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Olympus 45 or Panasonic 14-45

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dixeyk, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Okay I realize that this sounds like a no brainier but I am finding it tough to decide. I recently sold and traded my 2 14/2.5 lenses. I found that I really didn't use them much (the 20 gets most do the work) and I was all set to pick up an olymus 45. I figured it would a nice replacement for all the legacy 50s I've gotten rid of with AF to boot. But, now I find myself thinking that picking up a Panasonic 14-45 may be a better option right now. It's a handy set of focal lengths (I get WA if I need it),it's a decent performer and A lot cheaper. but...the siren song of the 45 is soooooo strong.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Phoque

    Phoque Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 18, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Wouldn't that depend on what you want to do?

    45@1.8 vs 14-45@3.5-5.6 seem to sit in two different world. Which one do you picture yourself in? :rofl:
  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    I vote the 45 1.8. It's a keeper. I know, I'm now on my 3rd copy!
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  4. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    Such different lenses, but you know that. I think it's useful to have a midrange zoom, but it really depends what you shoot. What are you shooting at 45mm? If you're shooting something where THREE stops of additional aperture will help (with regards to either exposure or DOF control) then grab the 45mm. If I were in your shoes, I'd grab a 14-45mm and then for portraiture and other short telephoto work, keep a manual focus 50mm around; hopefully you just sold MOST of them, and not ALL of them.
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA

    My current everyday shooting kit is the 14-42, 20/1.7 and 45/1.8. The 45 is definitely my favorite of the 3 as it is sharp, fast and AFs well. The color is unfortunate, but that's my sole complaint. That said, I couldn't live without a zoom or a WA option, so it'd be the 14-45 for me first.

  6. Phoque

    Phoque Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 18, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    3rd copy!? What happened?
  7. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    I don't think that the lens broke or anything. He was just being finicky and on a buying/selling spree, purchasing and re-owning lenses, until he found a setup that he liked.
  8. ibcj

    ibcj Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    He likes to convince himself that he can get by without the lens, but then ends up buying another one when he realizes what a great performer it is. I think he bought the latest one within days of selling his 2nd to Frank. :2thumbs:

    So when's the next 25mm 1.4 coming Jonathan ? :tongue: :smile:
  9. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 20, 2011
    Honestly? Decide what you think you want to shoot, buy the appropriate lens, and shoot. If you're not wanting to use it, then sell it and buy the other one. This is a total apples vs oranges question and there's absolutely no useful way to compare the two lenses.
  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Well it's not about comparing the lenses...they're different ends of the spectrum. So after some thought I think I'm going to go with the 14-45 first and the 45 later. For the kind of stuff I am shooting right now the 14-45 will be more useful. I also have a gorgeous Super Takumar 50/1.4 that serves as my short telephoto at the moment. If I had the funds to do both right now I would but the I don't and the 14-45 serves an immediate need.
  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I kept my Super Takumar 50/1.4 and Helios 44M so I have a nice fast 50 to rely on. I decided on the 14-45 because its more immediately useful to me.
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    The cheaper one right now. I know that the 14-45 is what I need right now. I just am looking for a reason to buy the 45. I'll eventually get one but right now the 14-45 fills a need. I have a Super Tak 50/1.4 that does quite well for what I would use the 45 for.

    Thanks everyone.
  13. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    After some shopping I found that even though the 14-45 was cheaper (and I got some good offers) the 45/1.8 (considering the level of lens it is) was too good to pass up. I'll pick up a zoom at some point and I just acquired an E-P3 so perhaps an Olympus kit zoom.

    My new kit is a Panasonic 20 and Olympus 45 for native and a Hexanon 24/2.8, 135/3.2, Helios 44M and Super Takumar 50/1.4 for adapted. It's enough to keep me busy for a while. I'll miss the WA of the 14's I just sold but they're easy to find and don't seem to command the prices they once did.
  14. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England


    They do different jobs. They are both very good at what they do.

    But the 14-45mm at 45mm and f/5.6 isn't exactly the ideal lens for portraiture, which is where the Oly 45mm scores at f/1.8. The Oly 45mm is a whopping three and a third stops faster.

    Likewise, the Oly 45mm isn't much good if you need 14mm, 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 35mm or 40mm focal lengths.

    Each of these two fine lenses serves a purpose, and each can do things that the other lens cannot. So my vote is for both.
  15. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yep, basically I got great price on a 45. I'll pick up a 14-45 another time.
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  16. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    What is a great price?
  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi Jonathan ..Were u scared that all lenses will be sold out and Olympus may get bankrupt and never manufacture this lens again?Now I agree there are plenty of am legacy lenses in that focal length range which offer a good value for money but then its only a good value where as this lens offers THE BEST VALUE FOR UR MONEY.. A must have for every MFT user .
  18. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Honestly, I'm starting to revert back to MF. Since I also have a Nikon kit for work, I like the fact I can have 100% with all my cameras. :wink:
  19. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Naw, 1st time I sold it I wanted a telephoto. 2nd time I sold it I needed the money. The 3rd time I got it because I missed it. :tongue:
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  20. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oh ... U so bought three copies and stacked them together to make a tele zoom? 45+45+45= 135 mm?
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