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OOS already.
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OOS already.
Minutes after I posted this.. sorry Frown
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Minutes after I posted this.. sorry Frown
At this price its no surprise. That is a smoking deal. I picked up the yi 42.5mm f1.8 at Amazon 2 days ago for $99 so not a huge loss.
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At this price its no surprise. That is a smoking deal. I picked up the yi 42.5mm f1.8 at Amazon 2 days ago for $99 so not a huge loss.
How's the yi lens? What body are you using? $99 seems like a bargain.
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How's the yi lens? What body are you using? $99 seems like a bargain.
I'm using an E-M10. I've only had about 10 minutes to play with it, and it was in a dark room with no tripod. I need some more time to make a proper assesment and compare it to some other lenses. I'll do a proper comparison between it and some other lenses this weekend and post results @ dpreview, or /r/m43.

Initial impressions :

-Based on the few shots I took, i feel it's almost as sharp as my Panny 25mm f1.7, and probably close to as sharp as my Oly 12-40 f2.8 @40mm (where that lens is weakest). But as I said, i need to do a proper comparison with a tripod to really evaluate.
-It's incredibly light. It's an all plastic lens. It feels a little cheap as a result, but also very portable! I didn't measure it, but it is a bit longer than the panny 25.
-It has no focus ring, so it's AF *only*. I keep my camera in AF+MF mode always, and I think this might come to annoy me when shooting up close. I noticed it hunting in low light when shooting subjects less than 1.5 meters away. I didn't have a chance to test AF in better lighting up close, i assume it will get better.
-It has a macro mode, similiar to the oly 12-50 3.5-6.3 lens (which I also have). I suspect all it does is limit focus, but i'm not sure. When i use the oly 12-50 in macro mode I use MF a lot. Generally i'll set it to minimum focus distance then just rock back/forth to find focus. That's not possible since this camera lacks MF controls as I mentioned above. If shooting flowers not a big deal, might be a big deal for bugs. Will test in better lighting to see if AF works better. But you don't buy a lens like this for close focusing primarily, but it's a nice to have.

Just based on my initial testing, I would argue it's a bargain @ $99. I don't have the olympus 45mm, but based on reviews i've read would probably have gone for it @ $174 over the Yi. If the oly drops to $174 again I might just buy it as well.
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I'm using an E-M10. I've only had about 10 minutes to play with it, and it was in a dark room with no tripod. I need some more time to make a proper assesment and compare it to some other lenses. I'll do a proper comparison between it and some other lenses this weekend and post results @ dpreview, or /r/m43.

Initial impressions :

-Based on the few shots I took, i feel it's almost as sharp as my Panny 25mm f1.7, and probably close to as sharp as my Oly 12-40 f2.8 @40mm (where that lens is weakest). But as I said, i need to do a proper comparison with a tripod to really evaluate.
-It's incredibly light. It's an all plastic lens. It feels a little cheap as a result, but also very portable! I didn't measure it, but it is a bit longer than the panny 25.
-It has no focus ring, so it's AF *only*. I keep my camera in AF+MF mode always, and I think this might come to annoy me when shooting up close. I noticed it hunting in low light when shooting subjects less than 1.5 meters away. I didn't have a chance to test AF in better lighting up close, i assume it will get better.
-It has a macro mode, similiar to the oly 12-50 3.5-6.3 lens (which I also have). I suspect all it does is limit focus, but i'm not sure. When i use the oly 12-50 in macro mode I use MF a lot. Generally i'll set it to minimum focus distance then just rock back/forth to find focus. That's not possible since this camera lacks MF controls as I mentioned above. If shooting flowers not a big deal, might be a big deal for bugs. Will test in better lighting to see if AF works better. But you don't buy a lens like this for close focusing primarily, but it's a nice to have.

Just based on my initial testing, I would argue it's a bargain @ $99. I don't have the olympus 45mm, but based on reviews i've read would probably have gone for it @ $174 over the Yi. If the oly drops to $174 again I might just buy it as well.
Great mini review.
Intriguing when you said it's almost as sharp as the Panny because I do have that Panny. But lacking focus ring is kinda a deal breaker for me because I do videos with MF.
Thanks again!
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Great mini review.
Intriguing when you said it's almost as sharp as the Panny because I do have that Panny. But lacking focus ring is kinda a deal breaker for me because I do videos with MF.
Thanks again!
The oly 45 is one of the best lenses in the system IMHO. Tiny, fast focus, great IQ.

I don't think it would be worth buying a 3rd party lens with a lot of tradeoffs just to save $75. I'd probably still go with a used ebay lens in the $200s....
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