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

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mingjai Senior Member • Posts: 1,402
Re: Drop $350 on a 45mm prime when you've already got the 14-42mm kit lens?

j y g wrote:

The Oly E-PM2 kit comes with the (non-X) 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. I'm eyeballing the Oly 45mm f/1.8. Surely the 45mm is much better quality, and f/1.8 is very convenient. But I'm thinking of the wisdom of having a 42mm-capable lens and then spending $350 on a 45mm prime lens, over 80% of the kit itself. (Obviously I'm not a pro, and I have a less than liberal budget). The f/1.8 sure would help in doors, but is 45mm on MFT short enough of a focal length to take photos in doors such that I wouldn't feel cramped when trying to compose?

The irony here is that the body-only E-PM2 sells for more than the kit


To illustrate the difference you would experience with the apertures, here are examples of the same shot with the 45mm/1.8 lens at f/1.8 and f/4 from my bokeh comparison gallery on this site (compares the highlight bokeh of MZD 45mm/1.8, ZD 50mm/2, Lumix 45-200mm, Hexanon 40mm/1.8 and FD 50mm/1.4). I don't have f/5.6 images in this series unfortunately, but the comparison between a f/5.6 and f/1.8 image would be even more stark.

Of course, only you can determine if the difference is worth the $350:

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