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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

Hi all,

Got a chance of getting one of these for around £150. Any thoughts on it? Would partner a Pen F mainly.

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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

That lens has a lot of fans on here - including me. It is tiny, weighs almost nothing, and is a superb performer, right from wide open. In my opinion it is an absolute gem and very hard to beat in terms of bang for your buck.

If 45mm suits your style I can't think of any reason not to get one. No idea whether this price is "cheap" compared with the market these days though.

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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

£150 for a good quality used example isn't bad but I only paid £125 for mine with a 3rd party hood back in 2015. They were as low as £143 new this time last year apparently.
http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/O...m-1%3A1.8-Lens

It's a great lens - though 45mm on M43 is 90mm on full frame so quite long for lots of situations.

I started putting my shots on Flickr into albums by lens so you can see what I've done with mine here.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1c7E1p

I also have the 17mm f1.8 Olympus replacing the f2.8 both of which I've used a lot more.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2xFXw1
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1iKTF8

I also have the Panasonic 25mm f1.7
https://flic.kr/s/aHskZ9LToW

Out of the 17mm, 25mm and 45mm lengths I have as primes I've used the 45mm the least.
If I had to pick a single prime the 17mm f1.8 Olympus would win every time.
The Panasonic 25mm f1.7 at £148 new with a hood (if you care) would be a very close second.
I'd use a kit zoom to explore the focal lengths (or as close as you can) before you commit.

You can use Flickriver to explore what people have done
http://www.flickriver.com/search/olympus+f1.8+45mm/


The Panasonic 20mm f1.7 is another option - very well regarded and very small.
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

Many thanks for the replies so far. The lens certainly has a good reputation and I will of course post shots on here if I do decide to buy.

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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

I think John has put the finger on it - what's your style?
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

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I think John has put the finger on it - what's your style?
Well, I want to branch out a little in to street and some limited portrait stuff. I also want to test myself with a `fixed` lens rather than rely the zooms I have now and on paper this lens fits the bill.

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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

Others more experienced than I may say otherwise, the 45 I think would be good for that, of course the 'ultimate' Prime for street is probably the 75, but I don't get to use it much. Oly Zooms are good, so don't reject that option either.
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

HCB used the 50 effectively, but most street photographers choose wider, either the 35 or the 28. (Halve these numbers for u43.)

The u43 45 is a good lens, but I would say it's too long for street photography.
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

Its a favourite lens of mine on the Pen F or any other and the quality is superb, the other lens though rather big on the pen f is the 40-150 2.8, its quality is outstanding
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

When I was doing studio work, the 45mm would have been very useful, along with my 25mm and 75mm. But for outdoors photography I find it too short for telephoto use and too long for landscapes. I much prefer my 15mm for that!

So it all depends on your typical needs. What focal length do you find you're using with a zoom lens?

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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

A couple of travel photographers I know who use m4/3, have a 12-40 or 12-35 f2.8 zoom for their walkabout lens, but carry the tiny 45 f1.8 in the pocket for ‘street portraits’ of people. It allows a bit more distance from the subject and separation from the background and, as has been said, is perfectly usable at full aperture.
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

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A couple of travel photographers I know who use m4/3, have a 12-40 or 12-35 f2.8 zoom for their walkabout lens, but carry the tiny 45 f1.8 in the pocket for ‘street portraits’ of people. It allows a bit more distance from the subject and separation from the background and, as has been said, is perfectly usable at full aperture.

If you want distance, a good idea on street, so why not the 75 ? suppose a bit conspicuous....
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

And also quite heavy compared to the 45mm
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And also quite heavy compared to the 45mm
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Re: Thoughts on 45mm 1.8 m43?

Been following a For Sale thread elsewhere - looks like £150 is a bit optimistic for a private sale now too. LCE have one at £140 and another at £150.
https://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Secondhan...on=&Results=48
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