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.




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.

DSCF1112sFuji X-A1+16-50mm

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.


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.

Granville island…Vancouver BC

Granville-island_Panorama2014 It was showery and thundery day today.

The sky was keep changing and there was heavy clouds everywhere… The sun was coming in and out.

This is the best timing for photography.Granville-island-Panorama2014-4
I went to Granville Island which used to be an industrial area and now tourist spot.
You can see the beautiful skyline of Downtown Vancouver from here.

Due to the unstable sky, I could take quite dramatic panoramas today.
First one used 12 images and merged by Adobe Photoshop. 2nd one used 9 images.

It is very hard to take photos of Downtown Vancouver and I still think this is a kind of the best way to do.

The day in Vancouver is very long… it was already 7PM and still looks like late afternoon.

Panasonic GX1 PZ14-42mmF3.5-5.6

English Bay… Vancouver, BC

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is the landscape of English Bay, Vancouver BC.

English bay is located in Downtown Vancouver and also it is a part of Stanley Park.
This is the afternoon of weekday… so it is not that busy…

It is not easy to take good shot at this place. I think those buildings are the part of the view, but if you try to use wide-angle lens, those just distort and does not look good at all.

This one is also panorama by using Adobe Bridge. 8 images were used to create this.

But look at the top left…. there is nothing but blue sky… in that case, it seems to be hard for Photoshop. So, I had to merge that part manually by Photohop.

Panasonic GX1 Panasonic PZ14-42mm F3.5-5.6


Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC

Wreck Beach Panorama

This is a panorama of Wreck Beach, which is famous as a Clothing-optional beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This is such a wide space and it has been quite hard to shoot here. It always get really boring photos….

If you use wide-angle, everything goes further away and it looks boring.

If you try to crop a part of the landscape… again it is boring too….

So, this time, I decided to merge 8 pictures into 1 by Adobe Photoshop.

I have known this place for many years and I have tried many times, but I still think it is the best shot at this stage.

By the way our government is trying to destroy this amazing landscape.
This place is now considered as “waste land”.

We have to protest about it. Please sign the petition here!





Spring in Vancouver

It is spring here… but still the weather is not very stable here in Vancouver.

This is the panorama of Vancouver from 1st Avenue which is just outside of Downtown under typical weather in this season.

Same as other downtown… it is surrounded by industrial area and it is not the most pretty part of the landscape.

Panasonic GX1 PZ14-42mm 4-5.6