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    Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Based on SLRGEAR charts one could believe 45/1.8 is sharper in corners than Zuiko 50.2 once aperture starts closing down,

    Many people claim 50/2 is sharper than 45/2.8.

    Yet according to photozone.de 45/1.8 tested less sharp than 45/2.8.

    So something is not adding up here.

    From your personal _hands on experience_ with these lenses what would be correct? I am looking for something that will be as flat and sharp corner to corner as possible.

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    What does not add up is the magnification for which these lenses are optimized and tested for by various review outfits.

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    I thought this was a really interesting article and could explain some variation between conclusions:

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/733...-and-fallacies

    From this comparison of the two m4/3 lenses, both seem to perform equally well, at least enough that I doubt I would notice a difference between the two at similar apertures:

    http://m43photo.blogspot.com/2011/10...onic-45mm.html

    The Olympus seems to be a better portrait lens due to wider aperture and round bokeh, but the Panasonic works as a phenomenal macro lens.

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by ggibson View Post
    The Olympus seems to be a better portrait lens due to wider aperture and round bokeh, but the Panasonic works as a phenomenal macro lens.
    Yes, and I guess that's why I ended up with both. I use the Olympus more, but that's just because I don't do macro type of shots a lot. But when I do, I'm always very happy to have kept the 45 2.8.

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    As someone else pointed out, flat-field and sharp corner to corner at what subject distance? That makes all the difference in the world - especially when talking about lenses that may have been optimized for macro...

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    What does not add up is the magnification for which these lenses are optimized and tested for by various review outfits.
    Thank you, that makes sense. So, what would be your hands on experience with these lenses?

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by ggibson View Post
    I thought this was a really interesting article and could explain some variation between conclusions:

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/733...-and-fallacies

    From this comparison of the two m4/3 lenses, both seem to perform equally well, at least enough that I doubt I would notice a difference between the two at similar apertures:

    http://m43photo.blogspot.com/2011/10...onic-45mm.html

    The Olympus seems to be a better portrait lens due to wider aperture and round bokeh, but the Panasonic works as a phenomenal macro lens.
    Thank you!

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by kwalsh View Post
    As someone else pointed out, flat-field and sharp corner to corner at what subject distance? That makes all the difference in the world - especially when talking about lenses that may have been optimized for macro...
    Thank you for reminding me I skipped on obvious fact I should have mentioned about my use scenario. I am looking at scenes that are say from 5 to 25 feet away.

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    5 to 25 feet away. Buy the 45/1.8. Well made, tiny, sharp and the fastest of the bunch. In addition , it is cheap. If unsure, go to shop near you and try it out yourself like I have done.

    The 50/2 is fantastic. It is fabulous on film. Terrible waste on the m4/3rds and needs an adapter plus stop down plus manual focus. Only plus side is that it can used with movements (suitable adapter needed).

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    5 to 25 feet away. Buy the 45/1.8
    I already have 45/1.8 and I do like it, but I am looking for something (if it exists) sharper across plane and even more "flat".

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Why would you want a flatter field lens? Document copying?

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Why would you want a flatter field lens? Document copying?
    I'm in love with shots of shapes like architectural elements (whether doors, windows ..) and similar.

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Are sure you are not missing the perspective distortion coming into play in your shots?

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Are sure you are not missing the perspective distortion coming into play in your shots?
    I do not understand whatexactly you are trying to ask me / tell me. Can you please elaborate?

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    Re: Oly m43 45/1.8 vs. Oly 4/3 Zuiko 50/2 Macro vs. Panny m43 45/2.8 Macro

    I do not specialize in doors and windows. The very few times I pointed in that direction, I only had kit zooms (by coincidence) on the cams. I had no problems whatsoever with them.


    Untitled by Vivek Iyer, on Flickr

    (taken with the 18-55 version 1 Nikon kit zoom).

    You may check if you are pointing your camera right. Buy a 3 way spirit level to help you with that.

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