Olympus Pen F 40mm 1.4 comments

Started Sep 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Letsgokoulos Senior Member • Posts: 2,210
Re: Olympus Pen F 40mm 1.4 comments

absh wrote:

Ordered one on ebay for just over $200 inc. shipping. Should be here in a week, can't wait to try it.

It arrived today. Quite a bit heavier than the 38/1.8 model, slightly longer. Unlike the 38/1.8, the 40/1.4 is truly usable wide open, but of course not for landscape shots. Should be good for portraits and close distance shots in low light situations.

Best sharpness is achieved at f/4 to f/8 (can't tell precisely, because my tripod isn't with me now). It will be very interesting to do a series of shots of the same scene with both 38mm and 40mm lenses at every aperture setting. I'll do that when I get my tripod back.

One thing that I definitely dislike is the shape of the aperture hole at f/2. It can ruin bokeh at an otherwise very usable setting, although I have yet to take some real photos to see that.

Here are some examples shot wide open (unless otherwise specified) and a series of stopped down shots: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97009285@N02/sets/72157638729267264/

So far it looks like it's gonna be a nice drop-in upgrade over the 38mm f/1.8 version.

I will be very interested into seeing some outdoor comparisons shots between the 38mm and the 40mm, mainly wide open.

I really like the 38mm, and have so far refrained from purchasing the 40mm, thinking it would not be much better than the 38mm. In fact, I need to be convinced of its usage wide open and on the quality of the bokeh...


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