Help please: 75/1.8 instead of 35-100?

Started Jan 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
pinnacle Senior Member • Posts: 2,537
Re: Help please: 75/1.8 instead of 35-100?

Mark Chan wrote:

One thing that I feel I need to mention is the limitations of the OLY 75mm f1.8.

My recent experience with the 75mm f1.8 has been very sobering. I shot in broad daylight and naively (read amateurishly) used f1.8 - f2.5 for images.

The shots came out overexposed and unsharp due to harsh light entering the large piece of glass. I supposed getting a hood could help, but really, with the discussions that came in, the physical limitation of large aperture in strong light should be a concern.

So if you are planning for using it a lot for outdoor shots in good light I'd suggest you consider the 35-100mm instead.

As it is, I keep the 75mm as a portrait lens out of the bright sun.


The 75mm lens can be stopped down just like any other lens in the bright sun. If you want to be able to use a wide aperture for certain kinds of portraits, use neutral density filters to facilitate that desire. If you are using any lens in bright sun, use a lens shade. It will improve image contrast properties and avoid or reduce potential issues with flare. I bought a third party $40.00 shade which is half the Olympus price which works fabulously.

The notion that the larger aperture of the 75 in comparison to the 35-100 is a potential liability is ridiculous.

Please think something like this through more carefully before you click the "post" button. Sheesh!


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