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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Just meant some closeups Ian...toothpaste tube was first thing that popped into my tiny mind. As far as the expectations for the lens, I would like some pix showing the low light capabilities, DF, bokeh, and a few words about the focusing and smoothness of operation of the AF.

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Just meant some closeups Ian...toothpaste tube was first thing that popped into my tiny mind. As far as the expectations for the lens, I would like some pix showing the low light capabilities, DF, bokeh, and a few words about the focusing and smoothness of operation of the AF.

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    Yes of course - there will be a full test with charts and things of course

    I can tell you right now that the focus operation is very crisp and responsive, though if you run the manual focus ring fast, the AF motor makes a rasping sound; it is louder than the 14-54 in this respect.

    And you may have noticed that the aperture ring is on the front of the lens this time - just like old Zuikos!

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Thanks Ian. Have also heard of a limited number of focusing problems (groan) with a few of the lenses...any problems?

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Thanks Ian. Have also heard of a limited number of focusing problems (groan) with a few of the lenses...any problems?
    Mine focuses fine. As I said before, the AF motor is not as quiet as the ZD 14-54, but it's just as fast.

    An oddity is that the same AF motor appears to operate the lens iris, so if you do a DOF preview, the AF motor noise is heard. It's practically silent on the 14-54.

    So from an AF and aperture operation refinement point of view - not the best rating there

    I will do some serious outdoor shooting with it tomorrow.

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Ian, I think, that there is a high demand for a comparative test of Summilux 25/1.4, Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM. All of them are fast nornal primes, and a lot of photographers accept them as real alternatives. I guess Summilux must be best of them, but is it worth its price, or maybe for somebody purchase of one of Sigmas will allow to get results with comparable quality, but for twice or even three times less money?
    For example, I own Sigma 30, and get very good results. Maybe, I have got a felicitous specimen, but on the samples that I can find in internet I do not see any advantages over Sigma. But to make reliable conclusions it's nesessary to have shots, made by the same body in the same conditions. I can afford buying od Summilux, but do I really need it? So I am also interested in the results of such thorough test.
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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Just added some more 25mm shots to my gallery:

    http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...ry.php/cat/522

    All the shots prefixed "Rudgwick".

    I am definitely liking this lens...

    Regards,

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Just added some more 25mm shots to my gallery:

    http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...ry.php/cat/522

    All the shots prefixed "Rudgwick".

    I am definitely liking this lens...

    Regards,

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    This one is shot at f/1.4.

    I'm drawn to the dusky darkness but I do wonder if it's a bit too dark?

    Developed in from RAW using Olympus Studio 2.02

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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post


    This one is shot at f/1.4.

    I'm drawn to the dusky darkness but I do wonder if it's a bit too dark?

    Developed in from RAW using Olympus Studio 2.02

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    It's been pointed out to me that the web-view of this image is noticeably darker than the original when viewed, say, in Photshop.

    This is a chronic difficulty when viewing via web browsers that don't support colour management - which is most of them ufortunately.

    Here is he same vew, this time at f/2.8 and lightened up a little:



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    Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    Thanks Ian, that's exactly the kind of images I had been waiting for. This is where a fast prime can show off. Very appealing.
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    Smile Re: Summilux 25mm Impressions.

    I acquired one of these excellent lenses recently and can vouch for its sharpness even wide open at f1.4. In the end you cannot beat a really fast prime lens for available light work. Despite the effective image stabiliser on my Panasonic 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 which means it too can be used in lower light levels, there are times when you need the higher shutter speeds that a really fast prime will allow you - enter the 25mm.

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