OMG, the panasonic/leica 45mm macro is faboo

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Ceci Land
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OMG, the panasonic/leica 45mm macro is faboo
Sep 15, 2012

I just took some happy snappy macros this evening when my new lens came in and I was stunned. I didn't bother with a tripod. I broke every rule in the book. Lighting was terrible and I even used the pop up flash on my G5 for some of 'em. Ya know what...I like 'em anyway. Some may not have critical sharpness because I was lazy, but it's definitely not the lens.

FWIW, I'm still learning my camera, so when I did a natural light hand held shot of my dog, I let the camera chose iso 1600. The quality is amazing compared to what I'm used to....even shooting in jpeg mode. I'm not going to be afraid to shoot 1600 if my goal is just pictures at 5x7 size or so...maybe even up to 8x10.

I took the couple of macro shots of the candy bar just to show what an difference 1 f-stop makes. The macro of the bottle label shows the shallow depth of field.

I do sort of miss the depth of field preview I used on my old camera. But I'm sure I'll eventually learn the 45mm well enough to "just know" about what DOF I'll get at a certain distance and f-stop.

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Re: OMG, the panasonic/leica 45mm macro is faboo
In reply to Ceci Land, Sep 15, 2012

Looks like a Rat Terrier? Nice old dog you have there

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In reply to jalywol, Sep 15, 2012

Good catch. She's the slightly smaller version, a toy fox terrier. She may be small, but she's all terrier. She can be quite the diva too. She is indeed an old phart...going on 15. She's basks in the sun just like yours does...face tilted up to the sun.

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Live and learn, now I know...gallery view sucks
In reply to Ceci Land, Sep 15, 2012

Now I know why everyone on the forum attaches individual images. I'm not going to repost all of the ones from my original post, but just in case folks don't want to click through, yet want to see how the lens performed in a real life, lazy photographer situation.

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In reply to Ceci Land, Sep 15, 2012

It is a great lens and is wonderful on the G5. The G5 does have depth of field preview that you can assign to a function button. Works great!

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In reply to sdeban, Sep 15, 2012

I had to consult my manual...daggum, you're right. It's already on Fn2. It's the one that says something like "shtr speed effect is on". I wonder how I could have missed that? The first press is DOF preview, the second shows the effect of the shutter. Could panasonic have worded that any more obtusely?

Thanks for the heads up. That saved me a lot of time.

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Re: OMG, the panasonic/leica 45mm macro is faboo
In reply to Ceci Land, Sep 15, 2012

'faboo', the new 'awesome'.

Seriously, nice work - imagine one paired up with a GH3.

faboo times two?
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In reply to Ceci Land, Sep 15, 2012

Couldn't have said it better myself! I've had this lens for just over 2 years now, and anytime I post pics I've taken with it, it's all I can do to keep from adding "Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this lens?!" in the description

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In reply to Ceci Land, Sep 16, 2012

I've been surprised how often I end up picking this lens. It's a short tele, but for some reason it works for me ..

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