My Lens Journey

My lenses!!camera

My 1st Lens: Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens
The wide aperture, narrow DOF (depth of field – affects how a subject can appear sharp but background blurry), bokeh, and low-light performance blew me away. It made me feel like an artist! This lens completely sucked me into photography. As my only lens, I never thought the autofocus was slow (until I got the 25mm f/1.4) and it did everything I was looking for. I’d take photos of friends and they’d be amazed at the quality. But… I needed a standard zoom lens. I was too limited stuck at 20mm (40mm equivalent).

My 2nd Lens: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens
Incredibly versatile lens boasting a focal range of 12-50mm (24-100mm equivalent) with macro capabilities. The smaller apertures and smaller apertures made me realize how great my prime lens was. Nonetheless, the versatility meant this was my primary lens when I went out during the day. Especially during hikes. I ended up selling this lens when I got the Panasonic 14-45mm.

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My 3rd Lens: Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8
Having experienced the wide aperture of the 20mm, I had to try it at longer focal lengths. I also read extensively that portrait photos were better at longer focal lengths due to distortion at close distances. The 75mm f/1.8 was out of my budget and the lack of image stabilization on Olympus lenses also worried me, so I got the 45mm. Awesome lens. Bokeh? Amazing. However… the longer focal length (90mm equivalent) meant that I wouldn’t be able to use it indoors often.

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My 4th Lens: Rokinon FE75MFT-B 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens
I just wanted the super-wide-angle more than anything. It wouldn’t add much serious photographic value, it was more of a fun lens. A view angle of nearly 180 degrees was so cool.

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My 5th Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S.
While I loved the versatility of the 12-50, the image sharpness was bugging me. It was just too blurry on detail. The sharpest standard zoom available for m43 is the discontinued 14-45mm. Found one on ebay and got it right away. While it’s not as wide-angle and has no macro capabilities, the sharpness was great. Soon after, I sold my 12-50mm. This is currently my second most used lens.

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My 6th Lens: Fujian 35MM F1.7 TV Movie Lens + Lens Adapter
One day somebody posted on dpreview about using CCTV lenses on his m43 camera with an adapter. While they don’t give the greatest image quality, they were cheap (~$30) and had some unique qualities. the 25mm/1.4 CCTV lens had swirly bokeh and the 35mm/1.7 had this washed out look. Since I had the 20mm/1.7 already, I decided to try the 35mm/1.7. Cheap cheap lens, horrible build quality (what can you expect for $30?). The manual focus was also a bit of a pain. However, the images were very unique. I bust this out once in a while to give photos a washed out dreamy look. Worth my $30.

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My 7th Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
I struggled over this lens for a very long time. Retails for $500~600, is very close in focal length to my 20/1.7, but is considered one of the best m43 lenses and has a 1.4 aperture. 1.4 vs 1.7, doesn’t sound like much but it meant 50% more light. I guess they call it Gear Acquisition Syndrome. I got it and now my 20/1.7 is abandoned. My favorite lens bar none. Sharp, very fast, and just gives images a unique quality (I guess they call it the Leica look).

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My 8th Lens: Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Zoom Lens
While I had initially thought to myself that I wouldn’t ever need a telephoto. Two things made me want telephoto. One day I was hiking and saw a woodpecker. 50mm (100mm equiv) did not get close to him at all. Second reason was landscapes. Getting a nice shot of a distant sunset meant I had to zoom into it, or a small region to get a nice photo. I got this lens and have been shooting at 200mm (400mm equivalent) very often. My 3rd most used lens right now. Absolutely huge though compared to m43 cameras.

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My 9th Lens: Olympus BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Lens Cap
Got this for fun and ultimate portability. Haven’t had the chance to shoot much with it yet though. Hopefully I’ll have more use for it in the future!

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My next lens? Either the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0, or the Olympus 75mm f/1.8. I don’t need any of them and don’t feel the need or urge yet… so hopefully I won’t be adding to my collection soon.

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5 thoughts on “My Lens Journey

  1. I’ve wondered about the Panasonic 7-14. You’ll have to let us know how that one works out.
    Really, I don’t know if I would say that you suffer from GAS (lol). When I think of Gear Acquisition Syndrome, I think of someone constantly updating their gear for absolutely no reason.
    Kind of like the everybody selling their x100’s for the new x100s. They went on and on and on about how perfect the x100 was… until the x100s was announced. Now I see lots of people talking about the slow auto focus and what not. They’re talking themselves into doing away with the old and on with the new.
    You seem to be happy with the GX1 and simply want to use it to the fullest. I think that’s cool.
    I have an old GF1 that I love. I mean I love it. And even though have other cameras that suit needs that the GF1 can’t, I will never sell the GF1. It’s a classic, and I’m happy with it.
    Anyway, I love that you’re shooting with the GX1, and I love that you’re taking full advantage of it.

    Just so you know, I enjoyed this post very much. I read a lot of passion in this.

    • The panasonic 7-14… at $900 it’ll be a while until you’ll be able to read about it from my blog…
      Well I just started my blog and I’m kind of retrospectively writing about the past 6 months or so… in July I got the GX1, got all the lenses I needed, and after 6 months I’ve already upgraded to the OM-D (I’ll be writing about that soon). I’m trying to promise myself that this will be the last body I get until a full-frame. Let’s see how that goes. It may not be late-stage GAS, but I see it growing in me….Keep following to read more about how I got the OMD and what I plan to do with the GX1!
      The GF1 is indeed a classic. I’ve had the chance to play with a friend’s a while back. Bigger than the GX1 but very similar. Glad you enjoy using that amazing camera!

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