Damien De­molder

Favourite lens Pana­sonic Le­ica DG Sum­milux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH

Amateur Photographer - - Technique | Mirrorless Lenses Of The Pros -

I use the Pana­sonic Lu­mix DMC- GH5, DMC- GX8 and DMC- GX800. For­tu­nately there are a lot of nice lenses to choose from in the Pana­sonic range for Mi­cro Four Thirds cam­eras. I love the Le­ica 42.5mm f/1.2 and Le­ica 12mm f/1.4 lenses but the one I use the most is the Le­ica 25mm f/1.4. Not only is the fo­cal length a great all- rounder that works well for street and por­traits, but the fo­cus­ing is as­ton­ish­ingly fast and the optical qual­ity ex­cep­tional. The stan­dard lens for any sys­tem is my favourite, and this 25mm is the stan­dard for Mi­cro Four Thirds – just as a 50mm is stan­dard for full-frame cam­eras. The an­gle of view matches not so much what my eyes can see (as hu­man vis­ual aware­ness stretches to al­most 180 de­grees) but what I can con­cen­trate on. It’s that an­gle of view I like to present to the viewer. This Le­ica-branded 25mm was one of the very early Mi­cro Four Thirds lenses, but since it was up­dated in 2011 it con­tin­ues to serve well. It is sharp wide open, which is one of my key re­quire­ments. I love to pick out what I want the viewer to see us­ing a shal­low depth of field, so con­se­quently like as wide an aper­ture as I can get. Most full-frame lenses don’t per­form es­pe­cially well at their widest aper­ture, but the top- end Le­ica Pana­sonic lenses do. It’s a crit­i­cal part of my style and it’s im­por­tant for low-light work. AF speed, res­o­lu­tion wide open, nice-look­ing out- of-fo­cus high­lights and well- con­trolled chro­matic aber­ra­tions are things I ask for in a lens, and this lit­tle stan­dard has all of those things.

The an­gle of view is great for shoot­ing street pho­tog­ra­phy Pana­sonic Lu­mix DC-GH5, 25mm, 1/640sec at f/1.4, ISO 200

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