Which lens 25mm 1.4 or 45mm 1.8

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by olympus5000, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. olympus5000

    olympus5000 New to Mu-43

    Sep 22, 2012
    I like both focal lengths but I can only afford one for xmas. And I don't think I need both. I can make do with one. Both focal lengths work for me as far as portraiture. Which one would you recommend as far as bokeh quality and results? Which one is sharper open?
  2. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    If you can only afford one of the two, I recommend the 25 f/1.4 - it's a more versatile lens than the 45mm for general use. I have both lenses, and I use the 25mm more than the 45mm (although I like both); indeed, it's my favourite lens in the Micro Four Thirds system at present. Never underrate the versatility of something close to the normal focal length, or the usefulness of the additional 2/3rds of a stop of light compared with the 45mm.

    (I should add that if you were only taking portrait photographs of single people, you might find the 45mm to be more useful, as I use the 45mm for portraits; but for general use, the 25mm has more to recommend it).
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  3. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    what jamepetts said; couldn't agree more
  4. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Ask Bhupinder and he'll say get the 45. I'll say get the 25.

    According to the tests at Lens Rentals, the 45 is slightly sharper wide open but that's at half a stop less than the 25 and the difference is probably not noticeable. At F/4 the 25 has the edge. Bokeh is subjective and I wouldn't like to call it given the difference in focal length/depth of field and isolation. I have no problems with either as far as bokeh goes, but they are different.

    The big thing between the 2 lenses for me is field of view. I use the 25 a lot more because of that wider field of view and I find it a great general purpose lens. I feel the 45 is a little too long for that. I can crop shots from the 25 to include less, but I can't add back what gets left out with the 45. Also, as a walk around lens, the 45 doesn't focus as close.

    And now that I have the 75 I suspect I'll use the 45 less often. I don't do portraits so I was tending to use it as a short telephoto but I prefer the longer reach of the 75 for that and the 75 is definitely sharper than the 45.

    So I'd go for the 25 for what I shoot. If you shoot a lot of portraits, however, then I'd look at the 45 instead. You really can't choose lenses solely on optical performance—use is paramount.
  5. olympus5000

    olympus5000 New to Mu-43

    Sep 22, 2012
    The 25mm sounds very good and very useful but I like the longer reach of the 45mm. Having a 25mm for all around and the 75mm for portraits would have been perfect except that i'm on a strict budget for a while. And, I also don't want to have more than a 3 lens lineup. Luckily, I still have some time to think about this and decide.
  6. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    +1 to James' reply. A good normal lens is probably your best starting point, unless you do a lot more portrait photography than anything else. I would vote for the 25/1.4 (or 20/1.7), and then get a legacy 50 or longer for portraits until you can afford the 45/1.8
  7. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Another vote for 25mm. It's on my G5 by default.
  8. olympus5000

    olympus5000 New to Mu-43

    Sep 22, 2012
    Ok after all the replies I am leaning towards the 25mm because it would be useful overall and better to keep on the camera as an all around lens. But I do have until xmas to decide.
  9. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    Get the 25mm . I have a 45mm lens and it is very good. But I
    am saving for the 25mm. Like others said . The FOV will be more
    useful to you.
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Do you have any lenses now?
  11. melonbread

    melonbread Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia.
    My favourite lens in the world is the 45mm, but if you were going for more general use, I agree the 25mm would be more useful!

    Sent using my phone. Excuse any autocorrect
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  12. I love the O45, and within it's niche it is great, but I couldn't hand-on-heart say that I think it is a better lens than the PL25, which also has the advantage of a focal length better suited for general use. Sharpness alone isn't an area where I would separate the two lenses.
  13. Ryan

    Ryan Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    I own the 45mm and do all my walks with it, but many times it isnt wide enough even walking across the street to get something in view wont be enough in rare cases, those times are when i crave a wider lense. I think a good dollar for dollar combo is the sigma 19mm and the oly 45
  14. dopere

    dopere New to Mu-43

    Sep 1, 2012
    I vote for the 25mm 1.4, which is far more flexible than the the 45mm 1.8. The 45mm would probably provide better bokeh however due to the longer focal length.
  15. sdsyver

    sdsyver Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Northern Alberta
    I'm with the majority. Get the 25mm. I have both and use the 25 the most. That being said I'm going to leave the 45mm married to my camera for the next couple months as part of a challenge. Both are great lenses!
  16. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
  17. absolutic

    absolutic Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 21, 2011
    I have the 45 1.8 and 25 1.4 will be my next lens. completely different uses.
  18. Richard Ripley

    Richard Ripley Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 11, 2010
    Monrovia, CA
    Go with the 25

    I vote for the 25 1.4!
  19. aikidoka

    aikidoka Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    In the beginning I thought I only need the 45mm by Olympus, but then recently I went on splurge on the 25mm by Panasonic.

    So, would say get both! :D 
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  20. mackie8

    mackie8 Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 18, 2012
    i have 45mm... but still planning to get the 25mm for indoor use...
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