Olympus 45mm vs PL 45mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by gdourado, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. gdourado

    gdourado Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    Lisbon - Portugal

    How are you?
    So, I'm thinking about adding a new lens to my mu43 kit...
    I've made my mind on a fixed focal length lens and the 45mm (90mm equivalent), looks right to me...
    So now, my question:
    Olympus 45mm 1.8 or Panasonic-Leica 45mm 2.8?

    Which would you prefer?
    How different is the DOF between 1.8 or 2.8 on a portrait?
    Is it too noticeable?
    How about low light?

    Thank you.
  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have Oly 45 mm 1.8 and I love it .Its benchmark portrait lens and a very good walk around lens . It has better low light performance than PL45 and its cheaper as well. The only reason to get PL45 2.8 would be if u shoot lots of macro ..otherwise go for Oly 45 mm 1.8
  3. ggibson

    ggibson Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
  4. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    If you're shooting portraits, get the Olympus. It's smaller, cheaper and will give better results due to the shallower DOF. Compared to a FF camera, f1.8 isn't very shallow; wide open it about equivalent to a 90mm @ f4.

    Now, if you want a macro lens, then get the Pany.
  5. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    I picked the PL45 over the Oly because I liked the way the images looked better. I also ended up really loving macro, so I'm still happy with my choice.
  6. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
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    it has always been a toss-up for me... deciding between the oly or panny. but i ended up with oly. i think you can't go wrong with either. i like also to do closeup and macros, but the oly would prove to be more useful to most situations especially in lowlight. the cost of the oly also swayed me to get it over the panny. looking forward on how the oly 75 1.8 performs, that's my next lens in my roadmap.
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
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  8. akspaz

    akspaz New to Mu-43

    Jun 9, 2011
    Pasadena CA
    I love them both... If you want to shoot macro go panasonic / leica...I prefer the panasonic leica IQ..but IF I can only pick one...ill go with the olympus because the price is lower and the lens quality is superb:wink:
    Both image straight out of camera
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79517823@N07/6971322536/" title="Screen shot 2012-04-26 at 7.06.22 PM by truealbert, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="333" alt="Screen shot 2012-04-26 at 7.06.22 PM"></a>

    Mislabeled.. here is the correct one

    [​IMG]"500" height="332" alt="Screen shot 2012-04-26 at 7.54.49 PM"></a>[/IMG]
  9. jbuch84

    jbuch84 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 9, 2011
    Orlando, FL
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    Are those samples of the leaf mislabeled? If not then somehow the panny lens looks to have a shallower depth of field somehow....
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  10. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    If you have a Panasonic body, the 45 has lens based IS, so that might be worth considering.
  11. akspaz

    akspaz New to Mu-43

    Jun 9, 2011
    Pasadena CA
    oops I mislabeled... haha my bad.. I was in a hurry hehe wasn't paying attention :thumbup: thanks for pointing that out!.. here is the correct one

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79517823@N07/6971421328/" title="Screen shot 2012-04-26 at 7.54.49 PM by truealbert, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="332" alt="Screen shot 2012-04-26 at 7.54.49 PM"></a>
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  12. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
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    I"d be happy with either lens. I've got the Olympus, though, and will keep it. The f1.8 can make a difference in blurring the background, as it does in your examples, and though others feel differently, it's plenty sharp wide open for me.