45/1.8 cheap

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tt321
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45/1.8 cheap
10 months ago

I am ready to buy a 60/2.8 Sigma, but now this appears.

Should I, should I not, etc...

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As a 45 user I can highly recommend it. The Sigmas get enthusiastic reviews, so there's probably no bad choice--which focal length do you prefer?

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Buy the 45mm if that is a big sale for you.  Then wait for the Sigma to go on sale. Having both is no sin, for most M32 people anyway.

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I would buy the 45mm
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over and over again if I needed to.  It's that good.  Have not used the Sigma.

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The 45mm is my favorite lens..
In reply to tt321, 10 months ago

Even over the 75  -- only because I find that focal length a bit specialized.

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Skeeterbytes wrote:

As a 45 user I can highly recommend it. The Sigmas get enthusiastic reviews, so there's probably no bad choice--which focal length do you prefer?

It's the old FL histogram again. Had an analysis of my shots with the 45-175. Quite dense between 45 and 65. The 45 has a big spike, but I suspect that's mostly because I am too lazy to change lens.

No real preference. Interesting.

How's the 45 as a close-up lens with either tubes or close-up 'filter' type adapters?

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tt321 wrote:

I am ready to buy a 60/2.8 Sigma, but now this appears.

Should I, should I not, etc...

Should. Of course.

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Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! Possibly the best lens ever made for M43. Small, light, cheap, optically excellent.

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My 45 has been collecting dust since I got the Sigma 60. Get the Sigma 60

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El Chubasco wrote:

My 45 has been collecting dust since I got the Sigma 60. Get the Sigma 60

Care to elaborate?

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El Chubasco wrote:

My 45 has been collecting dust since I got the Sigma 60. Get the Sigma 60

That`s a bit of an odd statement, both are equally as good given the right task, I guess you don`t do portraits.

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tt321 wrote:

Skeeterbytes wrote:

As a 45 user I can highly recommend it. The Sigmas get enthusiastic reviews, so there's probably no bad choice--which focal length do you prefer?

It's the old FL histogram again. Had an analysis of my shots with the 45-175. Quite dense between 45 and 65. The 45 has a big spike, but I suspect that's mostly because I am too lazy to change lens.

No real preference. Interesting.

How's the 45 as a close-up lens with either tubes or close-up 'filter' type adapters?

Have not tried it as a true close-up lens, only capitalized on the speed for subject isolation. It's actually a challenge to do so in sunlight, as it takes a fast shutter/low ISO or ND filter to open it wide. Even so, it does a pretty good job.

Sierra wildflowers.

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I have the Sigma 60mm and am enjoying it a lot. I have also ordered a PL45mm, so am indulging in both focal lengths. I am not sure how much the Sigma 60mm costs where you are, but buying both the Olympus 45 and the Sigma 60 seems much less expensive together than say the 75mm.

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I have both,45mm F1.8 + simga 60mm,the 45 focus a little better in low light on my E-pl1 & gf1,both are  very good lens

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Bogus question: One should have both as they complement each other nicely.
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Both are sharp, both can handle video, both have good bokeh, both are portable, both are great for portraits, and both are cheap. They are certainly not redundant because there is quite a difference in focal lengths.

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Check the Lightroom compatibility list for supported lenses. I know I saw Sigma there for a number of lenses ... The 45 should be there too(?)
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Just a cosmetic note on the Olympus
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tt321 wrote:

I am ready to buy a 60/2.8 Sigma, but now this appears.

Should I, should I not, etc...

Your link goes to a black version 45mm. When I bought mine, the K version was much more expensive than the silver version, so I went for the latter (which is fantastic on my silver E-M5). Then I had the opportunity to see the other - the black -  in the flesh, and I found it a bit too plasticky looking for my taste.

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Hi,

I use the 45 1.8 with a raynox M-250 close up lens and really like it. Of course it is not like a real macro lens as you have to stay in a very narrow corridor to get it focused (around 10cm I would say). I also include an unaltered shot (100%) of a strawberry to show how sharp this lens is when doing macro with the raynox.

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That store offers the silver and black version at the same price. I'm quite happy with my black 45mm.

Worth noting that the Sigma 60mm is also on sale at the same shop for just £129 (vs £199 for the 45mm f/1.8).

Mark

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I usually try not to push people to buy without a good reason but all reviews agree that the 45mm is a Must have for any m4/3 user

in addition to being a very useful focal length , this is probably the best lens for your buck ( or in your case for you pound) in the m4/3rd line

I use mine a lot for shooting models

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