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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Discussion

conrad 13 10.9k 116
8 May 2013 12:04PM
Oh, oops, yes, that's what I must have meant. I've looked at too many lenses recently, I think, I must be getting confused!

But about length - 75mm is the official portrait lens, seriously? I mean, that's an equivalent of 150mm!! (I still think in Canon focal lengths...) I would never have regarded 150 as an ideal portrait lens, I'd have looked more at lengths between 50/60 and 100, probably.

Makes me wonder if I have different ideas about portrait than other people. Hmmm. Something to think about.

So what would the most obvious use of the 30mm be?

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Carabosse Plus
14 40.9k 269 England
8 May 2013 12:31PM
Bearing in mind 30mm has the same FOV as 60mm on FF, it's more a general purpose lens, I would have thought.

I agree with you about the 75mm (FF=150). Outdoor portraits only methonks! Wink
brian1208 Plus
14 11.2k 12 United Kingdom
8 May 2013 12:36PM

Quote:The Oly 45mm is the portrait lens of choice for M4/3

for value for money yes, but I find I'm using my panny 35-100 more and more as a portrait lens and it gives stunning results, both in the studio and "in the field" (I shot a hairstyling session for a local Stylist last week and it performed beautifully. If I can get permission I may put up a few shots later)
conrad 13 10.9k 116
8 May 2013 1:02PM
Well, I've just read this EPZ article on the right focal lengths (interestingly, that was easier to find with Google than on EPZ itself) and this review of the 30mm (the one on EPZ doesn't much go into the different lens purposes), and it looks like the 30mm can be used for portraits without distortion (which seems to be the main consideration for focal lengths), but only when used from at least 0.8 metres distance (which, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be a problem, I don't think I'd want to come any closer than that).

On the other hand, a 45mm does have advantages in that it lets in more light and gives background blur in more situations. But it is more expensive.

I don't think I would want it any longer than that. I recently participated in a photo shoot as a model instead of as a photographer (completely new concept to me, very interesting, and a lot of fun), and the photographer used a 70-200 lens on a Canon 5D, but he was so far away that I sometimes couldn't hear his instructions and he had to walk over to me to repeat them. I don't think I would want to do that.
Paul Morgan 16 18.7k 6 England
8 May 2013 5:09PM
I`m looking forward to the Sigma 60mm f2.8, I don`t need macro so why pay extra for it and the 75mm is currently out of my reach financially.

The 60mm is placed quite closely in focal length to the once popular 135mm.

Quote:Does anyone have any practical experience with the Sigma 2.8 30mm and the Panasonic 1.8 45mm?

Not the 30mm but I have the 19mm, I think the 19mm is a far more useful length and its just fine for portraits and as a walkabout.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.5k 3 Canada
8 May 2013 5:23PM
I can say that I find the 60mm macro just a bit too long for shots of the kids around the house, but some of the head shots, or portraits, I guess you'd call them, turned out very well, some of my all time favs of the kids.

For a proper portrait lens on mft, I would think the 45mm f1.8 would be ideal, although I don't have one.

Paul Morgan 16 18.7k 6 England
8 May 2013 5:32PM
Yeh indoors and around the house a 60mm would be a little long.
I am struggling to understand how to set up multiple exposure. I want to be able to say have 10 RAW images. When I go to 'Frame
' I have just the option of off or 2f ?
Instruction are very unclear in the book, how you set it & use it.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.5k 3 Canada
9 May 2013 4:08AM
Are you talking about the PDF manual Peter?
I purchased the printed manaul as well
rogerfry 11 543 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 3:39PM

Quote:Has anyone here used these extension tubes.


If anyone wants to try extension tubes, but has been put off by the cost, I've just found these on Amazon for 31.00......maybe worth a go.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 3:51PM
Excellent. Thank you for the link.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.2k 12 United Kingdom
11 May 2013 5:16PM
I've had a few spare moments and was looking through some pics from my last HCT visit where I shot a few frames of the Herons in Reg's Meadow using my old Tamron SP 500mm mirror lens on the EM-5. Whilst not up to the quality of modern glass I don't think they came out too bad, I'd be interested to here what you think?






Carabosse Plus
14 40.9k 269 England
11 May 2013 5:42PM
Excellent! Smile
rogerfry 11 543 United Kingdom
11 May 2013 7:43PM
Nice shots Brian, particularly the penultimate one. The IS seems to be working well with that lens....what shutter speed were you using? (All hand held?)

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