Oly 75mm or...

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

I'd agree with you on that. I have both the 45 and 60 and I like both very well. The focal lengths are not that different. I'd say the 45 is generally better indoors and the 60 outdoors. I specifically wanted a macro lens so the 60 made sense. The 45 is just so darn small, light, and fun to use. If I didn't want the macro capabilities and had the 45, I'd go for the 75. Hard to say how much you'd use the focal length.

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In reply to brentbrent, 8 months ago

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kcinesser wrote:

Like I said, I've been crazy impressed with images I've seen around the web, but that price just keeps staring at me from my computer screen. Would you say it's worth the price?

I admit that I had to swallow hard to shell out $850 for it. Whether it's worth the price may depend on your own situation and what you value. Is a $75 bottle of excellent wine worth the price? (Maybe for an anniversary dinner, but not every night!)

I can say that I'm very glad to have it, enjoy using it, and love the images I get from it. For me it's worth the price.

I've used it for indoor performances that aren't well-lit, portraits, and increasingly other diverse subjects. One example: we took our dogs to an expansive off-leash dog park and I had fun shooting with the 75 as the only lens I took. Putting aside any comparisons of different focal lengths and their usefulness, it is the best lens I own.

But, ouch, that price!

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Haha, yeah. From the sounds of it, it's a great lens, so I think I'm going to look around for a good price and suck it up. Thanks for the advice!

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In reply to SkiHound, 8 months ago

SkiHound wrote:

I'd agree with you on that. I have both the 45 and 60 and I like both very well. The focal lengths are not that different. I'd say the 45 is generally better indoors and the 60 outdoors. I specifically wanted a macro lens so the 60 made sense. The 45 is just so darn small, light, and fun to use. If I didn't want the macro capabilities and had the 45, I'd go for the 75. Hard to say how much you'd use the focal length.

Makes sense. I don't really do a whole lot of macro, and if I want to, the 12-50 has a passable macro mode for most of my uses. The 60mm is actually one of the few 4/3 lenses my local camera shop carries, so I might go try it out.

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

Thanks for all the advice guys!

Think I'm leaning towards the Oly 75mm after all. Just can't get over some of the images I'm seeing from it. Now just gotta figure out how to fund it!

Thanks again all.

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I have all 3 lenses you mentioned. They are all excellent lenses, everyone one of them. When used on am Olympus camera with the nice IBIS

It really depends on what you shoot and on your budget.

45mm - most useful FL, small, light, the first one to buy. Or the one to get if you only want to buy one of these.everything is just right, except for the build quality.

60mm - fantastic value! Sharper than the others, no big deal if dropped or lost. Still fairly useful and small, if you do not have to have the smoothest bokeh, which is still very good. No brainer for anyone with $180 to spare. Just buy it if so.

75mm - more specialised. Best bokeh. Best optical qualities, except for sharpness from f/2.8, among these. Suitable for longer distances and when only the very best IQ is needed. The sharpness difference between it and the Sigma is insignificant. It probably won't be used much or only used for critical cases. Buy I if you don't mind nearly$1000 locked away, and only used occasionally, if you are not a portrait or wedding pro or rich. Bigger, Min focus distance long, but otherwise deserving it's legendary reputation.

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

It's an excellent lens. For a macro lens it focuses very quickly (the length limiter helps). And it's considerably less expensive than the 75. I've been thinking about picking up the 75 and I just think that for most non-macro use outdoors, the 75 would be preferable to the 60. Increasingly I've been taking pictures of our dogs in the woods and on the beach and I think the 75 would be better for that. And if you were doing outdoors people pictures the adde speed of the 75 would give better subject isolation. Focal lengths are very shooter specific. Lots of folks love, love, love, 35mm equivalent, others either want something wider or longer.

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

Just for kicks, here's the closest the 75 can focus with a pair of Fotga extension tubes (roughly 12"). Image is reduced in size, but not cropped.

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As is the Sigma 60mm
In reply to Miron09, 8 months ago

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https://plus.google.com/photos/110955796927925538104/albums/5952769640111959457/5952770184930025010?banner=pwa&pid=5952770184930025010&oid=110955796927925538104

I also use the Sigma 60mm - both small, lightweight & sharp

I'm another happy user/owner of the Sigma 60mm for 1/4 the price of the Oly 75mm.

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The 75 is a truly amazing lens. I had one for about 5 months, then I realized it was a lot of cash tied up in a once in a while lens. The Panasonic 35-100 is far more useful for only a bit more. In the end I kept my 45 for low light and bought a cheap 40-150 which is a surprisingly good lens for $99.

