Before we get into the post – being totally honest here, I’ve had a real lousy few weeks health-wise. I usually have a few posts pre-scheduled because I know I have down times and sometimes brain fog will hit me full-force but I’ve used them all up. It really sucks as I’m feeling really motivated to create content with the new lens I got for my birthday last week. People seem to be really adoring the photos and whatnot that I’ve been putting out there too which makes it more difficult. Despite my desire to do so, I just haven’t got the energy right now to be constantly churning out top-notch blog posts so you may see a bit less content in the near-future as I’d rather there be less of it and it be really good than half-bothered write-ups and average photos.
Now I love taking photos and I did do an A level in Photography but this post is going to be extremely amateur. I’ve owned the Olympus E-PL7 for around 7 months now but it does take a little while to properly get used to a camera and know what works best. If you’re expecting technical jargon to do with ISO, aperture etc this will not be the post for you. I am definitely going to put a lot more time and effort into learning all the technical and manual things when I have less of a medication brain but right now I can barely retain the memory of what I had for breakfast so here we go!
As soon as I clicked the 45mm lens into place on the body, the first thing I noticed was just how incredible the bokeh is. If you read reviews anywhere on this lens, they will 9/10 times say the exact same thing. I really didn’t realise just how much I would fall in love with the effect though. It continues to baffle me every time I pick up my camera now and if I’m honest it kind of makes me want to sack off the kit lens for good…
The camera does have a few settings that help give the images a bit of the bokeh effect if you’re using the kit lens. The images turn out nicely but if I’m being honest they just don’t compare. I used the kit lens in the food photos on this post here where I think the images show quite a nice, subtle bokeh effect – I think it’s also dependant on the placement of the focal point in the photo. So the 45mm lens definitely wins on this occasion.
Another thing with the 45mm lens I noticed was just how naturally sharp and crisp the images were without any editing or changed settings, especially in the centre. The incredible quality does fade off ever so slightly in the outer corners of the images but it’s nothing too noticeable. The kit lens produces lovely sharp images too and the quality stays the same in the entire frame but as I’ve also said in my last point, it just doesn’t compare in my eyes. With the 45mm lens you’ll also notice it’ll often have one or two focal points and the kit lens has a more overall focus on most things in the image.
As the 45mm is a fixed lens, it’s much more wide and open which lets a lot more natural light in too. I imagine if you’re working with manual settings this would perfect! I do prefer the more textured images the 45mm lens creates but it’s all dependant on what kind of photographs you’re looking to take as to which lens would be more suitable in this case.
Okay so the downsides – for one it is a fixed lens which means you are essentially the zoom in/out button. I didn’t actually realise just how close up it was going to be when choosing it and there have been quite a few occasions where I’ve taken my camera out to capture a shot and realised I need to be standing about 7 metres back to actually get everything in. For this reason, I’d probably only recommend this lens if you’re looking to do things like product shots. A lot of people say it’s good for portraiture but you’d have to make sure you have plenty of space to be shooting in as otherwise you’re just going to get some lovely close-ups of their nose.
The kit lens is pretty useful and standard for all sorts of shots as the zoom range is pretty decent. It’s great for getting family photos and ones of pretty landscapes and sunsets. It’s completely fine to use for product shots too, I’ve been using it in all my blog posts since November! I just personally feel they need a bit of adjusting, cropping and editing to get them to their full potential.
Overall, I don’t think I could pick which I prefer between the two as I use both for completely different things despite only having them for a week. For product or more professional photos I’d definitely say the 45mm but for every day use the kit lens is a lot more diverse and beginner-friendly. I feel like I’ve got a bit of a bug for this photography thing now and am currently saving up for some wider angled lenses so I can still get some beautiful textured shots but on a bigger scale. If you want to see more of the shots I’ve been taking, I’m quite active over on Instagram here. Alternatively, if you’d like to take a look at or purchase the 45mm lens, you can find it here*.
If you have any questions to do with the lens or my camera please don’t hesitate to ask. What camera do you take your photos on? Are there any Olympus lenses you’d recommend me investing in?