The Panasonic Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro

This is one of the first lenses I own. Next to my kit lenses my first prime lens. It is perfect for its purposes. Macro photography on a prime level and next to macro photography a good use for portrait photography.

The Panasonic Leica 45mm Macro Lens

This lens was released by Panasonic in September 2009. It comes with MEGA O.I.S. and is upgradeable to Dual O.I.S. with a firmware update. Due to a magnification of 1:1 (2:1 35mm equivalent) it is a true macro lens. This lens comes with 14 elements in 10 groups. One ED element to minimize chromatic aberration and an Aspherical element. The diaphragm mechanism uses seven rounded blades.

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The Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3

After months of saving money for this lens, I’m finally a lucky owner of the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3 lens. I mainly use this lens for what it is supposed to be, a wildlife and bird photography lens. I’m not leaving my room without this lens.

The Panasonic 100-400mm compared to the Panasonic 45mm macro lens

This lens was released by Panasonic in April of 2016. It is offering an astonishing 200-800mm equivalent field of view in a small package (985g).

This lens uses a variable aperture, which increases, as you increase the focal length:

Focal Length 100mm 200mm 300mm 400mm
Largest aperture f4 f5.1 f5.7 f6.3
Smallest aperture f22 f22 f22 f22

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Leica M 50mm f1.4

A good friend of mine was having a manual full analogous Leica M camera. Therefore he had lenses like the Leica M 35mm f2, 90mm f2 and the 50mm f1.4.

In this post, I am going to talk about the pros and cons of the Leica M 50mm f1.4.

This lens is one beautiful but also hard to handle lens. It is getting traded for about 3000$ on the market. But I got one of the older versions of the Leica M 50mm f1.4.

At first, I have to say, this lens is creating the biggest bokeh balls I have seen so far wide open. And there’s the first problem about this lens. Wide open it’s pretty hard to get crispy good photos because it’s creating some fog.

As you can see in the images bellow, this lens is sometimes pretty useless at f1.4, therefore I was mostly using this lens at f2 or f2.8 to shoot images with.

I was mainly using this lens for portraits as this is like a telephoto portrait lens for the MFT system.

I’m really happy sharing my experience with you, so keep in and check out these images taken with the Lumix G85 and the Leica M 50mm f1.4.

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Leica M 35mm f2.0 and 90mm f2.0

Yesterday I got 2 other lenses I am going to test for you guys. This time I received the Leica M 35mm f2.0 and the 90mm f2.0. Both are comparable to Zeiss optics.

As you may know, I am currently shooting with my Lumix Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro and Lumix Leica 100-400mm lens. Thankfully a good friend of mine is using the same camera mount as me.  Therefore I am able to test out his old Olympus OM and Leica M lenses as well as his new Olympus M4/3 lenses.

This time I am going for two of his Leica M lenses. Yesterday I have started to shoot some portraits with them. And the bokeh they create Is fantastic. What I can say so far is, that there is no chromatic aberration visible wide open at f2.0 but let’s get a closer review the next time.

I am really happy to share my experience with you, about this expensive lenses.

The next following weeks I will show you some unique pictures I have taken with the Leica M lenses mounted on my Lumix G85 with a Leica M to M4/3 converter.

EDIT: As I told you some pictures I have taken with the Leia M 35mm and 90mm

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