Sometimes working for Panasonic puts me in the right place at the right time. The latest experience was in Los Angeles where we were showing a pre-production version of the Leica 15mm f/1.8 lens for Micro Four-thirds cameras. I borrowed the lens for a night to try it out and somebody casually mentioned that they needed it hand carried to Las Vegas for the WPPI show a few days later. Needless to say I volunteered.
I figured it was safest to keep it on my GX7 so off I went to shot with it for three days. This is a pre-production sample and didn’t have the final firmware. I immediately noticed the contrast and sharpness when I looked in the viewfinder and it shows in the final images. This is Leica quality.
I currently shoot with the Lumix 14mm and 20mm pancake lenses. I think the 15mm is going to replace my 14mm as soon as it’s available in late May for $599. If you’re a street photographer like me and like fast, fairly wide-angle lenses take a look at the 15mm.
Mark Toal is a training representative for Panasonic in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more Mark’s photos at www.marktoalphotography.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org