Are We There Yet?
|Olympus E-P2, M.Zuiko 45mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400, 0EV|
The Panasonic Leica 25mm has developed something of a mythic reputation in the µ4/3rds world. It probably picked up part of that reputation from having LEICA stamped on the lens, but most of it comes from the owners who've used it and swear by it (as opposed to swearing at it). The µ4/3rds system might not have the best sensors (until the E-M5 showed up), but many of the systems lenses are second to none, like the 25mm. Given the choice, I would rather have the glass in the µ4/3rds system than in just about any other system, and that actually includes the loftily praised and priced Leica system itself.
The following samples were taken late this evening after I got home, opened the shipping box from B&H Photography, and slipped the lens on the E-PL2. The sun was already setting behind the trees in the neighborhood, casting the back yard into deepening shadows. They won't win any awards, but they do illustrate the power of this lens, especially wide open or close to wide open.
|Olympus E-PL2, Leica 25mm, f/1.8, 1/1000s, ISO 200, -1EV,|
|Olympus E-PL2, Leica 25mm, f/2.8, 1/2500s, ISO 200, -1EV|
|Olympus E-PL2, Leica 25mm, f/1.8, 1/4000s, ISO 200, -0.3EV|
|Olympus E-PL2, Leica 25mm, f/1.4, 1/80s, ISO 200, 0EV|
I have probably made my last major µ4/3rds system purchase. The primes are all fast enough that I can shoot in just about any lighting situation I come across, and if I can't, well, I can't. And if I can't I won't worry about it. I love the way the cameras handle and the results they produce.
Fotokina 2012 is coming up in September. I'm going to sit back, enjoy what I have, and wait patiently for September (which is not that far off anymore). I've heard lots of rumors, but rumors can't take photos, and too many large, expensive, and over-hyped cameras have disappointing flaws when they finally hit the marketplace. My gear isn't perfect; far from it. But it's more than "good enough", and will provide a lot of affordable enjoyment in the months and years to come.
Yeah, I think we're there.
That top photo of the E-PL2 with the 25mm was taken with the other uber-lens, the M.Zuiko 1.8/45mm on the E-P2. Everything post processed in Lightroom 4.1.