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Olympus 40-150 f2.8 vs Olympus 45mm f1.8 & Olympus 75mm f1.8 for portraits

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Zancrow, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2014
    I been thinking about getting 1-2 lenses for portraits and can't make up my mind between the Olympus PRO 40-150 f2.8 or get a couple of primes like the Olympus Olympus 45mm f1.8 & Olympus 75mm f1.8.

    I had the 45mm before and it was a great lens but I sold it since I went full frame (big mistake on my part, went back to m4/3 after a couple of months :/).
    I tried the 75mm for a day and loved the sharpness and the depth of field I got although it felt a little long from time to time and now I been tempted by the pro lens zoom for its image quality and flexibility and can't make up my mind.
     
  2. Tony Rex

    Tony Rex Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 6, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Tony Rex
    I went the 40-150mm PRO and 45mm route, simply because it was more economical for me. The 75mm has never really been on sale and I've got the 60mm as well. But that's me.
     
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  3. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 28, 2013
    India
    For portraits oof areas should be pleasing and the pro zoom gives an equivalent dof of a F4 lens which imho is not ideal for portraiture, if I was looking for a lens. So the 75 plus the 45 would be my choice.

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  4. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Definitely agree on bokeh quality but I think even equivalent f/4 at 70-300 racked out angle of view will give plenty shallow DoF... unless you like getting only one eye in focus with everything else nose etc all blown out of focus.
     
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  5. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    I'd add the Sigma 60 to the candidate list. For the same framing, it gives the same blur of the 45 stopped down to f2 or the 75 at 3.5 and is one of the few lenses with peak IQ already wide open. The Pana 35-100/2.8 is another interesting lens.
     
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  6. Oruf

    Oruf Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dec 21, 2015
    FRANCE
    F2.8 M43 is equivalent F5.6 FF, not F4 [emoji16]

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  7. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Start with the 75. My 45 rarely gets used since buying the 75 2 years ago. Of course the 12-40 may have something to do with it as well.
     
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  8. khollister

    khollister Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 16, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Keith
    IMHO you need to think through what "portraits" means to you. If you are talking about head and shoulder portraits in a studio where the background is fairly close to the model, the 45 is really your best tool. The 40-150 PRO is a fantastic lens, but it is f/2.8 and large. The 75 is another fantastic lens but it is pretty long for traditional staged portraits indoors. The focal length is more useful outdoors, but don't forget that you will be further from the subject so the DOF may not be as small as a f/1.8 75mm would suggest.

    Minimizing DOF means decreasing the subject distance and increasing the background distance from the subject, so think through your likely scenes before choosing a focal length and aperture. Using the 40-150 up close at 40-60mm for a tight head shot with the background in the distance will give you a blown out background. Shooting the same lens at further distances at 100-150mm with the background close to the subject will not be what you are likely after.
     
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  9. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2016
    Toronto
    Rob Campbell
    another option which might save you a few bucks, go old school with some manual focus primes on an adapter. Older Nikon or Minolta f1.4 50mm's can be had for very little and are a little tighter than the oly 75mm and much smaller than the 40-150.

    I find the working distance of the 75mm a little long but it does a great job.

    The 45mm f1.8 is such a good bargain, I don't know why every m43 shooter shouldn't own one.
     
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  10. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 28, 2013
    India
    My bad, you are right. So it makes it even worse :)
     
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  11. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2014
    Thank you guys for all the input so far. To answer some questions I usually like to take portraits outside (I don't have a studio) and most of them are either full body portraits or from the waist up with a few from the shoulders and up. The Sigma 60mm might be an alternative option for the 75mm if I choose to go that route. As far as manual glass I got the original E-M5 which has no focus peaking unless I try the focus peaking hack but I already got the layout on my camera the way I want it so that option is out until I get a camera with focus peaking.
     
  12. khollister

    khollister Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 16, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Keith
    OK - my personal opinion is the 75 is too long for what you want to do and the 25/1.4 PL might even be a good choice in addition to the 45/1.8.
     
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  13. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2014
    Thanks, just recently got one, in fact it is my only lens at the moment. Looks to be I might go with the couple primes instead of the zoom.
     
  14. briloop

    briloop Mu-43 Regular

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    May 23, 2012
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Most of the portrait studios I have shot in are designed for the short range zoom (24-70mm with a FF body, or 12-35mm with MFT body). I've been in a few studios that have enough space for someone using a 75mm lens on a MFT body, but those kind of studios are rather large.

    I went to a portrait class two or three years ago. The studio was average in size. Most of the students had 24-70mm lenses on their FF cameras and had no problems. One of my fellow students had the 75 on his MFT camera. It was a struggle for him to photograph the model.
     
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  15. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2014
    Yeah, the 75mm might be a little too long. I might just stick with the 45mm for now and get me a wider lens for my non portrait photography like a 12mm or 17mm but that might just be the G.A.S talking :p
     
  16. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I have the 45 and 75mm. I purchased the 75mm for more reach at church events, etc. I have a friend who is the de facto church's photographer and he shoots with Panasonic bodies and lenses and uses the P35-100mm for his long event lens. You may want to consider the P35-100 vs. O40-150mm for portrait/event shooting as it smaller, less obtrusive, and you probably do not need the reach of the 40-150mm.

    OP - we were typing at the same time. For portraits I would not be without one of the excellent 25mm lenses.
     
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  17. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2014
    Panasonic might be a good option too but I like the build quality of the 40-150 plus with the retractable hood. As far as the 25, I just got the Panasonic 25mm 1.4 not long ago.
     
  18. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    The Panasonic Nocticron 42.5 f1.2 is another lens worth looking at. If portraits are important to you, the 40-50mm focal length is ideal and there's no better lens in this range than the Noc!
     
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  19. Oruf

    Oruf Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dec 21, 2015
    FRANCE
    For that price he can buy the 75 AND the 45. Maybe even the 42.5mm f1.7 [emoji33]

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  20. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Yea - but what price quality? ;)