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PanLeica 45mm impression

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Lawrence, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Lawrence

    Lawrence Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 8, 2011
    Recently acquired a PanLeica 45mm, took some photos ranging from marco to outdoor. The impression reminds me about my old Leica R 90mm F2 which is my favourite lens for over 18 years. Taken handheld with EM5 & G5 . The snow flakes were formed in between the two layers glass window.

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    Lawrence :smile:
     
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  2. Dogman

    Dogman Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 23, 2012
    Maryland
    Those snowflake shots are incredible! I tried some the other day and failed miserably. I used the same Pan/Leica 45 macro lens with 10mm AND 16mm extension tubes stacked and still couldn't close enough. What's your set-up, if I may ask?
     
  3. Lawrence

    Lawrence Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 8, 2011
    I just placed the lens on the surface of inner window which is 2.5" or 6.5cm apart from the outer window, then use AF, but when I took other pictures the next day,I found the snowflakes are in different formations...photos as shown in below. I find out the PanLeica is really a very good and versatile lens in handling marco, and outdoor photos.

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    Lawrence
     
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  4. Dogman

    Dogman Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 23, 2012
    Maryland
    So, it sounds like the formations aren't really snowflakes, but rather ice crystals forming on the window. Still beautiful! And, thanks for your insights into capturing the images.
     
  5. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    This lens is greatly underrated IMHO.
     
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  6. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    PL45.....a fabulous lens.

    However I returned mine in favour of the Oly 60mm Macro, reasons...... a little extra throw, focus hunting and cost.
    The extra 15 mm throw I found usefull, the focus hunting not as bad, and significantly cheaper.
    Once I had satisfied myself that I was loosing nothing in IQ it had to be the 60mm for me.

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  7. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
    Paul
    I think Dave in Wales has hit the nail on the head.

    In the UK you can get the Olympus 45mm F1.8 and 60mm macro lenses for about the same cost as just the PL45. If either of these Olympus lenses were not as good as they are I'm sure the PanaLeica would be a lot more popular. With the current pricing it got to be difficult to dismiss the Olympus lenses.

    Hmm... aren't we lucky to have to the option to pick between such good lenses even if it doesn't always make those choices easy?
     
  8. Lawrence

    Lawrence Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 8, 2011
    I agree with you this lens is greatly underrated because of high price when it first hit the market. I got this lens in mint condition at a very good price thru' ebay.
    The more I use it the more I like it. I love the color and the contrast of this lens. One lens in hand can handle portrait , landscape and marco is so nice. Hand held macro is possible thru' the electronic shutter of Pan cameras....and this is a advantage over my EM5. This lens is rarely discussed in the forum nowadays. With the Pan/Leica 25mm, and 15mm coming, they will form a good combination of Pan/Leica Primes.....may with the 42.5mm F1.2 also.

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    Lawrence :smile:
     
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  9. yehuda

    yehuda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 14, 2013
    Is that because of less shutter shock?
     
  10. Lawrence

    Lawrence Mu-43 Regular

    199
    Oct 8, 2011
    Yes, I compare many time using the electronic shutter of Pan camers with my EM5. It is also a big advantage when using 300mm of 100-300mm zoom at the closest distance to get the image of insect as below.

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    Lawrence :smile:
     
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