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Low light lens

What lens are good for low light for the omd but won't break the bank if possible.
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Re: Low light lens

I find the Sigma 30mm f1.4 quite useful, though you'd need an adapter, other than this an om50mm f1.4 again adapter but manual focus.
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Re: Low light lens

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I find the Sigma 30mm f1.4 quite useful, though you'd need an adapter, other than this an om50mm f1.4 again adapter but manual focus.
Thanks do both have to be manual focus with adaptor?

Why there no fast prime for m43 yet
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Re: Low light lens

The sigma is an auto focus with a m43-43 adapter.
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The sigma is an auto focus with a m43-43 adapter.
Which adaptor you suggest pls as may have to go this route.

Don't sigma do m43 lens anyway?
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Re: Low light lens

Can't find a Sigma 30mm 1.4 4/3 fit either
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Re: Low light lens

The Oly 45mm and 75mm are pretty stunning performers (I'm told that the 12mm is as well, but I don't have one). They are f/1.8 and perform very well wide open - not as fast as f/1.4 of course, but the OM-D's stunning high ISO performance goes a long way to compensate for that. And the 45mm is an excellent price. It is an even more excellent price if you can get it bundled for free with the camera

I've been using the 45 and 75 for gigs in badly lit pubs and am very pleased with both.

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The Oly 45mm and 75mm are pretty stunning performers (I'm told that the 12mm is as well, but I don't have one). They are f/1.8 and perform very well wide open - not as fast as f/1.4 of course, but the OM-D's stunning high ISO performance goes a long way to compensate for that. And the 45mm is an excellent price. It is an even more excellent price if you can get it bundled for free with the camera

I've been using the 45 and 75 for gigs in badly lit pubs and am very pleased with both.

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I've a 45mm coming I hope as my application been accepted for the free lens.

Can you show me some I'd the low light shots taken with the 45mm pls and what settings

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Re: Low light lens

I'll dig some out for you later. It is a lovely piece of glass - tiny and quick-focussing as well as excellent quality.

At "standard" focal length, the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is also very good. Those who have the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 also speak very highly of it but I think it is expensive.

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Re: Low light lens

I've a canon EF lens 50mm 1.4 can these work as auto focus with a a adaptor on omd?
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Re: Low light lens

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I've a canon EF lens 50mm 1.4 can these work as auto focus with a a adaptor on omd?
Certainly don't work AF or even auto stop down. If they work at all it would be manual everything.
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Re: Low light lens

I would think that a lot of these f1.4 and faster lenses would be quite soft wide open.

I never had such a fast lens in my film days, but IIRC the advantage with these fast lenses was in focusing in poor light. Few shots were actually taken by choice wide open.

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Re: Low light lens

I used to shoot wide open at times on film. When the choice is softness vs no photo I'll put up with the softness. But these new f/1.8 lenses are sharp wide open so you just have to cope with narrow depth of field, which can be as much blessing as curse for some applications.

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Re: Low light lens

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I've a 45mm coming I hope as my application been accepted for the free lens.

Can you show me some I'd the low light shots taken with the 45mm pls and what settings

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The 45mm is an excellent lens and you CAN use it wide open. The second shot in this thread was taken at f1.8 http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23295
Also remember the new Sony sensor in the OMD has incredibly good high ISO noise performance compared with previous Olympus cameras.
See this thread of mine.http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23026
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Re: Low light lens

Sorry I've been a while coming back with these. An assortment from some recent gigs, all shot with the E-M5 and 45/1.8, 1/60th at f/2 and various ISOs. The EXIF data should be intact if you want all the messy details. These are all processed from the raw files in Lightroom, probably with quite a lot of boosting the shadows and pulling back highlights because amateur stage lighting is usually awful.

Not a very interesting photo, except it shows fairly good resistance to flare with that bright spotlight in the background. ISO 1600:


ISO 2500, with plenty of detail in the guitar strings:


ISO 3200 in truly horrible lighting:


It's hard to see too much in these small renderings, but in general I am very pleased with this lens. And the 75mm is even better, but bigger and more expensive.

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