Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm F1.4


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From Left hand, Panasonic 35-100mmF2.8, OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4, Leica 15mm F1.7, OLYMPUS 45mm F1.8 and Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8

It has been for a while since last update.

While I was in Japan, I totally update my camera system.
Last year, I purchased Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm zoom lenses which are considered as top grade lenses.

In fact, they does great job… but at the same time, those are really “normal”.

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OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4

When I looked back my old photos with Leica Digilux 3, I realized how good they are although they are not as sharp as modern lenses.

So, that is the reason that I started thinking about Panasonic-Leica lenses.

25mm is the standard lens which is equivalent to 50mm on full-size.

At first, I bought 15mm and 45mm which are equivalent to 30mm and 90mm. Although I thought those  were enough… but soon I started wanting 25mm due to my past experience.

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OLYMPUS E-M10+ Leica 25mm F1.4

Old days, people first bought 50mm standard lens with SLR and took everything with it. I experienced it and then, I got 28mm and 100mm.

So, I found that my body still remember the old school…
Since I gave up film in 2005, I never had chance to use single lenses and I thought zoom lenses were good enough. But, now I found it is not as hard as I was thinking and I just enjoy those simple lenses.

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OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4

Another reason that I can enjoy single lenses is because it is Micro Four-Thirds system.
Swapping lenses outside has been a quite risky thing for digital SLRs.
Today, most of cameras have anti-dust system with them… but not many are so good and still it is better not to swap lenses outside.

But Micro Four-Thirds system always have the best anti-dust system and that is why we can swap lenses so easily.
Also they produce lots of attractive lenses from OLYMPUS, Panasonic and other third-parties.

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To enjoy single lenses, Micro Four-Thirds systems are strongly recommended.

If you think of buying Leica lens from Germany, they will costs you several thousands dollars each… but Panasonic-Leica 25mm is only $500!

Another good news is… due to the cheap Yen, those are not as expensive as how they used to be.

 

 

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Jericho Beach, Vancouver BC


Jericho Beach 1Panasonic GX1+45-150mm

Jericho beach is the opposite side of Downtown Vancouver.
It is known for the spectacular  skyline of Downtown.

Jericho Beach 2Fuji X-A1+16-50mm

When you look at your left hand, there is a breathtaking view of Mountains in North Vancouver.

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It is the most relaxing time of the day…  It is nice to have zoom which start from 24mm equivalent in this kind of situation.

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Bunnies are hanging around the beach. Seems like they are well treated by tourists…

These days, I use Fuji X-A1 with 16-50mm standard zoom and Panasonic GX1 with 45-150mm Telephoto zoom.

Fuji 16-50mm is equivalent to 24-75mm… it is a bit too short on telephoto side for me… but it is very good to have 24mm on wide side.

If you compare the telephoto zoom lenses… Micro Four-thirds system makes much smaller and also have better auto focus system. So, I think it is a kind of the best way to use these 2 cameras.

Anderson Lake, BC, Canada


Anderson Lake, BC, Canada

I went to Anderson Lake, BC, which is about 3 hours drive north from Vancouver, BC with my friends this weekend.

Believe it or not… it was warmer than Vancouver and also the weather was better.

This is the panorama of Anderson lake before the sunrise.
Complete silence is around… This is the world of silence… until we go out for boating.

Heavy clouds are creating dramatic landscape.

Panasonic GX1 PZ14-42mm

 

Panorama in North Vancouver


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Personally, I don’t like using wide-angle lenses especially for buildings.

They always distort buildings and I just don’t like the way it looks.

This image is a panorama merged by Adobe Photoshop.

I have been doing panorama many times on this blog… but this one is slightly different.

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This is how I took 6 photos and merged later on.

Usually what people does is take from left to right and that is the end.
But if you do like this, it looks more likely to be a normal photo.
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By the way, this is the single photo taken by using 14mm wide-angle lens. Well…it does not look that species and building is distorting badly… it is not good at all…

Panasonic GX1 PZ14-42mm

Spring in Vancouver, BC


Stanley Park, Vancouver BCSpring in Vancouver BC is still rainy… but when we get sun, it is the amazing world.

Cherry trees are blossoming, green grass and snowy mountains… it is one of the amazing landscape of Vancouver and believe it or not…it is in Downtown.

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This is a panorama of the same angle. 2 photos were merged into one. It looks more likely to the one you see by your naked eyes.

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Water Front Panorama
Only 5 minutes walk along the water front from Stanley Park, this is the landscape you see. 4 images were used for this panorama.

Due to the unstable weather, it is not easy to shoot good photos at right timing especially in cherry season here in Vancouver.

Panasonic GX1 PZ 14-42mm

Autumn in Vancouver…Panoramas


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It is taken fisherman wharf beside the Granville Island which formerly industrial aria and now a tourist spot in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This area is not a tourist spot like the famous one in San Francisco…. but as you see, it is  a good spot to see the panorama of Downtown Vancouver.

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Those photos are merged by Adobe Photoshop. 3 photos on the first one and 4 photos were used for the 2nd one.

Clouds in Autumn sky were creating perfect lighting in the evening.

It is the end of autumn and next week, our summer time is ending.

Panasonic GX1  PZ14-42mmf3.5-5.6

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Autumn in West Coast of Canada…


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Horse shore bay is the north end of Greater Vancouver area.
This small town is known for Ferry terminal to go to Nanaimo or some other small islands.
Now,  a ferry is arriving to the terminal.

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The coast line looks almost like fjord or something…..

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It is like Indian Summer this weekend. There are still people on the beach.

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Once you leave Horse shore bay, it is middle of nowhere. Nearest town you see along the highway is Britannia beach… which used to be town of copper mining.

On West Coast, autumn leaf is not that beautiful…. this dynamic landscape is typical autumn view of West Coast Canada.

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Panasonic GX1 14-42mm, 45-150mm