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In 2018 I used the GX85 and Panasonic 42.5 f/1.7 prime for my annual Las Vegas Strip time lapse video (time lapse is photography turned into video). IN the past they were shot with a DSLR. Nevertheless, the MFT is quite capable to do night time lapse and video in low light with f/1.7 primes.
 

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1/60th, f/2.0, ISO 400 on an Olympus E-M1 Mk1

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Cross-posted from the Travel forum (but with different editing).

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A small behind the scenes clip off the 42.5 on my GH4 while they were resetting a scene on the other side of the room for another take.

 
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Some photos from my new arrival - interesting to use, and it's the first time I have had a fast lens to play with; I can see there will be a learning curve for sure. I've bought it primarily for indoor tennis, but can see it being put to use for a variety of things!

This is Evie, our little JR girl whose second litter we have just finished finding homes for. She is happy to be back in the sun, far from the daily 'slop and lick' daily grind of a seven-pup litter....
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A wee go with a Raynox 250 on the nose. A bit late in the season but there are still a few things about. This is a firebug, a.k.a la gendarme in France, tucking into a hibiscus seed pod....
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This our garden gate, rusted in place for years. I was amazed by this rendition of it....
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Autumn leaves on the gable end of the house....
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Mrs M trying to outfox the kids on the table-tennis table....
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And lastly a random B&W from a hedge. I can see the 42.5 being a great garden lens, both for flowers and insects. It'll certainly be good for largish things like bees and butterflies, as others have pointed out....
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Any comments on technical things would be appreciated if you see something untoward with my settings and stuff. I loved this on the wife's GM5 - what a competent tiny outfit.
 

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GX80. P42.5mm. Hazelnut.
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Just went through this entire thread. I'm not seeing the purple fringing that seems to be an issue with this lens. A lot of the exif isn't showing, but on those it is, even the wide open shots appear to be clean. Are you guys cleaning them up in post, or is the warning over-exaggerated? I'm thinking about adding this one. Some of the shots in here are really nice.
 

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Just went through this entire thread. I'm not seeing the purple fringing that seems to be an issue with this lens. A lot of the exif isn't showing, but on those it is, even the wide open shots appear to be clean. Are you guys cleaning them up in post, or is the warning over-exaggerated? I'm thinking about adding this one. Some of the shots in here are really nice.
I haven't looked for it, but I have also not felt there was any issue when I have used it. A quick search for PF on this lens, and I came across some articles about PF on Oly bodies. As I shoot a G80, perhaps it's corrected in post or something. Maybe someone with this lens and an Oly body could chime in? Topic might need a new thread, though.
 

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It's discussed throughout the thread. A simple answer will suffice, but feel free to move this if need be.
You've piqued my curiosity on this one, because I've never seen an issue with this lens --

Searching through this thread, I found 2 instances related to "purple" or "pf": Post #92 on page 5, where it is said this lens has "more pf in the highlights than the Oly 60mm macro" (which makes sense) and notes "especially on an Oly body" and post #216, page 11, where this lens is said to have "half" the purple fringing fo the Nocticron. So if that's any indication, I think it is a low pf-lens.

Searching for internet reviews, pf seems again to be a near non-issue: Lenstip, as an example, reports very low CA with this lens. Imaging Resource reports the same. (same with Photography Blog and ePhotozine) Only Cameralabs reports pf that I've found, but of a kind I have never personally seen in this lens, and makes me wonder what lens Gordon was actually testing.

Personally, I have not felt it exhibited any kind of pf issue in my work with this lens. I HAVE had issues with the PL25/1.4, as an example. But not this lens.

I went through the my keepers I have in LR from this lens, and spectral highlights generally look like this (shot in RAW with all adjustments removed from LR).

Hope this all helps in your decision. As you might gather, I am a big fan of the 42.5/1.7!

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The information I've seen reports that it only occurs when used wide open. I agree that it isn't evident in any of the photos, which is why I asked if people were correcting it in post, or if the early reviews were too harsh. Thanks for the response, it doesn't appear to be an issue.
 

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