My first native prime has arrived !!!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Minniesmum, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

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    And it's TINY ! Petite... the Pana 14mm f2.5. Off out for a spin with it.
     
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  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Congrats Cath....U will love it
    Cheers
    bhupinder
     
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  3. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Congratulations! Enjoy!

    It is worth getting a lens hood (if you don't already have one) because, as with any wide angle lens, the 14mm will suffer from loss of contrast and flare if not shooting away from the sun. The filter size is 46mm which is quite large for such a tiny lens, and this enables you to use a lens hood designed for longer focal lengths without suffering from vignetting.

    Here is one that should work well. It is also ridiculously cheap:
    46mm Metal Lens Hood For Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 14mm 2.5 | eBay
     
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  4. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

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    Pics pics pics!

    - Eliot
     
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  5. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Pavel
  6. applemint

    applemint Mu-43 Veteran

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    I like the 'look' of the vented hoods though - I got one of these and it only took just over a week to arrive from China:
    46mm Metal Tilted Vented Lens Hood shade for Leica M LM black | eBay

    Another cheap other option is to use a 46mm-37mm step-down ring with a 37mm lens cap, for a very small hood to keep the size of the lens + hood compact, as shown here:
    Micro 4/3rds Photography: Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5

    (A step-down ring and lens cap only cost about £1 each (fleabay) so total cost of £2).
     
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  7. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    That hood would be a poor choice for his lens. A short hood for the 46mm filter thread will not give sufficient shading for the 14mm lens. You need something that comes closer to the angle of view.

    The vented hood I suggested gives exactly the right amount of shading. It also does not retain dust. I shoot a lot in dusty conditions and a vented hood is ideal.

    I think it also looks nice, enhancing the 'traditional rangefinder look' of the camera and lens. But I understand that people's tastes differ. :wink:
     
  8. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2012
    got this hood for my panny 14mm.... ebay special... I think it cost me like $8 USD

    here's a closer look at the hood....
     
  9. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Pavel
    I've both hoods and believe me vented one does retain dust mostly during storage. The only way to avoid it is placing lens cap inside the hood which is extremely difficult and awkward operation for me. When talking about protection and shading then in case of wide angle lens I mostly need mechanical protection and cover some indirect reflections, because there is always sun in or near the picture. Fortunately I am finding this little lens quite good against sun so I prefer compact and slim look giving me right amount of protection and shading.

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  10. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks all ! Just back home, it's dark now and I need a glass of wine to calm down my excitement Lol. LOVE it !

    I shot a lot of stuff at 2.5 in A priority to test it.Need to work out whether it's best to leave the camera set at single point AF or a broader range with it being wider angle and a prime....more test shots tomorrow.

    So far love the compactness which was my main reason for buying.
    Sorry guys but it's my most " girlie" lens so far !

    Will put some pics on my Flickr acct tomorrow evening.

    Cath
     
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  11. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

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    have to say the " rattlesnake " effect drove me nuts at first as thought the lens was faulty but now I know it's quite common...
     
  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi Cath
    Yes this lens is like an ultra miniskirt.. beautiful and sexy .. my Red EPL2 with PL25 mm 1.4 looks like Lady Gaga..hahhahah

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  13. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

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    Bhupinder you are just a tart ;) lol
     
  14. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

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    I'm a fan. :cool:
     
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  15. Adobres

    Adobres Mu-43 Regular

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  16. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks Cath
    Now as far as my knowledge goes , word 'tart' is used a slang in UK for different things .So please clarify which tart I am ? :rofl::rofl:
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  17. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

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    Heheh Bhupinder ! If you were a musician I'd say a " jam" tart as I call one of my male guitarist friends on our Monday evening jam nights....will have to think of an appropriate genre of tart to suit your photographic interests and medical profession ;) lol
     
  18. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Then you really should be more careful about how you store your equipment. Have a nice day.
     
  19. applemint

    applemint Mu-43 Veteran

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    Must admit I have never quite thought of mine that way before. :smile: Do you have a most macho lens too? :biggrin:

    It's quite a good little lens, I must get out and use it more often. Have been having fun experimenting with cheap manual focus legacy lenses recently though - must try and resist looking for more Minoltas on ebay.

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