View Full Version : 60mm f2.8 Macro or 45mm f1.8

5th February 2013, 04:37 PM

I just got an OM-D E-M5 and 12-50mm as a kit.

I stayed from buying the 50mm with 4/3 waiting for an E-xxx to replace my E-400 and now am in a quandary as I want to buy one for the Om-D. My main reason wasn't macro, but prime and F2.

I was looking at the 45mm for it's f1.8 and apparent sharpness. I want a portrait lens and something I could take into the street.

The crazy pricing here in China means the 45mm is 250, but the 60mm macro is 380. I could stretch at a push to get the 60mm. I hardly ever do Macro, but it's something I have dabbled in. I don't ever see it becoming a mainstay for my hobby as I'm not patient enough and the interest is limited to spend money on macro.

So, I guess the question is - at 60mm is their an advantage to the macro that I may be missing? Weather sealing is nice, but not something I'd see as necessary; just nice if it has it.

My main criteria when considering the 45mm, aside from price, was the f1.8 and a general/portrait lens that I could also take out for night shooting.

I'm really an amateur and hoping somebody here can highlight anything I may be missing before I buy. So far the 45mm is in my sights, but the 60mm is confusing the issue.



5th February 2013, 04:54 PM
Not owning either camera or lenses, all I can say is that the 60mm @ 120mm equiv 35mm might be a little long for your wants. I certainly find the 70mm end of my 70-300mm very restrictive for landscapes etc.

5th February 2013, 05:01 PM
Anyone who has the 45mm will tell you it is an excellent lens, very sharp and (in the UK) not too expensive. The one thing it won't do is macro. It isn't even very happy doing macro on extension tubes.

However if macro isn't your thing then I recommend the 45...



5th February 2013, 05:15 PM
Hi David, If your prime reason for a lens is for night street shooting the 45mm f1.8 would be the best one to go for if its people you want to shoot, but if for the buildings as well you might look at the 30mm f2.8, or the 20mm f1.8.

The 60mm f2.8 is about 1-1.5 stops slower and plus needing a little extra shutter speed than the 45mm. Although on the depth of field the 60mm f1.8 would give about the same depth as the 45mm f1.8, this is due to the focal length differences.

I hope this helps you any.


5th February 2013, 05:26 PM
Have the 45mm on an epm-2... if you want low light rather than macro then go for that and see if you can afford the lens hood as well

5th February 2013, 05:27 PM
I have both David but for street use and low light shooting its the 45 f1.8 that comes with me (and even that can be a little long at times).

Its super in the studio for portrait work too, if a little cruel at times its so sharp

I use the 60mm as a macro + medium length telephoto in the main

5th February 2013, 05:58 PM
Both great lenses, and I own both. If I could only keep one it would be the 45mm. Disregarding its lack of macro capabilities, this lens is more versatile focal-length wise.

5th February 2013, 06:37 PM
The "macro" on the kit 12-50mm is actually quite good so if you got the 45mm/F1.8 (for the light gathering) it would not leave you bereft of some sort of macro capability. If you decide later you want a dedicated macro lens and can't afford the 60mm/F2.8 then you could always try a legacy lens (either a macro lens or standard lens+extension tubes) with a cheap ebay adapter.

6th February 2013, 04:29 PM
Thanks for the information from all of you. *chr

I went for the 45mm f1.8 - I'll post my first snaps.


7th February 2013, 08:55 AM
I don't think that you will be disappointed. It is a very nice lens, rendering good colour, contrast and with care smooth oof results.

7th February 2013, 06:07 PM
Thanks again. I posted high ISO shots here, but for this thread I wanted to show Bokeh!

Sorry if I'm preaching to the converted, but I'm excited about the new system and want to take photos again!

First, the test shot in the shop convinced me how good the lens was!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/Bunny2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57227)
Close-up crop. (Both OOC jpegs)
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/Bunny_Crop.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57228)
Some bokeh shots. All OOC jpegs.
ISO 1600
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/P2060200.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57229)
ISO 800
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/P2060289.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57231)
ISO 2500
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/P2060234.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57230)

Now I want to go out and try to get some really nice shots. :)


7th February 2013, 07:12 PM
Looks like you are happy with you choice of lens *chr

(it is a bit good isn't it)

8th February 2013, 01:51 AM
Looks like you are happy with you choice of lens *chr

(it is a bit good isn't it)

Last time I had a prime was a 24mm f2.8 on my old Canon EOS-5 FF film camera. This is way better!