Drop $350 on a 45mm prime when you've already got the 14-42mm kit lens?

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Drop $350 on a 45mm prime when you've already got the 14-42mm kit lens?

Some excellent responses here, J.

As others have said, with the Great Bustard putting it most succinctly, the big question is whether you actually want to use the f1.8 45mm rather than something else.

I have both.  My walk around kit with the E-PL3 is the Panny f2.5 14mm lens on the camera and the Oly f4~f5.6 40-150mm zoom lens in my pocket.

It is interesting to note that the 40-150 at 40-45mm -- its bottom end -- is f4, a full stop better than the f5.6 offered by the 14-42 zoom at 40-42 -- its top end

The 40-150 is a very good lens indeed as I have found and many have attested on this forum, and it costs a little less than the f1.8 45mm.

Nevertheless,  have both the 14-42 and the 45 and use both for particular purposes.

I tend to regard the 14-42 as a well performing f3.5 14mm which can go up into 17-20mm territory on the relatively rare occasions when I want such a focal length, and can do nice work at 42mm albeit restricted by the f5.6 maximum aperture.

I regard the f1.8 45mm as a specialist lens for portraiture and low light work. yes, I do take it out as a walk around in lieu of the 40-150 sometimes because I have it and I can (power to the people!) but by and large it is in my pocket and/or on my camera in situations where it has a particular advantage over the 40-150.

Does that help? Are you more confused? I am! LOL!

Some examples (to add even more to the confusion):

What the 45 is all about for me!

More of what the 45 is all about -- for me!

And even more 45! (Dang, got to fix that over-ripe redness in the way this pic displays on DPReview). But you get the picture -- for me the 45 is primarily a portrait lens.

The 14-42 on a rare excursion into the middle range.

On a job taking photographs of the Kokopo boat harbor in the New Guinea Islands so had the 40-150 on hand. I couldn’t ignore the chance for this picture of the boss lady of  one of the boat fleets so the 40-150 did the job. An advantage of the 40-150 in this situation was the ability to move out to a longer focal length to throw the background well out of focus. Of course, there was plenty of light so the limited aperture wasn't a worry.

Messing around with Oly's silly little accessory flash looking at the limitations of using it as fill in portraiture. So with the 45 lens.

I actually ran(!) to my room to grab the camera and the 45, couldn’t put my hand on the 45 immediately, so took this pic with the 40-150. Who would know the difference? Maybe I would, but I;m not sure.

40-150 with a Raynox c/u lens on it. It does c/u better than the 45 because of zoom flexiblity and longer focal length available.

Cheers, geoff

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