Which portrait lens for E-P3

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by rramesh, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. rramesh

    rramesh Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2011
    I am facing a dilemma as to which portrait lens to buy for my E-P3 (effective 80-90mm). I have the following choices:

    a) Use my kit lens - either 14-42 at 42mm or 40-150 at 40-45mm (what I am using today). Handy as I can move from single portrait to group quickly.
    b) Buy a dedicated portrait lens - Olympus 45mm f/1.8. Like the bokeh and auto focus speed.
    c) Look at a suitable adapted lens e.g. Konica Hexanon 40mm, Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4. Cheap, decent quality and I don't mind manual focus.

  2. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2010
    That's easy. If you don't already have any legacy glass, the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 is the best buy, and a cracker of a lens!
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  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes, the 45mm f/1.8 is definitely your best option. If price is a major issue then an adapted lens would work great, but I would suggest the Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.4 over the 40mm f/1.8. The colors are stronger on the 50mm, though both lenses are very sharp.
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  4. rramesh

    rramesh Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2011
    Thanks for your advise.
  5. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Olympus 45mm, f/1.8!

    I'll be using that lens heavily this weekend for a couple of projects.
  6. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    Real Name:
    I love my Voigtlander 40 1.4.
    Great build quality and outstanding bokeh.

    Our Sweetheart by CapoDave, on Flickr
  7. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Try the adapted lens route first - it's cheaper, at most you should spend $100 USD, including adapter. And if it doesn't work out for you, you can resell it for a small loss (or even gain, if you're lucky).

    Otherwise the Oly 45mm f/1.8.
  8. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I might have to lean the other way. I found using my 45-200 (I'm sure the same applies to the 40-150) between 45-100mm to be more ideal for daytime portraiture work. From my experience, I found the zooms to be just as sharp as the 45 1.8 in the focal lengths mentioned above. I now use the 25mm 1.4 for low light portraiture which gives me that 1.4 aperture and helps better in dim conditions.

    Ideally though when the 35-100mm comes out that would be my go-to portrait lens, because on my DSLRs I almost always use the 70-200.
  9. fredevrard

    fredevrard New to Mu-43

    Jan 8, 2012
    What lens are you talking about exactly? I try to find Voigtlander's lenses on ebay but the cheapest I can find are much more expensive.
    Thanks a lot.
  10. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
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    This thread is kind of old so this may come too late. I'm going to disagree with Ned here. If price is an issue, keep using your 40-150 at the short end and save up for the 45/1.8. Don't bother with an interim solution.

  11. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I agree with Jonathan Panny 45-200 is really beautiful . But I love Olympus 45 mm 1.8 as well . I think Panny 45-200 will be unsuitable for every day work though .
    here is a sample with Panny 45-200 mm
    1600 ISO 200 mm 1/500

    Olympus 45mm 1.8
    PC2406321. PC240759. PC240756.
  12. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    If your looking for "native" portrait lens, listen to Bhupinder2002, go for the 45/1.8

    I have one myself, I find it awesome and pretty bokeh-ish for portrait. =)
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  13. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
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    Larry Anderson
    My FD 55mm f/1.2 puts out a real good shot for portaits. I love the B&W's I get with it.

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  14. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2010
    I will reiterate my recommendation for the Olympus 45mm f/1.8. Distracting backgrounds are not a problem for this lens. This background here was about as distracting as it gets, and the lens coped beautifully. The photographer did not do as well... :biggrin: