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    Buying a portrait lens

    In my DSLR days I had a fast 85mm lens for doing portraits whilst I was interviewing people.

    I've yet to get one for my m 4/3 gear. My 20mm is too wide. My medium (kit) zoom is too slow. I am currenlty using a GH2.

    As I see it in the UK there are three alternatives:-

    The 25mm f1.4 at around 440 UKP. Fast but a bit wide.

    The 45mm f2.8 at around 500 UKP. The initial thought.

    Then I spotted the Olly 45mm f1.8 which is only about 230 UKP.

    Suddenly there was only one alternative. The Olly.

    Has anyone owned the Panny and the Olly 45mm and found a noticeable difference to warrant the price variance?

    Tony

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    Re: Buying a portrait lens

    I owned two copies of the Panny; and now have the Oly 45/1.8. Small, sharp, brilliant. Definitely no IQ differences in my copies (I used the Panny 45s for macro as well as portraits).

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    Re: Buying a portrait lens

    The Olympus 45mm 1.8 is phenominal, pick it up. You won't regret it.

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    Re: Buying a portrait lens

    Thanks Guys,

    Shopping tomorrow.

    Tony

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    Re: Buying a portrait lens

    No brainier - oly 45/1.8. Sweet little lens. Not as brutally sharp as the 25/1.4 but I may like the colors a bit better. A deal at the price.

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    Re: Buying a portrait lens

    I still own both, and left aside the macro capabilities of the Panaleica, I prefer the Oly 45/18 over the Pana 45/2.8, which is still a very good lens, BTW.

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