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Review Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5: The Mu-43.com Review

Discussion in 'Reviews, Tests, & Shootouts' started by Covey22, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    That is a really, really nicely made photograph. You are making good use of what the lens and camera can do, but clearly you have a great eye.
    Makes me want to rush outside with my GF1 and 14. All I need is a windmill...
     
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  2. Janine4d

    Janine4d Mu-43 Regular

    Hehe living in the Netherlands does have its advantages, we don't have impressive mountains but at least we have windmills. :wink:
     
  3. maxsoul

    maxsoul Mu-43 Regular

    45
    Jan 23, 2011
    I thought the 20mm is small and this 14mm is even smaller. Wow!
    BTW thank you for the review!
     
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  4. PeterThomson

    PeterThomson New to Mu-43

    5
    Oct 20, 2011
    London
    14mm versus 20mm

    I've got the 14mm on a GF2 and love it. But I agree with Kevin that the 20mm somehow has more of an analogue feel to it. It's probably down to the tighter feel on the subject.

    For street photography a 28mm equivalent wide angle often suffers from the not-close-enough and not-far-enough effect. A 24mm is so wide that you feel like you are inside the action and a 40 or 50mm is long enough that you feel like you are getting a glimpse of something intimate. I think that's why the 12mm Oly and the 20mm Panny are so popular for street shooting.

    There's nothing wrong with the glass on the 14mm, it's focal length just means that it doesn't have quite enough soul.
     
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Garry Winogrand shot almost exclusively with a 28mm. I don't thing it's too long or too wide for street shooting at all. The GRD3 is as close to a "designed from the ground up as a street camera" as I've come across and it's a 28mm equivalent. I'm comfortable shooting street with a 12, 14, and 17, with the 14 really kind of feeing like a sweet spot.

    To each their own, but I don't find the 14 lacking as a street lens at all. The soul is in the shooter, not the glass.

    -Ray
     
  6. Blue Esprit

    Blue Esprit Mu-43 Regular

    29
    Jan 19, 2012
    London, England
    I recently bought a GF2 complete with the 14mm specifically have have something a bit lighter than my Nikon D300s and 20mm prime I usually carry around on travel assignments..Nikon 2lbs 10oz vs. GF2 13oz.

    So far I'm really impressed with this lens and the possibilities of the m43 system. Made my first 14"x9" b+w print today using an Epson 2100 and the quality is not too far off the Nikon.

    I does help to process the raw file as a 16bit tiff.

    Also bought the Lumix VF1 Optical viewfinder which is a decent match for the field of view of this lens.
     
  7. Brian1954

    Brian1954 Mu-43 Rookie

    Thank you for this review Armando. So many lenses...so little time:rolleyes: 

    Brian
     
  8. jpcairns

    jpcairns Mu-43 Regular

    63
    Jul 21, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    Joshua
    Thanks for the review!
     
  9. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Nov 9, 2012
    The Wikipedia reference also states as follows (bolding is mine):
    "Tessar are frequently found in mid-range cameras, as they can provide a very good optical performance at a reasonable price, and are often quite compact."

    I suspect this is the reference basis for "tessar-type" (note lack of upper case "t" in "tessar", a common practice when comparing items).
     
  10. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    This set of blog posts from LensRentals.com is really useful on this question:

    LensRentals.com - Lens Genealogy Part 1
    LensRentals.com - Lens Genealogy – Part 2
     
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