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Alpha1
14th September 2012, 06:59 PM
Is anyone using the Leica 45mm with an OMD-E-M5?

If so is it worth buying? It looks to be a well made lens and a true 1/1 macro.

Apologies if this has been covered before.

brian1208
14th September 2012, 08:46 PM
I've just picked up a used but mint example and saved about 130 in the process

Its early days yet (only got it yesterday) but first impressions are good

Its primarily for macro work and so far it seems to be doing what I want. Its well built, much heavier than the oly 45 f1.8 and using it as a general / portrait lens its less brutally sharp than the OLY 45, which I found I always had to soften down for studio portrait work. Focus isn't quite as fast as the Oly either and its a lot more expensive.

So, is it worth it, well it is for me as I tend to specialise in bees, bugs and butterfly macro, including flight shots so I did need a dedicated lens.

If this wasn't the case I probably wouldn't have purchased one as the kit lens in macro mode is very good at semi-macro work (1:2 max mag) as is the 75-300 with the Kenko ext tubes (this gives useful long reach for more flighty subjects)
HTH

Edit: to give you a very poor impression of what the lens can achieve, this is a 100% crop at just under 1000 pixels, shot in windy conditions with low light / low shutter speed, so is the worst I could achieve if I had decent conditions Shot hand-held, SAF mode, ISO 400 with f8, .jpg file with in-camera sharpening set to zero and minimal sharpening in LR4 (about 5 on the slider)

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/OM-D%20EM5%20test%20shots/hoverflyeye45mmpanny100.jpg

Alpha1
15th September 2012, 08:51 AM
Thank you Brian.....I now want one!! Great image and it will get the LF boys off my back as a bonus! *chr