Micro Four-thirds: A New Angle of View

Leica/Lumix 25mm f/1.4

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

After writing about how much I love wide-angle lenses I bought the Micro Four-thirds Leica/Lumix 25mm f/1.4 lens for my birthday. In 35mm terms, the 25mm lens has the angle-of-view of a 50mm, so it’s not exactly a wide angle lens! I said that I would never buy this lens but the price was just too good. You all know how that goes; you convince yourself you can sell it for more than you bought if for—so what’s the risk?

Leica/Lumix 25mm f/1.4Don’t get me wrong the lens is incredibly sharp through its entire aperture range and it’s a Leica lens but what I’m struggling with is the narrow angle-of-view. I hardly ever used the 50mm lens on any SLR that I owned and I’ve never been much of a fan of the shallow depth-of-field that you get at f/1.4

But I’ve always liked the idea that if you don’t like something, except Lima beans, you’ve got to give it a try. In situations like the photo of my friend Brandi and her son Easton that was made in a dark restaurant it worked beautifully. At f/1.4 with just the light from a cell phone this was the best lens for the situation.

Meet Mark in Person: He will be at the grand opening of the new Kenmore Camera store in Kenmore, Washington this coming Friday and Saturday, February 21st and 22nd, from 10am – 5pm. Be sure to stop by the Panasonic area and say “Hi.”

new.Mark.headMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos at www.marktoalphotography.com. Mark can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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