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    Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    I'm no tester, but I thought I would post some examples taken with this lens. I took it on holiday with me to France.

    Impressions first. This is a bulky, heavy lens. It is solidly made, and "feels right". I used it on my Olympus e-400. It obviously dwarfs this body, but the two together make a compact set. The lens hood almost doubles the lens in length. It comes supplied with a lens pouch, but frankly this is disappointing in quality, and has stayed in the box. The Olympus pouches supplied with their pro-line 4/3 lenses are much better quality.

    Another little oddity is that the Panasonic end cap is loose on anything other than the Panasonic lens. I have replaced it with an Olympus cap because I had a couple of times when I found it loose in the bottom of my bag, and the back of a lens "naked" as a result.

    Focussing is quick, and sure. I couldn't get it to hunt at all. In my gallery are some low-light examples taken with this lens. Have a look here: http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...ry.php/cat/522

    Overall, I like this lens. It is heavy, though, and I am not sure I would carry it every day. I also have the Olympus 14-45 and 40-150 lightweight "kit" lenses, and the pro-spec 14-54 and 50mm macro. The 25 is a good compliment to this group, providing low-light capability. I'll continue to play about with it, and post the results.

    Regards,

    Bill

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    I'm no tester, but I thought I would post some examples taken with this lens. I took it on holiday with me to France.

    Impressions first. This is a bulky, heavy lens. It is solidly made, and "feels right". I used it on my Olympus e-400. It obviously dwarfs this body, but the two together make a compact set. The lens hood almost doubles the lens in length. It comes supplied with a lens pouch, but frankly this is disappointing in quality, and has stayed in the box. The Olympus pouches supplied with their pro-line 4/3 lenses are much better quality.

    Another little oddity is that the Panasonic end cap is loose on anything other than the Panasonic lens. I have replaced it with an Olympus cap because I had a couple of times when I found it loose in the bottom of my bag, and the back of a lens "naked" as a result.

    Focussing is quick, and sure. I couldn't get it to hunt at all. In my gallery are some low-light examples taken with this lens. Have a look here: http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...ry.php/cat/522

    Overall, I like this lens. It is heavy, though, and I am not sure I would carry it every day. I also have the Olympus 14-45 and 40-150 lightweight "kit" lenses, and the pro-spec 14-54 and 50mm macro. The 25 is a good compliment to this group, providing low-light capability. I'll continue to play about with it, and post the results.

    Regards,

    Bill
    Interesting post, thanks Bill - hope you can post some samples soon

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Thanks Ian. The low-light shots in Notre Dame Cathedral and the interior sand sculpture shots in my "Wanderings" gallery were all shot with this lens. I'll shoot more in time - it's coming with me to Singapore and Vietnam next month

    Regards,

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Thanks Ian. The low-light shots in Notre Dame Cathedral and the interior sand sculpture shots in my "Wanderings" gallery were all shot with this lens. I'll shoot more in time - it's coming with me to Singapore and Vietnam next month

    Regards,

    Bill
    My review sample 25mm f/1.4 has arrived, but I only have it for a week or so. I hope the weather perks up!

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    I have created a lens test category in my FTU gallery. It currently contains 15 images comparing the Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 with the Olympus DZ 14-54 f/2.8-3.5.

    See: http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...ry.php/cat/525

    Remember to click on the smaller version of the image to see the 100% (1 image pixel to 1 screen pixel) view in the centre and corner crops.

    The Summilux shots were take at f/1.4, f/3.2 (about the maximum aperture the Olympus 14-54 can offer at 25mm) and f/8. The 14-54 test shots were taken at f/3.1 and f/8 @25mm. ISO speed was 100.

    The scene is simply out of the FTU office window at one of the remaining old buildings from the John Dickinson paper mill complex along side the Grand Union canal in Apsley. The camera was an E-510, tripod mounted, IS switched off and set to manual exposure with time delayed release to minimse any possible vibration. Exposure was re-checked at each shot.

    The images were processed from RAW files in Olympus Studio 2.2, using mainly default options. Noise filter mode was not enabled in the RAW process. Only minimal sharpening was applied. No chroma aberration or distortion correction was employed.

    Phew!

    As you can see, the weather was overcast and gloomy!

    I'll leave you to ponder the results, but one thing I did notice was that at f/1.4 the Summilux seemed to be causing the camera to under expose, or maybe the conditions amplified the vignetting one would expect at that aperture.

    I have to say that the Olympus 14-54 holds up well against the Summilux, though naturally it's a lot less bright.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I have created a lens test category in my FTU gallery. It currently contains 15 images comparing the Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 with the Olympus DZ 14-54 f/2.8-3.5.

    See: http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...ry.php/cat/525

    Remember to click on the smaller version of the image to see the 100% (1 image pixel to 1 screen pixel) view in the centre and corner crops.

    The Summilux shots were take at f/1.4, f/3.2 (about the maximum aperture the Olympus 14-54 can offer at 25mm) and f/8. The 14-54 test shots were taken at f/3.1 and f/8 @25mm. ISO speed was 100.

    The scene is simply out of the FTU office window at one of the remaining old buildings from the John Dickinson paper mill complex along side the Grand Union canal in Apsley. The camera was an E-510, tripod mounted, IS switched off and set to manual exposure with time delayed release to minimse any possible vibration. Exposure was re-checked at each shot.

    The images were processed from RAW files in Olympus Studio 2.2, using mainly default options. Noise filter mode was not enabled in the RAW process. Only minimal sharpening was applied. No chroma aberration or distortion correction was employed.

    Phew!

    As you can see, the weather was overcast and gloomy!

    I'll leave you to ponder the results, but one thing I did notice was that at f/1.4 the Summilux seemed to be causing the camera to under expose, or maybe the conditions amplified the vignetting one would expect at that aperture.

    I have to say that the Olympus 14-54 holds up well against the Summilux, though naturally it's a lot less bright.

    What do you think?

    Ian
    I'm just bumping this up as I hope someone might be interested

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    I, for one, am actually interested but have to say I was a bit disappointed by the choice of subject. A shot out the window is not what I would get a 25/1.4 for. Some close-up shots under available light conditions would maybe have done the lens more justice. It comes as no surprise to me that, when shot wide open or even stopped down a stop or two, the 25/1.4 is not superior, or is maybe even inferior, to the Oly kit lens.
    I guess I'm saving up for one anyway so what the heck
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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    You can send me that lens as soon as you take some pix of the toothpaste tube! Yea, I'm interested. Still waiting for mine.

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiSt View Post
    I, for one, am actually interested but have to say I was a bit disappointed by the choice of subject. A shot out the window is not what I would get a 25/1.4 for. Some close-up shots under available light conditions would maybe have done the lens more justice. It comes as no surprise to me that, when shot wide open or even stopped down a stop or two, the 25/1.4 is not superior, or is maybe even inferior, to the Oly kit lens.
    I guess I'm saving up for one anyway so what the heck
    Cheers,
    - Dieter
    OK, no problem - I thought that in the limited time I had yesterday, the shots featured would be a start at least

    I am a little surprised that you aren't surprised the zoom might be as good or sharper even when stopped down? Can you explain what you mean?

    And finally, what are the qualities that you expect of the 25 1.4; what should this lens offer that the kit zoom doesn't?

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    You can send me that lens as soon as you take some pix of the toothpaste tube! Yea, I'm interested. Still waiting for mine.

    Toothpaste tube - now you've got me!

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