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Thinking about the 45mm 1.8 again

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Donsantos, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Donsantos

    Donsantos Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 24, 2012
    I had this lens for the gf1 but returned t because it was a little soft wide open. I'm thinking of trying it again for 315$ refurbished and see how it fairs with my gx1. What do you think?
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  2. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    This lens is known for being sharp wide open :confused:  Maybe you just had a bad copy. I dont have the lens (my Canon FD 50mm works for me), but I do covet it :biggrin:
  3. phl0wtography

    phl0wtography Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 15, 2011
    The 45mm is not exactly what I'd call sharp, especially wide open. At f/2.8 it is pretty sharp in the centre but distinctively soft at the edges, great for portraits with dreamy background. At f/4 it's sharp edge to edge, but again not as sharp as say the 20 or 25.
    That being said its my favourite lens for portraits, it offers very distinct signatures at different apertures one has to get to know. However, it is not a lens to show off sharpness or that will outresolve the sensor.
  4. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    HUH?!? :confused: 

    Just about EVERY review, report, etc that I've yet read on the subject has pegged the Oly 45 as among the very sharpest lenses (wide open) within the M 4/3 lineup. My own copy (used along with an Oly OM-D) easily confirms this to be the case. Compared to my Pany 20 wide open, I'd say the 45 is even a hair sharper. Go figure...
  5. Donsantos

    Donsantos Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 24, 2012
    must be copy variation. Can you post a 100 % crop of the 20mm and the 45mm?

    my old 20mm blows the 45mm out of the water in wide open sharpness. i'm thinking I didn't have a sharp copy.

    out of all the lenses I've had so far this is how I rank their wide open performance.

    20mm > 25mm = 14mm > 45mm
  6. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    I love my 20 for the FOV and low light performance, but my 45 is definitley sharper.
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  7. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    U must have been a bit unlucky.I love this lens and use it extensively . Its one the sharpest native primes across all formats .
    Here is a thread of pics which I recently shot with OMD+ this lens .
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  8. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    yeah, that ol softie of a lens 45mm....

    some of my soft shots with it:

    E-PL1    ---    45mm    f/2.8    1/50s    ISO 200

    E-PL1    ---    45mm    f/2.8    1/160s    ISO 100

    E-PL1    ---    45mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 100

    E-PL1    ---    45mm    f/3.2    1/320s    ISO 100
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  9. mcumeda

    mcumeda Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2011
    I love the 45mm. It is sharp and a super fast (and silent) focuser on my OMD
  10. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I understand the Olympus 45mm f1.8 is a great performer, small and well made!

    A friend of mine has one and is producing some amazing images from it - it is also considerably cheaper and a tad faster than the PanaLeica 45 f2.8.
  11. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Yeah, agree completely. If anything, I've read some folks not loving the 45 because it is a bit too "clinical", which to me means too sharp/revealing for portraits.
  12. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 19, 2011
    When I photograph people with this lens, I do not sharpen for reasons stated here already, the othe M4/3 lens I do a little bit even though in some cases, i could get awat with not doing so.
  13. Donsantos

    Donsantos Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 24, 2012
    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    I've decided to pony up the 315$ and give the 45mm another chance. I figure I can always sell it for at least 300$ on craigslist.

    I've also order the 14mm for 169$

    now I have 14mm 25mm 45mm which gives me pretty nice coverage
  14. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA

    :rofl: :rofl:
  15. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA

    All very sharp lenses :wink:
  16. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Central Park South / NYC

    Ah.. Well, don't really have a true side-by-side comparison for you. Obviously the Pany 20 & Oly 45 are not close in focal length, so I'd have little reason to be shooting the same subject with both lenses... That said, the image I've posted here was shot virtually wide open (f/2.2) and was hand-held shooting with a 1/10th of a second shutter speed. As you hopefully can see, the image is truly tack sharp, even under difficult, adverse lighting.

    Honestly, my only gripe about the 45 is that I wish the lens-barrel were metal instead of the cheap looking plastic "chrome". I'd easily have ponied up extra coin for a better built lens... :mad: 

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