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    @Louis: that Hoverfly and Agapantha is just FAB !
    @Ron: excellent dragonfly shot

    Here're another two to keep this thread going (again).
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    I've got to get one of these lenses... Great images folks!
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    Where did the 45mm lens people go? I miss the macro photos...

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    I still prefer my Zuiko macro 50 mm f2 ...

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    Bokeh comparison, ZD50 and PL45: http://m43photo.blogspot.com/2010/07...-and-pl45.html

    Sharpness comparison, PL45 and ZD50: http://m43photo.blogspot.com/2010/08...-and-zd50.html

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    Roman Snails

    GF-1 45/2.8

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    Unexpected

    Here's one just to keep the thread going. Did not see the little critter on the right until I processed the picture. A bee (I think) or it could be a hoverfly. All the more extraordinary as I was shooting at f3.2 deliberately to have a soft focus outside the main area.

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    A very good lens, also for architecture. Paris, Louvre, GF1

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    Very good shot and a great exposition of the versatility of this lens. Must use it myself in this way sometime.

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    Why this remains my favourite lens for macro photography.

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    I recently added the 45 to my camerabag. Together we stumbled upon some fall colours.





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    Marlof, well done - lovely crips colourful captures. Great lens, isn't it?

    Here's one today of Swans on the Regent's Canal in Camden Town, London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    GF-1 45/2.8

    Outstanding!

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    Before and after

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    Rose in November

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    iso 1250, f/5.6, 1/40, raw LR3, slight crop

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakieff View Post
    iso 1250, f/5.6, 1/40, raw LR3, slight crop

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    Bird of Paradise

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    Two birds of paradise crossing.

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    I just received this lens tonight and did a couple of test shots.


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    A casual snap of my son while playing in the snow a couple of days ago. Though many seem critical of the pl45, I'm really beginning to warm up to this lens. Relatively compact, lightweight, and very subtle and delicate rendering. A nice combo with the GF-1


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    Mark, nice portrait. We sometimes forget what a great all round lens the 45/2.8 is. Can't wait to try it out on my new GH-2

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    Great shot, Mark!

    I've never understood why people dis this lens. Is it just the stupid opinion published by DPR or what?

    The Macro-Elmarit 45mm is a great performer and is one of the few lenses on my "must have" list if I decide to get another mFT body.

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    Re: Fun with the Lumix/Leica 45 macro

    Louis and Godrey, thank you for your comments!

    What I've discovered is that those who bash it (mainly for price/lack of extreme bokeh) have only tested the lens for a short time, while anyone who has used the lens for an extended period seems to love it!

    While I am not much of a macro shooter, when I need a med-telephoto I enjoy the lens simply for its ergonomics, sharp and yet subtle drawing, and AF (currently the only m4/3 at this FL with it). The AF btw, is not slow at all when used for non-macro work, even on a GF-1.

    Glad to see that you are all enjoying it as well!

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    This is just lovely, Uwe. Simple and beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwon View Post
    The AF btw, is not slow at all when used for non-macro work, even on a GF-1.
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    I find that auto-focusing for macro work can also be actually precise when using the GF1 and GH2 (and maybe others), by selecting a single focusing point and reducing it to the smallest size.

    In the GH2, I mapped a Custom Fn button to Focus Area Set....makes it very easy to change the focus area size. Once you're there in AF, you can even go one step further and lightly touch the focus ring to zoom in and make those final corrections (if necessary).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Mark -

    I find that auto-focusing for macro work can also be actually precise when using the GF1 and GH2 (and maybe others), by selecting a single focusing point and reducing it to the smallest size.

    In the GH2, I mapped a Custom Fn button to Focus Area Set....makes it very easy to change the focus area size. Once you're there in AF, you can even go one step further and lightly touch the focus ring to zoom in and make those final corrections (if necessary).

    R
    Thanks for the tip Rich. I need to figure out a quick way to access the control on the GF1.

    A couple more from a short walk around the back.

    GF-1 + 45mm elmarit macro


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    Panasonic GH2 + Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Macro


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    EP2 with Lumix 45

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    EP2 with Lumix 45
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    Nice flowers, well done!
    Thank you.
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    In the 70th we had Nikon F2s and the 85mm and 105mm lenses were out favorite lenses. The 45mm reminds me of and even allows to get closer if needed.



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    Can anyone with a GH2 and 45mm macro lens comment on AF speed please, i just saw a AF speed demo on YT with an OLY EPL1 and 45mm macro and it was really slow to focus, i'm interested in the lens for my GH2 to shoot insects, but if the AF isn't fast enough its a non starter for me.

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    Can anyone with a GH2 and 45mm macro lens comment on AF speed please, i just saw a AF speed demo on YT with an OLY EPL1 and 45mm macro and it was really slow to focus, i'm interested in the lens for my GH2 to shoot insects, but if the AF isn't fast enough its a non starter for me.

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    When I first bought the 45mm macro, I had a GF1 and it was painful to lock AF with closeup subjects, but this is a problem with most macro lenses. But, it seemed worse with the GF1-45mm combo. I almost sold this lens because of the slow/hunting AF.

    Now that I have a GH2, no issues. It is like a new lens. I actually can get the GH2-45mm combo to lock focus faster than my Nikon d700-105mm VR combo. That is impressive.

    So, it seems like my 45mm has a new lease on life and it is not going anywhere. And just think, I almost sold it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roel View Post
    When I first bought the 45mm macro, I had a GF1 and it was painful to lock AF with closeup subjects, but this is a problem with most macro lenses. But, it seemed worse with the GF1-45mm combo. I almost sold this lens because of the slow/hunting AF.

    Now that I have a GH2, no issues. It is like a new lens. I actually can get the GH2-45mm combo to lock focus faster than my Nikon d700-105mm VR combo. That is impressive.

    So, it seems like my 45mm has a new lease on life and it is not going anywhere. And just think, I almost sold it...
    Cheers, thats good to hear, do you have any other m4/3 lens on your GH2 to make a comparison, like the 14-140 or 100-300, i have them both so an opinion on whether the 45mm is slower or equal to those would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark1000 View Post
    Cheers, thats good to hear, do you have any other m4/3 lens on your GH2 to make a comparison, like the 14-140 or 100-300, i have them both so an opinion on whether the 45mm is slower or equal to those would be helpful.

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    I have the 100-300mm ... I will check it out later and let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roel View Post
    I have the 100-300mm ... I will check it out later and let you know.
    Hi Roel, did you manage to test the 100-300 AF compared to the 45mm macro lens.

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    Nothing quite says spring like a nest of baby rabbits:



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    Amin what an exceptional and interesting couple of photographs. They must have been soundly asleep not to have been disturbed by you!

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    Some landscape photographs with the GH-2 and 45/2.8

    Millenium Dome


    Spans within a span (Blackfriars Bridge seen through Waterloo Bridge)


    Disused Millenium Mills, Silvertown, East London (used as a film set for Kubrik's "Full Metal Jacket")

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    Thanks so much, Louis. A couple of them tossed and turned a bit when they heard the shutter, but they stayed together and asleep .

    Love the shot of Millenium Mills. Lots of character, and I like the color treatment.
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