Showcase Panasonic Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro Elmarit

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Yes, it sort of makes the picture more interesting. The sign is supposed to mean "end of pedestrian street"! And I really did not have to wait for the couple to come. I just saw the picture and made one image, which is this one just lightly cropped.
 

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That's a great shot
Thanks Phil, much appreciated.

here is my other dog 'Harris' with snow on his nose. (G1 with 45mm PL macro)

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Both photographs with Panasonic G1 and 45mm, f/2.8 Leica Elmarit

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Newly opening Sycamore leaves
 

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Random shots from this weekend:

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Oak Beauty moth (forewing length about 1 inch)


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Early Grey moth (forewing length about 5/8 inch)


Both photographs taken with Panasonic GF1 and Leica Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 lens
 

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Mine arrived today from Japan. Love the build quality and I think it was a worthwhile upgrade from my (excellent) ZD50mm.

It was 5pm and cloudy and overcast but here's a couple of quick grabs:
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both shots at f/5.6

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Is it me or does that lens understand colour, plain and simple? This isn't the first time the ability of the PL45 to render has caught my attention.

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Is it me or does that lens understand colour, plain and simple? This isn't the first time the ability of the PL45 to render has caught my attention.

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from what I've seen I totally agree, but I'd be very interested to know if anyone's done much PP and what colour settings people have used on their cameras.

Regardless of that its such an amazing lens, if I had the money right now i'd definately buy one... perhaps I should beg, borrow or steal* :wink:

*joking about the stealing lol
 

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I know and I'm really tempted but as I'm in the UK after adding import tax (17.5%) and the extra cost of international shipping, it would be too expensive for me and it would come to around the same price as new in the UK :'(
 

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Is it me or does that lens understand colour, plain and simple? This isn't the first time the ability of the PL45 to render has caught my attention.

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I don't know if Bokeh Diem is referring to my images in post 73, if so then to also answer vincechu the shots were taken in RAW using a Pansonic G1 with white balance set manually to shady (the sun was thinly obscured and the shots were taken in woodland, the RAW file was opened in Bibble 5 with no post processing being judged necessary (I have found it necessary to often significantly alter the white balance setting when using auto white balance). They were exported to Photoshop 7 as a TIFF where the levels were checked, the output slider adjusted slightly to about 6 at the black end and 248 at the white end for printing and a very small amount of unsharp mask applied (35%, 0, 1).
For this site the image was resampled with the resolution altered to 72 ppi.

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Yep, especially No.1 in post 73. And, preceding that, Sabesh's work.

One only needs to do a few of these to realize how much work it is to get it right, to be able realize the photo's full potential. Problems with lighting, be it flat or overly contrasted, focus, and depth of field conspire against the unwitting shooter. Doing PP from poor work will only lead to substandard results.

These shots below, straight out of the can this morning and handheld, demonstrate both the ability of the lens and a shooter's shortcomings when great care is not taken in macro work. Sublime, controlled fill-in, or perfect light found in those one-in-a-hundred shots, combined with meticulous focusing, are needed straight up. Hard to do all of this in a little EVF. I wish we could tether. I think a tripod is a must, so that one can divorce oneslf form the problems associated with cradling while analyzing and adjusting.

I find this kind of work really tests the technical ability of the photographer and I will go there more. The PL45 will be a part of that journey.

C&C and Image Borrowing welcomed here.

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those sample pictures made me wanna buy one! :)
the leica dg 45mm is surely a great lens!
 
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