Tag Archives: Lens

3324 – Mine Is Number 00141

For a change, here is a fairly recent image, taken with my new Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95. I finally got it. Manual focusing, yes, that’s tedious, but when you decicate one camera preset to manual focus, it is pretty easy.

My manual lens mode is configured as M-mode, automatic white balance, fixed ISO 200, one function button set to enter 14 x zoom in the viewfinder, half-press of the shutter button to exit zoom. Focus and clickless aperture are set on the lens, the rear wheel varies shutter speed. If I need exposure compensation (which is not available in the E-M1’s manual mode), I switch a lever and get ISO on the front wheel. I may play around a little more and find an even better configuration, but for now that is what I use.

2636 – Surprise

Remember a few days ago that I wrote I’d probably buy the once sold Panasonic Leica DG SUMMILUX 25/1.4 ASPH anew?

Well, I didn’t, but – surprise, surprise – I made the somewhat crazy move of buying the equally once sold Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH anew. A local electronic chain sold it off for 145€. It’s the old version and the price was about 40% of what the new version costs. All tests conclude that old and new version are essentially the same. Currently the old version sells used for about 200€. See why I bought it?

On the E-M5 this lens always felt a little awkward. The E-M5 was slightly narrower than the E-M1, with less space between grip and lens barrel, and while this lens is light and short, it has a comparatively big diameter. In other words, there was not much space for my fingers and that was uncomfortable. Not so on the E-M1. But, of course, the lens still focuses slow as molasses 🙂

I have no idea whether I’m gonna keep it or again sell it once the Olympus 25/1.8 (rumors now pretty much confirmed!) is available. In any case it was a bargain and it is guaranteed to either sell for at least what I paid, or to be worth its money if I decide to keep it.

The Song of the Day is “Surprise” from the 1999 album “Millionaires” by James. Hear it on YouTube.

2385 – Love For Sale

I like this lens, but I don’t use it. It is the widest rectilinear lens for Micro Four Thirds, not as wide as the Sigma 8-16 was on the D300, but at an equivalent focal length of 14 mm it is wide enough. In fact it is too wide for what I like these days. I’ve used it in 9 blog posts since I bought it in December, and while it is light compared to ultra-wide lenses for DSLRs, I still feel the pull of its 330 g in my bag. Therefore I’ll put it up for sale today 🙂

And then? Well, I may buy the Olympus 9-18. It weighs less than half, and while it is not as good as the Panasonic, it may suffice in those cases when 12 mm are not wide enough. On the other hand, I may as well wait for some time and see how I do without an ultra-wide lens.

The Song of the Day is “Love For Sale” from the 1986 Talking Heads album “True Stories”. Hear it on YouTube.

2232 – Inevitable

Well, you already knew how it looks like and this is not even a good product shot, but anyway.

In a comment a few days ago, John Griggs gave me the good advice to not disregard the Panasonic Leica DG SUMMILUX 25/1.4 ASPH, and of course I took it to heart 🙂

No images with, only an image of the lens on my camera. Does it rattle? Bet it does. Does it make gorgeous images? Bet it does. Is it better than the 20/1.7? Sure it is. For the money it must be, but surprisingly it is “more better” than it is more expensive, if you know what I mean. Normally it’s the other way round, normally you pay dearly for small improvements, but here you pay modestly for a big deal. Highly recommended.

And besides, as much as I love these wonderfully retro-looking metal lenses Olympus makes, this one looks exactly like it has been made for a black OM-D. Or vice-versa.

The Song of the Day is “Inevitable” from Shakira’s 1998 album “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”. Love it when she sings Spanish! Hear it on YouTube.