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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
  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, USA
    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
    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 Subscribing Member

    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
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    Olympus 45mm 1.8
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  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
    Larry Anderson
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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:

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