Category Archives: Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH

2672 – Field Of Reeds

No images today, here’s one from early January instead. I’ve taken it in a park in Vienna. It was not particularly cold and neither was there snow. We used to talk of snow-less winters and the warmest January in ages. I guess, on average we’re back to normal 😀

The Song of the Day is the title song of the 2013 These New Puritans album “Field Of Reeds”. In certain aspects it reminds me of the Incredible String Band, in others … not at all. Anyway, interesting music. Hear it on YouTube.

2650 – Part Of The Machine

The weather here is sub-par and the question should not be what lens I buy next, but instead whether I need a camera at all 🙂

Here is an image taken more than a week ago and immediately rejected. In fact I only kept it at all because it was the only image of that day and I like to have at least one image per day, regardless of how bad it is.

In retrospect I think it is not so bad at all. Going to B&W did it for me.

The Song of the Day is “Part Of The Machine” from the 1987 Jethro Tull album “Crest Of A Knave”. Hear it on YouTube.

2649 – Double Cross

Here are some more images from last sunny Sunday, taken at the cemetery of Sternberg, the church on a rock above the fog.

These are likely among my last pictures with the Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH. The new Olympus 25/1.8 is rumored to be presented on January, 29, first leaked pictures of the lens are online, and it seems to be a plastic lens, in build more like the 45/1.8 than the 17/1.8. Well, if it is comparable in quality, I will certainly buy it, and if it is not, there’s always the Panaleica 25/1.4, waiting to be bought again 🙂

In the meantime I don’t care much. I’m back to the convenience of the 12-40/2.8 zoom, and apart from the fact that it is not as fast as the primes, it is second to none in quality.

The Song of the Day is “Double Cross” from Mary Coughlan’s 1985 debut album “Tired & Emotional”. Hear it on YouTube.

2648 – Heavens Above

When I set out to take images on a foggy day in Villach, I knew I would just have to drive up Mount Dobratsch, and regardless of how high the top of the fog is, 1700 meters are always enough.

But then, some bluish quality of light made me assume that the top of the fog couldn’t be very high and even a hundred meters would probably suffice. So it was.

I drove to Sternberg, a church on a rock between Velden and Villach, and though it was only hardly out of the fog, it was enough to make my day.

Of course I was not alone. The bench in front of the church was full of people enjoying the warm sun. While I was there, I took several images of the constantly rising fog. Three of them are here. They are not that different, but it’s really a sight that I can’t get enough of, especially at this time of the year.

The Song of the Day is “Heavens Above” from the much maligned Style Council album “The Cost Of Loving”. Hear it on YouTube.

2647 – Cool Blues

Isn’t this image cool? Way cool? Much too cool? 🙂

Yeah, it is, but interestingly enough it was boring until I intentionally used a much too low color temperature. Normally I don’t do this. In a way I regard the effect to be below myself. You see, I can be snobbish.

Here it simply works for me, giving me the feeling of a cold winter day.

The Song of the Day is the Charlie Parker classic “Cool Blues”. Hear it on YouTube.

2646 – The Water’s Edge II

This image was taken pretty much at the same place and time as “2642 – Muddy River Of Loneliness“.

And this lens? The Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH that I’ve been using for more than a week now? Keeper or not?

Well, it must go for a second time. I’ll sell it for the bargain price that I bought it, plus shipping. It’ll still be a bargain for the buyer.

Basically this is a fine lens. It fits better on the E-M1 than on the E-M5 or a PEN E-P2, it is quite resistant to flaring and ghosting, it is sharp, small, light and it makes pleasing images.

On the other hand it focuses very, very slowly. On the E-P2 this didn’t irritate me, the E-P2 was no speed wonder either. On the E-M5, before I sold this lens the first time, I was kinda used to it. Now it’s irritating.

Purple fringing is worse than slow focusing. I am no action shooter, thus slow focusing only slightly spoils the fun, but purple fringing sometimes spoils the image. Lightroom gets rid of it decently most of the time, but there are cases when you can’t help noticing it. That’s a problem and you can’t work around it.

For 145€? Why should I sell it? It’s still a steal, regardless of its few flaws!

Yes, it is, but then: it’s not in any respect better than the 12-40/2.8. It is “faster”, yes, but then it’s slower in an important and irritating way. Its sharpness is great, but not greater. Vignetting is worse, fringing is much worse. For a fixed focal length I’d expect more, thus even though it is small and light, this 300€ lens, normally going for around 200€ used, is available from me for 145€ plus shipping.

The Song of the Day is again “The Water’s Edge” by K.D. Lang And The Siss Boom Bang from the 2011 album “Sing It Loud”. Hear it on YouTube.

2644 – Sign On The Window

The viewfinder of the OM-D E-M1 is incredibly good, but with images like this one, I always have trouble framing them exactly as I want. You have to have exactly the right distance from your subject, the sensor plane must be exactly parallel to the window, the center of the image must be exactly in the center of the cross, and of course you have to be careful to not hold the camera at an angle.

You may forgive me or not, but that’s what Photoshop is for. “Edit / Transform / Skew”, you tug at the corners and in three seconds everything is nicely aligned. Peace of mind – I love it 😀

The Song of the Day is “Sign On The Window” from Bob Dylan’s 1970 album “New Morning”. Hear it on YouTube.

2643 – Brothers

I haven’t taken bicycle images in a long time. The place where I live now has fewer of them and I spend less time walking the streets.

Still, you’ve got to practice or you’ll rust, right? Well, here are two unlikely brothers in similar pose, one at the entrance of the building where I live, the other in the foyer of a jeweler’s shop. Don’t ask 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Brothers” by Bobby McFerrin and Rob Wasserman. Hear it on YouTube.

2642 – Muddy River Of Loneliness

I guess you know about my constant fascination with photographing directly into the sun. Yeah, I know, that’s what you’re supposed to not do, but really, I can’t help it 🙂

The Panasonic 20/1.7 (the lens that I have been using almost exclusively for a week now) has kind of a split personality when it comes to shooting into the sun. On the one hand it is pretty resistant to flares and ghosts, but on the other hand it shows strong purple fringing along high-contrast peripheral edges. Twigs against a sky are the classic situation.

In this case I could get rid of it in Lightroom fairly easy, in other cases the image suffers, sometimes badly. It’s supposed to happen much less often on Panasonic cameras, but I guess their magic is essentially the same as what I do in Lightroom. It was enough of a nuisance to make me sell the lens once, it may drive me that way one more time 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Muddy River Of Loneliness” from the 1998 Midnight Choir album “Amsterdam Stranded”. Hear it on YouTube.