Cameras & Lenses

This time, I would like to talk about the lens I bought for the title of this article.

Due to the order of publication, the recent articles are arranged in a rather strange way, and you may be getting the impression that this idiot just buys lenses without any context to the subject, without taking any pictures at all.

The “idiot” is the most accurate comment you could make, but I’ll skip the rest of the article because it would be too long to explain, but we are managing our lens assets with a certain amount of context and moderation.

I wanted a bright wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds, so I got a 15mm Pana-Leica lens.

Recently, I have been taking my GF10 out for a lot of snapshots, and while I like the fact that it is extremely compact, lightweight, and easy to use, the camera has no image stabilization function on the body, so it is quite prone to blurring.

First thing, the majority of the causes can be attributed to my loose shooting posture and camera hold, so in short, I just need to be careful. The second thing I thought, why not carry a bright single focal length lens instead of a dark kit zoom for snapshots? I already have a 25mm f/1.7 and a 45mm f/2.8, so I thought a 15mm f/1.7 on the wider angle side would balance things out.

As usual, I looked for a used one at a reasonable price and got this one.

There is nothing incongruous about mounting this on the tiny GF10. It is nice to have a minimum f-stop of 1.7 with this minimal size. Since it lacked the original hood, I put a third-party Leica-like hood over the thin-framed protective filter. I was worried about vignetting, but actually no problem. On the other hand, it seems to have almost no light shielding effect, but I hope it will protect the lens a little.

I wonder how the images will turn out. I am curious about it.
I took a few test shots right away. For the convenience of the setup, I attached it to the G99 instead of the GF10 in the photo at the top.

I took a good shot of the size and texture of the half-pipe ceiling of the atrium in the building.

An outdoor scene under a blue sky. The inorganic feel of the metal objects in the foreground contrasts nicely with the greenery by the water.

Since the lens is so bright, I did a little test to see how much bokeh I could create.

This is a wide-angle lens, but with this level of perspective, you can get a good bokeh, soft and quite beautiful.

So, here is the story of my new friend for micro four thirds photography, the Pana-Leica 15mm, and how I took it.

I am still having a hard time “taking pictures” until the heat dies down.