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brianvickers
14th May 2012, 10:06 AM
Is the new mzuiko 45mm better in IQ than the OM50mm 1.8 with adaptor?

snaarman
14th May 2012, 10:20 AM
Don't know if this helps, but the new 45mm f1.8 is very nearly as sharp as the remarkable 4/3 50mm macro, and that is saying something..

The 45 has a lovely smooth bokeh character. It focuses like lightning and is almost flawless optically.

Downsides: It doesn't do macro at all. It does show some longitudinal CA - stuff in front of focus has a slight green halo, stuff behind has a slight magenta halo. This can be eliminated by stopping down slightly.

In general it is fast, bright, light and sharp. My suspicions are that it would walk all over a nifty fifty from the film era because it was designed for the 4/3 sensor

Pete

brianvickers
14th May 2012, 10:48 AM
sounds like its well worth the 229 from Park cameras then!
thanks
Brian

snaarman
14th May 2012, 10:58 AM
sounds like its well worth the 229 from Park cameras then!
thanks
Brian

Oh yes: It gets my thumbs up. The only improvements I would like are:

Make it slightly larger - so I feel like a proper photographer.
Make it in black please.

Oh, and the silly silver dress ring comes off too easily.

brianvickers
14th May 2012, 11:26 AM
I'm finally selling my Canon gear...so turning it into some good primes, 12mm, 45mm and then wait for the 60 or 75. I already have the 20mm f1.7.
I have the 14-42, 12-50, 40-150 and a 50mm OM.
Think I have it covered then!
Would you suggest alternatives?
I'm tempted by the 75-300 - but would rarely make use of it -I think I can leave that till later.

snaarman
14th May 2012, 11:38 AM
A nice selection of bright primes is always a good plan. To avoid all the lens changing, you may need a second body :)

As to the 75-300: My experience with the 70-300 in 4/3 format is that 300 (or 600mm in old money) is one long lens. Assuming you have enough daylight or ISO and you can hold it steady (or the IS does that for you) then you still have all that atmospheric haze to deal with.

It all depends what you use it for I guess. I make myself stop at 150mm. If it's further away than that, then it's too far away *yes

Pete


I'm finally selling my Canon gear...so turning it into some good primes, 12mm, 45mm and then wait for the 60 or 75. I already have the 20mm f1.7.
I have the 14-42, 12-50, 40-150 and a 50mm OM.
Think I have it covered then!
Would you suggest alternatives?
I'm tempted by the 75-300 - but would rarely make use of it -I think I can leave that till later.

brianvickers
14th May 2012, 11:46 AM
Yes I think the only benefit of long zooms is to get close up detail, anything at great distance always disappoints.

AdamThirtle
14th May 2012, 02:18 PM
I used to shoot a lot with the old OM 50mm 1.8, then purchased the 45mm.

I immediately noticed the IQ of the 45mm is significantly better than the 50mm. It's became my favourite prime.

brianvickers
14th May 2012, 04:37 PM
Thanks Adam, thats good info as you have been able to compare the two directly.

FlemmingS
17th May 2012, 05:38 PM
sounds like its well worth the 229 from Park cameras then!
thanks
Brian

The 45 mm is my favorite M43 lens and I wish I could use iton my E-30 instead of the 50 mm 1.4 with OM adapter :)