Regardless the price, any other reasons for choosing 45mm over 75mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by rogergu, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. rogergu

    rogergu Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2013
    More versatile due to the shorter focal length?
  2. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    It really depends on what you're shooting...yes, it can be more versatile.

    However, it's also significantly smaller and lighter. I bought both...the 45 will be the travel prime, the 75 will be the non-travel prime. :)
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    The focal lengths are too different & great to even make this comparison of one or the other...
  4. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
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    Yep. You can have reasonable same results with smaller size. I own both and while both are excellent, the longer one is superior in every aspect. Except that versatility that makes shorter one "bigger" :smile:
  5. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    I own both and enjoy the 45 on those rare times it is mounted.
  6. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I could say that the 75 is more versatile because you don't have to crop as much if you can't get close enough to your subject. For example you see a lot of people suggesting that wide angles are great for landscapes but if what you're interested in is a very distant landscape such as a mountain on the horizon, a telephoto can actually be better than a wide angle.

    Any focal length has advantages and disadvantages. A particular lens is a good choice if the advantages offered by its focal length are what you need, and a bad choice if they aren't.

    45mm and 75mm are very different focal lengths, very different fields of view. If you have to choose one, choose the one which best delivers the kind of results you want at the distances you want to/have to work at. Neither is inherently "more versatile", each has different areas of versatility.
  7. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I have both and use the 45 for both portrait in more restricted areas as well as street work occasionally, the 75 is just such a stunning portrait lens that it is always my first choice if space permits.

    I would never consider it an either/or from a purchase point of view unless financial restrictions dictated, they are very different focal lengths with different results/rendering so should not be classed as similar - the build quality does also come into play as does size weight but ultimately it is the end result that count.
  8. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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    You should get both. Only then will the voices go away, albeit only temporarily.

    It should be noted that 90% of the time, I do not encourage GAS, but in this instance I feel strongly about my opinion.

  9. atnbirdie

    atnbirdie Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    Review your zoom lens shots and see where YOU shoot the most. That will give you the answer tat will work best for you.
  10. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
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    I don't have neither of these lens.
    But I do have a Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
    Although I love the IQ and bokeh of the pictures of the Oly 75 I've seen, I don't feel tempted to buy the Oly 75 because I consider the FL of the 60mm too close, even a stop less brighter.
    But I confess I fell a bit tempted by the versatility of the Oly 45...

    If you already had the Oly 60mm would you buy the 45mm?
  11. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    This method is often recommended but rarely works.

    Once you have a fast prime instead of a slow zoom, you might well find you use the given focal length a lot more than before.

    The only way you can tell if you will like or use a lens is to try it out. (Or gain experience from using similar lenses. But zooms are not similar.)
  12. atnbirdie

    atnbirdie Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    Well, maybe if you have a slow zoom. But I don't consider an f/2.8 zoom terribly slow. more important to me is the field of view. I therefore found the zoom lens analysis quite useful as it showed which focal length obviously appealed to me more in terms of the field of view.

    Olympus OM-D EM-5: Oly = 12mm f/2; 45mm f/1.8; 60mm f/2.8; 75-300mm; Pan = 20mm f/1.7; 12-35mm f/2.8; 35-100mm f/2.8; Metz = 58AF-2; 15MS-1ringflash; Sunpak = Auto 433D