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

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brentbrent Veteran Member • Posts: 4,689
Re: Panasonic vs Olympus : 42.5mm vs 45mm

I had the Oly 45 f/1.8 for quite a while but sold it after I acquired the 42.5 f/1.7 as part of a package deal. I took some shots with both lenses and thought the IQ was nearly identical, including the quality of the bokeh.

To me with Panasonic bodies, it came down to the 42.5 offering DFD autofocus and working with Dual IS on my cameras, neither of which work with an Oly body. The 42.5 also focuses closer and it comes with a hood and pouch, unlike the 45, so those items benefit any user.

Unless the closer focus distance matters to you or you think you might someday get a Panasonic body, I'd say buy the one that costs less.

For someone with a Panasonic body, I would recommend the 42.5 over the 45.

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