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A day out with the Summilux 25mm (pic-heavy)

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by sprinke, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Last week I acquired the PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4 from another forum member. After a couple of days of fooling around with it, I wasn't quite sure that I really had a handle on the lens' capabilities, so I decided to challenge myself and bring only that one lens on an extended day outing. Normally for such a trip I would bring at least two lenses, one of which would be the 14-140mm, because I like to be prepared. So restricting myself to a single normal prime was a different experience for me.

    First we went to a kid's birthday party. The morning was overcast so it was excellent to show off the wider side of the lens.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6891638982/" title="Dean - car seat by debit72, on Flickr"> 6891638982_2da9de652d_z. "640" height="640" alt="Dean - car seat"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7037784965/" title="Matthew and his birthday cake by debit72, on Flickr"> 7037784965_40aa5b5044_z. "480" height="640" alt="Matthew and his birthday cake"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7037760213/" title="A private moment by debit72, on Flickr"> 7037760213_cfe634cc81_z. "640" height="480" alt="A private moment"></a>

    Then we went to Legoland California, where they were having Star Wars Days. The sun came out while we were there.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7037824469/" title="Life-Size Lego Darth Vader by debit72, on Flickr"> 7037824469_4b7c30260d_z. "480" height="640" alt="Life-Size Lego Darth Vader"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7037845239/" title="Clone Captain by debit72, on Flickr"> 7037845239_8cdc55bd05_z. "480" height="640" alt="Clone Captain"></a>

    I took a bunch of pictures of the newly expanded Star Wars Miniland. Do you recognize these scenes?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894939652/" title="Endor - Assault on the Shield Generator by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894939652_effdfdc847_z. "640" height="480" alt="Endor - Assault on the Shield Generator"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894943608/" title="Vader arrives on Endor by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894943608_074966b9d4_z. "640" height="360" alt="Vader arrives on Endor"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894945816/" title="Battle of Naboo by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894945816_2eab0c57d5_z. "640" height="480" alt="Battle of Naboo"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7041051101/" title="Execution on Geonosis by debit72, on Flickr"> 7041051101_94e5f75e57_z. "640" height="360" alt="Execution on Geonosis"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894967512/" title="Battle on Kashyyyk by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894967512_54e81fde0a_z. "640" height="427" alt="Battle on Kashyyyk"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894974790/" title="Scout on Speeder Bike by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894974790_ebfc2811e9_z. "640" height="360" alt="Scout on Speeder Bike"></a>

    Some of the scenes were in both bright sun and shade, so I used exposure bracketing and did a couple of HDR shots.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894979494/" title="Mos Eisley Cantina by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894979494_035cbf10eb_z. "640" height="360" alt="Mos Eisley Cantina"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7041078375/" title="Battle of Naboo by debit72, on Flickr"> 7041078375_a29c16ef06_z. "640" height="427" alt="Battle of Naboo"></a>

    More fun in the park.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7041088529/" title="Dean hangs with R2-D2 by debit72, on Flickr"> 7041088529_fc962f7452_z. "480" height="640" alt="Dean hangs with R2-D2"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6894997726/" title="Waiting in line by debit72, on Flickr"> 6894997726_7e1aa061ff_z. "640" height="427" alt="Waiting in line"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7041094825/" title="Fishing for Dragons by debit72, on Flickr"> 7041094825_2ed4f16944_z. "640" height="427" alt="Fishing for Dragons"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/6895001646/" title="We all scream for ice cream by debit72, on Flickr"> 6895001646_35fe972799_z. "640" height="640" alt="We all scream for ice cream"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7041101057/" title="Dean's new friends by debit72, on Flickr"> 7041101057_c3e18a844e_z. "640" height="640" alt="Dean's new friends"></a>

    And on the way back to the freeway, I got this HDR shot of the Carlsbad Flower Fields.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/debit72/7041105033/" title="Carlsbad Flower Fields HDR by debit72, on Flickr"> 7041105033_16c0a2eb28_z. "640" height="479" alt="Carlsbad Flower Fields HDR"></a>

    That's all! So, do you think I put the lens through its paces?
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  2. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Nice set.
    I find the first image to be excellent.

    This lens is quite capable.
  3. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Thanks Sprinkle
    Nice set.I have this lens but my heart beats only for Oly 45 mm 1.8 . I will post some pics soon from this lens .
  4. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    ooowwww... no Chewie?

    btw, great set of photos, sprinke!
  5. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Great shots! I love the PL25, and wouldn't bring my camera anywhere without it...

    If you didn't mention it, I wouldn't be able to tell that some of your shots were HDR... well done!
  6. Very nice shots from a very nice lens. I will confess a slight aversion to out-of-focus foreground details, but that's just me. The protraits look great; sharp where they need to be, soft where they don't. I haven't used my PL25 a great deal yet, but just enough to know that it is a seriously good lens.

    How lucky are you, visiting some kind of heaven on earth where dudes wear stormtrooper outfits and recreate Star Wars scenes out of Lego just because they can.

    Yes, but I refuse to recognise anything that didn't come out of Episodes IV, V and VI.
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  7. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Chewie is in one of the shots; he is atop the AT-ST walker in front of the bunker on Endor.
  8. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    live so close but have yet to visit.
    "Star wars miniland" changes everything.

    And im with luckypenguin:
    i recognize endor, tatooine, and bespin. The rest can be on the countryside of France...
  9. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    he is very well camouflaged then... :smile:
  10. Hey, which one did you think was Bespin? Aside from France I thought I was seeing all Endor plus the Mos Eisley Cantina.

    Foiled by the bokeh wookiee!
  11. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Entertaining series Debi. I love the tone and texture of the moss on the photo that appears to be starring a war between lego figures. Slight HDR maybe?

    Forgive my ignorance, but what are those funny figures called? I've seen them in the toy store before.
  12. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    There is Endor, Tatooine, Naboo, Geonosis, and Kashyyyk (the Wookiee planet).
  13. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    The Lego minifigures? Or the characters from Star Wars? In the battle scene (yes, that was HDR) there are Gungans on the left and battle droids on the right.
  14. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California

    Had to gut-check my sw nerds real quick. :cool: 

    (Honestly: I saw a floating platform then realize shuttle Tyderium was never on Bespin)

    Ok, move along now...nothing to see here.

    Will you consider adopting a child well over thirty?
    My favorite color is red.
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  15. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    One of the best things so far about being a parent is sharing the stories I loved as a child with my son. I can't wait until he can read.
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