The micro4/3 system has many advantages with for those wanting to (try to) take fully ‘controlled’ pictures using camera bodies and lenses that take up less space and weigh less than the ‘equivalent’ DSLR options. There are, of course, undeniable advantages to larger sensors; but I’ve found very little I miss about the Nikon D80/Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR pairing that I used day-in day-out down the Americas by bicycle.
The latest (and possible last, though I’ll wisely not commit to that) addition to my Olympus OM-D EM-5 mounted stable has been the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 prime lens. There was a little time spent weighing up the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens given it’s smaller size and lower weight (90g vs 200g). Apart from concerns about high ISO banding when the latter lens was paired with the OM-D, the relatively slower auto-focus pushed me to the 25mm lens. I also realised that my wilderness/expedition needs (Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8) didn’t include this type of lens, and that I was really wanting it for about-town and portrait use – meaning that the size and weight differential ceased to matter.
What follow are some early experiments with just how shallow a depth of field (DOF) the PanaLeica gives you. Sometimes too shallow, with care needed to get the whole subject in focus.