Panasonic vs Olympus : 15mm vs 17mm, 42.5mm vs 45mm

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Loga Senior Member • Posts: 1,874
Re: Panasonic vs Olympus : 15mm vs 17mm, 42.5mm vs 45mm
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Och Elo wrote:

Eric Nepean wrote:

Och Elo wrote:

Jumped back into M43 recently and realized how compact the whole system can be, so I want to round out a kit of primes.

I already have the 25mm 1.7 Panny.

I need a prime that's wider, and one that's portrait length, so it's one of the above lenses. I have an OMD EM10ii.

The 45/1.8 has a field that curves towards the camera at the edges, increasing the background blur. This is a plus if your composition has background at edges, e.g. a portrait, but may be undesireable in other compositions.

The 42.5/1.7 has a flatter field.

The 42.5 has OIS and the 45/1.8 does not. This may or may not matter dependng on the camera you are using.

Oh, didn't know that about the Oly lens. That's actually a plus for me as probably 95% of usage of such a lens would be portraits.

If you aim to shot portraits, then I suggest the Oly 45 f1.8 all above. It has a very nice image quality, and smoother bokeh than the Panny 42.5 f1.7. The Panny is more like a general tool with OIS and shorter minimal focus distance, however, it has harsher, and swirly bokeh. So as a specialized portrait tool, the Oly is better, no question.

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