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I have found the best use for the 75mm has been events indoors. Great for concerts, speakers, receptions, etc. in low light. I catch a lot of candid with it and the distraction are blurred out really well and the subjects are tack sharp. It's my favorite lens.

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I have both the Sigma and the 75mm and use the former more often, plus it's very affordable...in fact it's not such a big deal just to get both. Sometimes having an excellent lens between the 45 and 75 is worthwhile, especially as the Sigma is much lighter. I usually don't carry the Oly, but the Sigma is always in the bag - it's good for video as well.

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

I purchased two used ones(me and my assistant)from KEH and they were flawless. Take a look there and can probably save at least $200 or more.

kcinesser wrote:

Hmm, that good huh? Like I said, I've been crazy impressed with images I've seen around the web, but that price just keeps staring at me from my computer screen. Unfortunately, where I live there isn't really an opportunity to test one out somewhere. Would you say it's worth the price?

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

To be honest, now I'm even less decided! Hearing a lot of good things about the 60mm. Wishing there was an easy way for me to test both. Might try and get them from lensrentals or something. Thanks for the help all.

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Just another thought: have you considered the Olympus 60mm macro lens. Also very sharp and great for portraits, plus the added macro possibilities.

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I agree with this.

The Oly 60 mm, tests to be one of the sharpest lenses for m43. See tests by SLRGear, Admiring Light, Steve Huff, Ming Thein, Robin Wong. I own it and my experience confirms this.

The 75 is also outstanding from all I have read. My concern about it is that one tends to shoot it from such a distance that the images have a flat two dimensional quality. Like most paintings. At least judging from the published images.   Some people love this rendering.

For portraits in particular, I think your 45mm is the most flattering to faces, based on the distance from which it is usually shot. The 75 for sure gives to flat a rendering to suit me, for portraits, since it is usually shot from a greater distance.

As a walk around lens, I would think the 60 would be more suitable than a 75; that is what I will use it for in Europe.

YMMV

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

kcinesser wrote:

To be honest, now I'm even less decided! Hearing a lot of good things about the 60mm. Wishing there was an easy way for me to test both. Might try and get them from lensrentals or something. Thanks for the help all.

Cheers.

You really don't need to test either one - they are the two sharpest lenses made for Micro 4/3 cameras. And that's not a controversial statement at all.   Either you have the budget for the 75mm, as well as the need for that length and speed, or you don't.

I personally didn't.   But I could certainly rationalize a 1 and 1/3 stop slower, slightly shorter lens that weighs half as much, for a small fraction of the cost.

If I had a serious need to shoot indoor sports, or runway fashion, professionally, I'd be all over the 75mm lens.   But since I don't do either of those, the 75mm lens would be something I only used occasionally - and the price is just too high, IMHO, for me personally to justify for a lens I would only occasionally be using, and never for something that my livelihood depended on.

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I got the 75 / 1.8 rather than one of the 60 / 2.8 lenses because I shoot a lot of concert photograph in low light, and also because the extra reach is handy to me. Likewise for birds or the zoo or sports the 75 is great since you can freeze the subject a bit better. On the flip side, the F1.8 can sometimes result in too-thin DoF, i.e. you have to stop down for portraits. For me the 75 suits the type of photos I take. But if you don't need the extra light, extra reach, or faster shutter, get a 60 / 2.8. If you're mostly shooting portraits get the Sigma 60, if you need macro or weather sealing get the Oly 60.

Some 75 examples:

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The 75 is very easy to handle, with unsurpassed sharpness.
Even in abysmal lighting it does very well and most definitely captures MORE than you can see with the naked eye.  
I like it for theatre, weddings, cars, picking out detail and patterns in landscapes.
Here are a few samples, some with crops. extremely gloomy, flat, directionless lighting for the boy in the black tee shirt.  It still pulled detail out of the scene.

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You won't take it off your camera, so be prepared to buy another body for your other lenses 

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

I think it all boils down to the price

It's a brilliant lens no doubt but its price and its odd focal are the 'detriments' here

if it were $500.00 I'd jump on it today

With the advent of the 40-150mm f2.8 it'd be harder to justify the 75mm if you plan to own the zoom which I intend to

Some would argue prime vs zoom, f1.8 vs f2.8 but a zoom to me is much more versatile in any situation than a single prime

I have the 12-40m f2.8 and retire a whole bunch of primes; I find myself not needing to swap lenses much , nor carry a whole bag of primes

In the end, if you can shell out the dough then by all means

As for me, I'll be waiting for the Pro 40-150mm instead

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In reply to kcinesser, 8 months ago

Well, thank you all for the advice and tips. It's helped immensely! I've decided to go for the 75mm, and just ordered one for a decent price. Can't wait to take it out!

Thanks all.

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