Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7


OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10+ Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7

Granville-island_Panorama2016s   – Merged 8 photos by Adobe Photoshop

This was my first single lens since I started using digital camera.

When I choose this one, I really had a hard time to choose one from 25mm and 15mm.
Since I grew up with 50mm standard lens, I knew 25 was going to be easy to use… but at the same time, I thought 15 would be easier to use under more different situation.

They say this is about similar to iPhone camera…!

I knew I was going to buy 25mm sooner or later, but I choose this one for my 1st.


This is slightly longer than 28mm wide angle lens and slightly shorter than 35mm lens.

Recently, I take lots of panorama photos by using Adobe Photoshop. In that case, it is better not to be too wide due to the distortion.


Do you see the difference between the one from previous post?

Seems like this lens is a kind of perfect for it.

When I was using zoom lenses, I hardly ever used wide angle lenses some reason… but I am quite different when I use this lens.

Zoom lenses are easy to use… but at the same time, it can confuse you as well.

Single lenses can’t take anything, but it can take something you have been missing out…

Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm F1.4


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8


I had been away from blog for 2 month because I was away to Japan.

Japan is the place for… shopping… so, I purchased expensive Panasonic LUMIX G X vario 12-35mmF2.8 which costs over $1,000 in Canada was $200 cheaper over there and also come with 5 year extended warranty!!

This lens is equivalent to 24-70mmF2.8 on 35mm format.

Panasonic-12-35mmF2.8First of all, this lens is slightly heavier than my Panasonic GX1. It makes me a bit out of balance.

That is the reason, I started using external view finder to get better holding.



This is a panorama which I merged 7 images by Adobe Photoshop.


When you do this kind of merger especially in this kind of clear sky, it is easy to get bad finish by cheap lenses due to the poor image quality around edges of each image.

Granville-Island_Panorama-Jan2015-2I think this one is done quite well due to the reasonable image quality around the edge.

Also the color balance is quite impressive. This one is merging 6 images.
When you use this kind of fast F speed luxurious lens, it is good idea to test in darker area.
So, I went to public market in Granville Island which is just near by.


Before, I was using Panasonic 14-42mmF3.5-5.6. In that case, I had to use ISO1600 at this place, but now, ISO400 is good enough at the same place!

_1190403This is even darker… but I still     could  handle with ISO400!




Photo from New York… just kidding… they were taking film in Vancouver and those New York Yellow Cabs are all movie set.

This is the twilight time in winter. But I still could handle with ISO400 without tripods.


If you want the same kind of lens for 35mm format, you will have to pay at least $2,000 and you have to deal with the weight which is like carring a rock.
When you think that way, this lens could be quite compact and reasonably priced.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 + 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
It is much bigger and heavier than my old 14-42mm lens, but I don’t need tripod as much as before and it can reduce weight too.

I can say this is a quite reasonable high quality zoom lens which I can recommend to micro four-thirds users.


Another good news is… this is “Made in Japan” !!

Leica developing micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera???

Leica Mirrorless Camera based on Panasonic GM1 by using Adobe Photoshop

Leica Mirrorless Camera based on Panasonic GM1 by using Adobe Photoshop

Leica is going to develop micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera….???

Actually the rumor has been around since micro Four Thirds came out and when GF1 came out, lots of people expected Leica version…. but it did not happen and they brought out X1 with fixed lens. I remember when the scoop photo came out, we were expecting to be micro Four Thirds.

Then, there was another rumor said they were developing APS-C mirrorless… at that time, I predicted Fuji X-pro1 brother… then, it did not happen.

When we heard about “Leica Mini M… ” again we were expecting some kind of mirrorless camera… then, it did not happen again.

I can see Leica is struggling in this market due to their technology level.

M series are way over priced and there is nothing between X series.

From my experience, Leica Digilux 3 was a quite good camera, but there was nothing to replace that position.

At least they have been making Panasonic OEM point & shoots until today,  It is very good idea to have micro Four-Thirds mirrorless. They already have several Leica lenses in this series.

Last year, Leica was saying they did not want to make “Compact camera body with huge lens like Coke can”.

I guess at that time, they were trying to do with bigger APS-C… but as you see the result of X-Vario, they recognized it was not possible to have APS-C with reasonable compact zoom lens. Then, they stopped the project of APS-C mirrorless and came back to micro Four-Thirds… I guess that was the story.

Well… I did not have chance to replace Digilux 3 and now, I am using Pananonic GX1, but if micro Four Thirds comes out, It will be a good replacement for me this time.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GX7 + 40mm

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GX7 + 40mm

Finally,  successor of Panasonic GX1…which I has revealed.

Last Octorbar, there was rumor of its new model “GX2” and tell the truth, the market distribution was getting slower and slower.

Actually, quite a few internet shops stopped selling GX1 at that time and that was how the market price which was keep coming down recovered due to the limited supply.

But, the new model did not arrive to market and we had to wait for another year.

The Biggest sales point is….the built in view finder with Rangefinder looking body shape.

This was what lots of people were waiting for….

Another big thing is the body side image stabilizer which is first for Panasonic.

Panasonic is the pioneer of image stabilizer and they knew Lens side one works better.
That was how even in the same micro four-thirds group, Panasonic was using lens-side image stabilizer and Olympus was body side.

In fact….especially for video, body-side one is just useless and Olympus video is not really impressive.

But with the body-side works for any lens including old lens with lens mount.

Brand-new sensor, Variable angle monitor, dual dial operation…or etc….I think this camera is quite well designed.

Although the body size is a bit bigger than GX1, but I think it is better size for people with bigger hands.

Before, Panasonic had GH, G, GF….and GX1. There were so many model and that was how, GX1 was a quite good camera, but they did not do lots of things they could because they wanted to sell higher priced GH series too.

But now, It is quite well done and GX7 is going to be a top grade of box-type camera.

I guess Panasonic was planning to launch GX2 last year to replace GX1 and it was minor-change version of GX1…but they cancelled the project due to more competition such as SONY NEX6.

Now, they are starting about $1000 for its body. I will wait for another year and it will be reasonable price by the time…

To me, it is the best camera of the year at this stage….

Panorama of Downtown Vancouver Nov.2012

Panorama Vancouver Nov, 2012We had a whole wet month and finally, we had a little bit sunny days last couple of days.

The view from this angle has changed quite a lot last 10 years. Before, it was an old industrial area by railroad has been re-developed as new residential area…..

The stadium in the middle now has a retractable roof which does not work properly raise the height dramatically and obstructing the view quite badly……or maybe it is the new landscape of Vancouver……

Panasonic GX1 14-42mm


Sunday in North Vancouver

View from Sea bus....VancouverI spent some tine in North Vancouver which is across the bay from Vancouver.

To go there, fast ferry “Sea bus” is the easiest way. 15min. travel on the ferry.

View from Sea bus....Vancouver2Vancouver is not only touristy city…..there are lots of industrial area to like the photos show.

Haunted house......This house is always decorating the front yard. Now….it is haunted house…..

Chocorate shop in Halloween season


In this season, all the shops are different. A bit more orange…..

Edgemond Village_ North VancouverAutumn in Vancouver is very short. Leaves turns into yellow a little bit….that is it.

This shot is taken by 45-150mm lens which is equivalent to 90-300mm……but due to the small F number(F4-5.6) and small Four-thirds sensor, the depth of field is quite deep although it was 84mm (168mm on 35mm full size).

Downtown Vancouver from North VancouverThis is the night view of Vancouver looking from North Vancouver. After the long rain, the skyline is quite clear.

Panasonic GX1 14-42mm, 45-150mm