Will it make benefits by adding Olympus 45/1.8 to my lens kit?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by wilco23, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. wilco23

    wilco23 Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 9, 2014
    I already have 12-40/2.8, PL25/1.4, 35-100/2.8, 75/1.8, Olympus 60/2.8. In terms of usage, 60/2.8, 12-40/2.8 is the most and PL25/1.4 and Oly 75/1.8 is the least. After I look thorugh robinwong's blog I like his portrait shots with 45/1.8. Will it be benefit by adding 45/1.8 to my kit? Currently only Pana 35-100/2.8 cover for that focal length. Your comment is really appreciated.
  2. SimonL

    SimonL Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    NW England
    Look back through your picture archives. If a lot of them are at the long end of the 12-40 then it's still only a 'maybe'. If not, don't bother, you've got good glass already.
  3. carterru

    carterru Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2014
    Not at all. A very similar Bokeh and framing (moving in closer) can be achieved with the Pana 25mm.

    Apart from background compression, but u can get that and better with your 35-100mm.
  4. bacil

    bacil Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 24, 2012
    I love that small cheap excellent beautiful rendering lens for portrait. Whether you need it, only you can tell.
  5. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    I also have the 12-40 and the 60 macro. My 45 is one of my least used lenses, but I do love it when I use it.
  6. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Looks like you really like zooms... I would stick to that.

    I'm kinda the opposite. I really like the O12, O25, and O45 combination which closely mimics what I use on other systems. I don't find FOV 25mm anywhere close to that of a FOV 45mm.
  7. wilco23

    wilco23 Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 9, 2014
    Thanks for all your reply.
    @usayit - I am a bit lazy to switch lens during casual shooting. When I bought EM-1 there was offer bundle with 12-40/2.8 and I went that route because it was cheaper than going with prime at that time. When I check all my photos, I used 24mm most and the rest are between 30 to 50mm (35mm equivalent) and 80mm is the third most photos I have taken.
  8. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    I would say that unless you do a lot of low-light shooting, your lenses are already too duplicative. The 45mm, wide open, will blur the background more than the 35-100 but you can also do that in post for free. And 45mm is approximately 40mm, so you really have that focal length covered with two lenses, not just one.
  9. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nothing wrong with that.... zooms are highly flexible in their use. It looks like you like that flexibility, so I would stick to that. Early in the 80s (or was it 70s) zooms were relatively new technology and the difference in quality was noticeable. We are lucky today that modern zooms are pretty good.... especially when we are talking about the higher end zooms including the 12-35mm f/2.8, 12-40mm f/2.8, and the 35-100mm f/2.8

    Your photography (how you shoot too.) should drive your equipment purchases not the other way around. If it doesnt' fit you... it doesn't fit.... don't force it.
  10. biza48

    biza48 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2014
    you can achieve a similar look to the 45 with your 75mm lens, you just need to move back a few paces. Actually, your 75 will be much better to achieve subject-background separation. Learn to use the lenses you already have.
  11. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    yes for a few reasons:
    -its cheap
    -much better working distances than the 75/1.8
    -much faster af than 60/2.8
    -stronger defocus than 25/1.8 and the 2.8 constant zoom

    i have similar lens arsenal to your and i dont feel like the 45 is replaceable
  12. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama, USA
    Real Name:
    I agree about the 75mm, it's perfect for a really close/intimate portrait of the face or head but sometimes you can only back up so far. I think the 45mm will compliment the 75mm for portraits or subject isolation if you're shooting more than one person. It's like the 75mm portraits are great for facial or head shot where the 45 shines for head and shoulders or two person shots.
  13. SpecFoto

    SpecFoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    So Cal
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    For me, portraits is what the 45mm f/1.8 is all about. Plus it is a stop and a (almost) half faster than the 12-40, which is a lot. The 12-40 zoom is very good, but it is not the same as a faster prime lens.

    I shoot mostly portraits and Lightroom tells me in the last 22 months of the 12,500 +/- OMD portrait shots, about 6,600 (53%) are with the 45mm. The 75mm (25%) and 12-40 (22%) represent the remaining amount. Previous to and now along side of the OMD I use Nikon D700/800 and it is pretty much the same. The 85mm f/1.4 usage is 55%, the 135mm DC f/2 is 15% and 105mm DC f/2 and 24-70 f2.8 are the rest. While I have the Nikon 70-200mm VR lens, it was used for only 2% of my portrait shots (because I love the 105 and 135 f/2 DC lenses). The point is, if you shoot portraits a faster prime in the 85mm to 105mm (FF) is your workhorse lens in most cases.

    The 45mm f/1.8, especially with the $300 US pricing out there right now, it is a no brainer if you shoot portraits. Mine is sliver but I am considering getting a black one as a backup.