Which lens to consider after a 25mm PL ?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by catchtheinstant1337, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. catchtheinstant1337

    catchtheinstant1337 New to Mu-43

    Jun 29, 2015
    Hi there,

    Just sold my 12-50 so only own a 25mm 1.4 now. Willing to practice portraits I was looking at the 75mm 1.8 as the 45mm 1.8 doesn't seem to bring enough value with the one I currently own.


    Thanks for your time!


  2. zigg

    zigg New to Mu-43

    Nov 26, 2014
    If money is tight , the sigma 60mm is the cheaper 75mm.
  3. catchtheinstant1337

    catchtheinstant1337 New to Mu-43

    Jun 29, 2015
    Not price oriented - I mean would be ok for a 75mm Oly, not a Voight e.g ;)
  4. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
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    Both the o45, the p42.5,1.7, and the 75,1.8 will produce excellent results for you. Do you know how you'll like to work with your subjects? The 75 will have you farther from your subjects, so that might matter to you. It will be a better choice for capturing indoor sports, dance recitals,etc... If you have kids to capture.

    Another choice is the O60,2.8. It adds macro capability, so it's a little more capability for your $$$ if you have any interest.

    All of these are excellent lenses, your tastes are more important in the selection.
  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I think the 45mm is still good value to you as the focal lengths are very different.
    The 75mm also great but that's proper money.
  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Go for the 45mm f1.8 or 42.5mm 1.7 if you want to be almost 2x as far from your subject as you are with the 25mm for the same framing
    Get the 75mm if you want to be 3x as far away.
    35-100mm f2.8 if you want a lot of framing and shooting distance flexibility.

    The longer the focal length, the farther you have to be from your subject, but that also increases subject isolation and perspective compression so it is not always a bad thing.
  7. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.
    Back when I shot model portfolios I went though several Nikon lens before I found what really worked for me. I tried the 135mm, 105mm and then the 85mm lens. The 85mm just worked because of the shorter distance between subject and camera. I was taking my kit to homes, and not everyone had enough space for the longer lens. The Oly 45mm is one that I own, and would fill your needs very well.
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  8. pwol

    pwol Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    75! you can get if for just $699 right now from all the major retailers. (I don't know when the sale ends)

    My first "nice" m43 lens was the PL25 and I absolutely love it. Then I bought the 75... I really enjoy shooting with the 75, it's pretty much always mounted on my camera. I wish there was this kind of sale going on when I bought my copy.
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  9. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Veteran

    May 29, 2015
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    As a newbie to M4/3's I have the Oly 45. It was the first prime i bought. I reckon its great. My only complaint is that its minimum focus distance isnt a bit shorter. Nice bokeh, and at 1.8 the Dof isnt ridiculously wafer thin like larger format lenses can be. You can still throw things out of focus if desired though.

    Great value imo. Oh, but you dont get a lens hood which i think is a bit disappointing.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2015
  10. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    If you own the 25/1.4 and interested in portrait work, the next logical lens to match up well with the 25mm would be a 42.5/45mm. Whether you choose the O45/1.8, P42.5/1.7 or P42.5/1.2 will depend largely on your budget as well as preference in rendering and also in part what body you use.

    A 50mm and 85/90mm focal length are drastically different enough that you shouldn't discount it due to focal length and a 25mm along with a 42.5/45mm two lens kit is quite versatile.

    Also, the reason for not going with the O75/1.8 immediately would be a large gap between 50mm and 150mm lengths and as such, an 85/90mm focal length would also be more versatile in a two lens kit.