Olympus 45mm F1.8 VS Nikon 1 32mm F1.2 – AF Speed Comparison

In my Olympus 45mm F1.8 VS Nikon 1 32mm F1.2 AF Speed Comparison I am comparing the AF speed of these two lenses in three different lighting conditions: daylight, low’ish indoor light (light coming from the window) and very low light.



Here are the exposure parameters:

– Daylight: F1.2, 1/1250s, ISO200 (a lot shorter shutter speed on Olympus OM-D E-M10, because I forgot to change ISO and left it on ISO3200)

– Low’ish light: F1.8, 1/200s, ISO3200 on Olympus OM-D E-M10 and F1.2, 1/500s, ISO3200 on Nikon 1 V1

– Very low light: F1.8, 1/60s, ISO3200 on Olympus OM-D E-M10 and F1.2, 1/125s, ISO3200 on Nikon 1 V1
There doesn’t seem to be much of difference between the AF speed of the Olympus 45mm F1.8 and Nikon 1 32mm F1.2, regardless of the lighting conditions. Of course, cameras also play their part in regard to AF performance, so this could test could look a lot different, if the lenses were used on latest and greatest micro 4/33 and Nikon 1 cameras (say Olympus OM-D E-M1II and Nikon 1 V3). Also, since both cameras use contrast AF (Nikon 1 V1 in low light), how fast they will focus also depends on the contrast in the scene and whether you as a user can identify high contrast edges and aim with the AF box in the direction of those high contrast edges.

Hopefully this video is useful to you. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments down below.

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