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Lens Review, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., A Wide-Angle Pancake

Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., On A Sunday Morning Walk
A retro look at the sharp and sure Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., a lightweight wide-angle lens for Micro 4/3 digital cameras.

Had a nice leisurely Sunday morning walk recently, with the age-old Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph. mounted on an equally vintage Pen 'Mini' Olympus E-PM2, which was introduced in 2013. The E-PM2 was a follow-up of the E-PM1, one of the smallest mirrorless digital cameras on the market when it was launched in 2011 with a body weight of only 269 grams.

The update in 2013, saw the Olympus E-PM2 with new 460,000 dots 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD, two additional buttons, a small built-in grip on the front panel, and a 16MP CMOS sensor, the same as found on the E-PL5 and OM-D E-M5. The 16MP sensor, accoladed as a class leader in image quality, was coupled to a TruePic VI image processor. Body colors available were Black, Red, Silver, and White.

On the other hand, the Panasonic Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., introduced in 2010, is one of the pancake lenses available for the Micro Four/Thirds mount, the others being the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH, and the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8. The lens features 6 elements in 5 groups (with 3 aspherical lenses), seven circular diaphragm blades, and a minimum focus distance of 0.18 meters.

Olympus E-PM2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.

The Lumix G is only 20.5 mm thick, weighs 55 grams, takes 46mm diameter filters, has a non-rotating front ring, and has only a manual focusing ring. Focusing and aperture controls are by wire from the camera. The lens covers an angle of view of 75 degrees, equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera.


Square Cuts

A wide-angle 28mm lens, which can be occasionally found with a wide 1.8 maximum aperture, is one of the most popular focal lengths for city and landscape photography. The focal length is capable of capturing images without introducing obvious distortions.

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A 28mm lens is also a good focal length for maintaining a balanced perspective between close subjects and the background. The lens is almost as versatile as a 35mm lens and is also often used for architectural photography and group portraiture.

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The Lumix G 14mm 1:2,5 Asph. is also extremely fast. Mounted on the Olympus E-PM2, the lens took less than a second to transverse its range of focus. As there is little to move inside the lens when focusing, minor focal length changes are equally fast.

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Giving the images the square cuts, or in the 1:1 image aspect ratio helps accentuate the balance and dynamic of the composition.

Olympus E-PM2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.

The feature of the walk was to document images of the Saloma Link, a 69 meters pedestrian bridge linking the vicinity of the Petronas Twin Towers, in Kuala Lumpur City Center, to the residential district of Kampung Bharu across the Klang River. The city-side access to the bridge is also accessible to bicyclists and terminates at a free-standing view platform on the other side of the river.



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