Micro Four Thirds Lens Shootout!

Took my collection of lenses for my Panasonic Lumix G7 M4/3 camera out for a bit of a Shootout.

Lenses used were:

Olympus 9mm Fisheye fixed at f8, manual focus

Panasonic 14mm f2.5-f22

Panasonic 25mm f1.7-f22

Panasonic 14-140mm f4-5.8

Here’s a composition image of the various shots I took. Larger individual shots will be in the gallery for closer inspection. (I used a tripod, and just switched lenses as I shot. I wanted the camera position stable to show the ‘crop’ of each lens.)

Here is the 14mm and the 25mm at Max Settings. The 14mm @ f2.5 1/3200 and the 25mm @ f1.7 1/4000

The 14-140mm telephoto is a great lens, and is rarely off the camera. One day I might shell out to get the upgraded version of it, which has a bit more aperature range, and is all weathersealed.

The Main Event here was testing the 14mm vs the 25mm. I love that Big 1.7 Aperture of the 25, and it has some wonderful Bokeh, but it’s kind of hard to work with, just feels too close-in most times. Whereas the 14mm is pretty much the perfect street lens. Fast enough for most days and indoor shots, and has that magical 1:1 eyeball to reality ratio. I actually got the 25mm for video work indoors, and the 1.7 helps out on lighting, but again, hard to work with it in tight quarters. The 14 is perfect, other than occasionally needing additional light. The 9mm is an oddity, was originally purchased for the video (overhead view of a gaming table) but the fisheye and f8 make for difficult lighting and it’s not sharp enough to see details at close range. It is nice for landscape shots though, but so are the 14mm and the telephoto. Have to admit, the 9mm and 25mm might be on the chopping block…

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