Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.7 Quick Impression Review

 

Actress Ivy Beech shot just before sundown. F1.8, 1/1000 secs, ISO 800 to increase shutter speed and compensate for super strong wind.

Actress Ivy Beech shot just before sundown. F1.8, 1/1000 secs, ISO 800 to increase shutter speed and compensate for super strong wind.

I’ve been on the look-up for a fast, mid-range prime for a time for both photography and video. I currently own two lenses; the Panasonic Leica 15mm 1.7 and the Panasonic 42.5mm 1.7. Both are fantastic. The 15mm is great as an all-purpose lens (especially in 4k becoming a ~35mm equivalent) and the 42.5mm while an oustanding portrait lens for still, becomes a bit too long in 4K (~100mm equivalent). I needed something in between and the 25mm 1.7 fitted the bill, quite literally really. Continue reading

Panasonic 15mm Review and Field Test For Portraiture

Quick disclaimer. I’m a portrait photographer and this is a wide angle lens which means it’s probably not that suited for creating flattering pictures of humans. The well-known “honey, you’re not fat, the lens really does add 100lb” is always useful in case you find yourself in trouble. Failing that, just make sure your subject weighs 30lb initially and you’re golden. Anyway…

Ivy Beech Bamboo

Took the 15mm for a spin with actress Ivy Beech. (Panasonic GX7, Leica 15mm 1.7, 1/800 sec, ISO 200 at f1.8)

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Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8 Quick Impression

Panasonic GX1, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, Olympus 45mm 1.8

Panasonic GX1, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, Olympus 45mm 1.8

I’ve had my eyes on this particular lens for a while now but always postponed its purchase, preferring to stay with the tried and true Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 almost exclusively for most of my work. Lately though, I craved an even more compact system and bought the Olympus 17mm f1.8. On the Panasonic GX1, the 17mm is great and pocketable but it lacks the versatility of the 25mm normal. In my case, it lacked the ability to take flattering close-up portraits . And that’s where the Olympus¬†45mm 1.8 comes in. And it’s awesome. Continue reading