny 45 2.8 Macro by lostnjboro, on Flickr"> View attachment 158044 "480" height="640" alt="Ep1 - Panny 45 2.8 Macro" /></a>

    I have owned several macro lenses for my Nikons, and prefer macro lenses because of their sharpness. I hate to admit it , but I must somehow find a way to buy this lens. When I got home and uploaded the photos I was in shock.. I am impressed with what this little sensor can do.

    Anybody else using this lens ? The focus seamed a little slow to me(as expected with a macro lens), but everything els was great.
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  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Since the reviewers started panning them, it is much easier to find a good deal on a used one, taking away everyones biggest complaint. I got mine for about $600 - a helluva lens at that price.
  3. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 29, 2010
    wow...the detail is really impressive. I wonder what the mtf charts say....only kidding! :p 

    nice shot! :) 
  4. pjohngren

    pjohngren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2010
    I just got one from Amazon - paid about $709, so you got a great deal for $600. As to how to afford it, that was an easy one for me. I put most all of my Nikon stuff on eBay - hope it sells. That is a terrific picture of the sailesman. I have only tried "portrait" landscapes so far. But it is a beautiful lens. I am using mine on a GF-1.
  5. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 9, 2010
    It's often the lens that's on my GF1 because it is so awesome. I picked mine up used here, though prices are dropping now.
  6. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Stop it please. I just can't afford to be looking at this sort of stuff at the moment.....


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  7. FOsteology

    FOsteology Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 4, 2010
    Mine arrived from B&H this afternoon.

    Granted, I haven't had much time behind the lens.... but my initial impression. I definitely like what I'm seeing.
  8. john1027

    john1027 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2010
    Alexandria, VA USA
    I gave it a couple weeks ago and paid about $700. Only wish I did so sooner. Excellent for portraits among other uses.

    GF3 & PL 45mm
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  9. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 29, 2010
    i take it you mean gf2? unless you know someone who knows someone...
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  10. theflyer

    theflyer Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2011
    The Pan/Leica 45 2.8 is one of my most used lenses. It feels very comfortable on a GH2 and not at all unwieldy on the GF1. And I find the focus acceptable, especially if the "limit" switch is on.

    Here's a shot of my cat from the other day, a little compressed, but sharp.

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  11. JustShootMe

    JustShootMe Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Austin TX
    Yeah, 700 isn't to bad. I'm definately gonna pick one up since macro is one of my favorite things to shoot. Hopefully one will pop up used ... so if you got one you don't use... you know what to do :biggrin:
  12. john1027

    john1027 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2010
    Alexandria, VA USA
    You are right - GF2...that was just my subliminal mind wishing for a future more feature rich model. :wink:
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  13. 43hk

    43hk Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2010
    This is a lovely lens to use. Had mine for 6 months and it's now paired with a Metz 15 ring flash.

    The Leica tag is well deserved, never could understand why it got a bad press.
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  14. wanjeyin

    wanjeyin Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 1, 2011
    Panasonic-Leica 45mm 2.8 Elmarit - What Gives?

    Hi all,

    I struggled as well to comprehend why there were so many reviews that poo pooed this lens, in the face of some of the most amazing pictures I've seen from this lens. Believe me I've pretty much went through all of the threads on the 45mm from as many sites as possible.

    Here's a thread I started at DPR:

    Panasonic-Leica 45mm 2.8 Elmarit - What Gives? [Page 1]: Micro Four Thirds Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

    My suspicions were confirmed. The majority who own this lens seem to fall in love it.

    Eventually I caved and bought it for myself! :smile:

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  15. travisennis

    travisennis Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2010
    I agree. I've seen some amazing images taken with this lens when used for portrait and walk-around shots. The only thing that has kept me from buying it myself is price.
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