45 1.8 and 75 1.8 captures

Started Oct 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
RonFrank Senior Member • Posts: 2,130
Re: 45 1.8 and 75 1.8 captures

Absolutic wrote:

Yep, I had the 180 F/2.8 AF on my D700 and then D800..... I've seen people trying to sell these for $200 with no takers these days. I did like 180, however, especially on D800, you needed to stop (mine) down to get to sharpness, wide open it was marginal on a 36MP sensor.

75 (150 equivalent) of course can be used at F/1.8 easily and autofocuses much faster than 180 AF, and also quietly. 180AF was I think one of the first Nikon's Autofocus lens ever.

The true test comes when I get my 135L Canon later this week, and try to shoot that on my 5DM3 side by side with the 75 on OM-D. 135L is considered by many to be the sharpest Canon's prime wide open. Give me a week or so more to render my opinion of whether its worth the price.

I can tell you right now that the 45/1.8 is a phenomenal lens and should cost twice of what it costs, that's for sure.

The AF180f2.8 ED-IF Nikon sells new for $900 from B@H and used for between $400-850 depending on the condition (ebay).  The old MF versions sell for $200 sometimes but many MF versions I saw were around $500.

This is a very sharp and high quality lens beyond most of what Oly produces for 4/3.  No plastic in this lens unlike many lenses built today. Photodo has a MTF rating of 4.1 which is awesome.  The 50f1.8AF rates at 4.4 which as high as any Nikon lens. The 180AF is not the fastest focusing lens Nikon makes but still very good. The 70-200mm AF-S Zoom is a faster focusing lens.

The 45f1.8 is similar to the $120 Nikon 50mmf1.8.  Ironically one of the sharpest and cheapest lenses made by Nikon.  However I believe the Oly has plastic parts which keeps the price down. Unfortunately the 45mm sells for $400 which is what Nikon prices the 50mm f1.4 at, so Oly is actually overpriced.  The 50mm f1.4 is not rated as well as the cheaper 1.8 but still awesome at 4.2.

All the sensor size voodoo does not make the 75mm a 150mm, it is still a 75mm shooting on a smaller sensor. If OLY made a 180mm f2.8 then we could compare apples to apples.

Alll you *experts* need to do your homework before commenting on some of the best optics in the game. In the case of the Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF it has legendary status and still is available today much as it was 25 years ago.  The 180mm was first sold in 1970.  I would buy them all day at $200 and resell them for $500-800.  Unfortunately that's just someone telling stories as they sell for $900 new to this day.

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