Pana-Leica 45/2.8 macro

pawzitiv

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Along with the 20/1.7, this is a must-have lens!

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GF1; PL 45/2.8 macro; f/5; 1/60sec; ISO 250
 

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I would love this lens but they priced it out of my price range.

I hope the Olympus macro prime comes in under $500.
 

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Very nice shot. :thumbup: Don't do this to me, I might succumb to GAS which is already in overdrive due to the announcement of the GH2! :eek:
 

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Arie,
Welcome...
Nice images and I guess you see that many here would love the 45 2.8,
including me...
Maybe we could work out a joint custody agreement...
Shooter
 

pawzitiv

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Thanks, everyone.

Yes, 'tis a lovely lens equally at home with portraits as it is with macro work. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes! Be patient, shop overseas or in the micro 4/3 fora and you'll likely find one around the $750 range like I did.

My only complaint about this lens is that the bokeh sometimes gets a little bit "busy" .. depending on focused distance and aperture. In this regard, it's no Voigtlander Apo-Lanthar (speaking of expensive!)
 

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I'd like to see some portraits done with it. That's what would sell me on it, really.
 

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It's kind of sharp as a portrait lens.

Here's a reverse portrait ;-)
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(full size)
She liked this one a lot.

Here's a closeup:
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At f/2.8, and this close up, his whole face is not in focus.

I don't think I'd use this lens for a portrait of someone my own age. I'd rather use an older lens, that softens the image a bit.
 

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Just got mine this afternoon - a sample of the usual "test the new lens out on the cat/dog". Handheld ...

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robbie36

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For those of us who cant justify US$800 on a prime, there is a very easy answer. The Canon FD 50/1.4. Good quality ones are US$100 on Ebay. It is slightly smaller, weighs the same and is quite a bit faster. Of course it is manual focus but well you cant have everything but it is a lot of bang for your buck.

There is a 1.2L which makes the Nocktor look ridiculous but it is heavier and much pricier. If M 4/3 takes off these lenses arent going to be around for long - the quality ones. The 1.2L is basically like a 85 1.2L for the SLRs and that lens costs US$2000.

BTW here a couple of pics off the web taken with the 1.2L attached to the G1.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=32915768
 

Siejones

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I am loving mine too but I do wish someone would supply us with some proper micro four thirds extension tubes that allow aperture control :(
 

walt_tbay

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Well, I just picked up this lens in an eBay auction from a fellow in Anchorage, Alaska. I bought the lens on Monday, so imagine my surprise when it arrived at my home in Canada on Friday. Gotta love it :2thumbs:

I decided to spend the weekend trying it out. Here few shots I took in my travels today.

A flower that I received as a "thank you" from a friend.

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A strawberry from a bowl that I ate at lunch.

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A broach that's pinned to a pillow at a friend's house.

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The Oriental Mandarin Salad I had at dinner.

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I decided to spend a couple of hours on Sunday at the local museum and took these shots. Most of them were taken with my GF2 set at ISO 400 with the lens set at f2.8. The camera was hand held with shutter speeds ranging from 1/4 to 1/60 sec.

These are some antique medicines that are on display in the "Doctor's Office" exhibit.

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A shelf of products from the "Merchantile" exhibit.

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A couple of medals from the "Military" exhibit. The first has a profile of King George V and the second Queen Victoria.

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A close-up shot of a rock in the "Mining" exhibit.

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An old fashioned bicycle.

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Finally, I went for a walk and took this shot of the angel that stands atop of a war memorial in a Catholic church yard.

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Overall, I'd have to say I'm very impressed with the performance of this lens, particularly when used as a macro lens. I think I'll be using it a lot.

Oh I almost forgot. Here's a shot of the GF2 with the lens attached.

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This lens has grown on me like no other. I love it as a general walkaround lens and find it great for portraits, macro, and even action shots of the kids.

I've shown this one before, a casual indoor portrait of my dad:

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walt_tbay

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Terrific set of images, Walt. Looks like the new lens suits you well!
Thanks Amin. Based on these and the other photos I took this past weekend, it's quickly becoming one of my favourite lenses. I've mainly used it for macro work so far and next weekend I'm going to look for a sporting event to try it out on. At this point I haven't used it for any portraits, but will need to give it a try. That's a great photo of your dad. :bravo-009:
 

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Here's a photo of a bicycle that someone chained to a tree. The snow started falling mid-afternoon, which was a pity since it was almost all gone. The photo was taken with a GF2 and the PanaLeica 45mm. ISO set at 100, exposure 1/125 sec at f2.8.


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