Trying out a new lens!

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For years I’ve been a big fan of lenses, everybody’s lenses!  When I worked for Nikon as a Tech Rep,  I tested hundreds of lenses and for my own curiosity I’ve tested hundreds more!  One lens I have always admired and heard great things about was the Olympus 75mm f 1.8.  I never was an Olympus shooter so I never had any real personal experience with it.  When I decided to pick up a Panasonic Lumix GX85, (a Micro 4/3rds sensor camera), I now had a camera that could accept that lens, so I picked one up and boy am I excited with the images!


About the lens, because it is used n micro 4/3rds sensor and a 2X crop factor,  the focal length is the equiv. of a 150mm with a maximum, aperture of f 1.8.  It is a odd focal length but a great moderate telephoto with exceptional performance and fast to boot!  it is physically small and handles very well on the small range finder style body, the GX85.  The images below are just random shots I took this morning driving around Corbin with Chester.  All handheld, see what you think?



I know Sharpness is hard to evaluate on the internet, but the files are impressive on my computer screen, even at 100%!  Not the most exciting subject matter, but I felt the lens performed very well!  I would welcome your comments and thoughts!





the pilgrim



3 Responses

  1. Eric Wojtkun says:

    Missed you boss! Well I know the sensor is pretty good, I have about 5k shutter actions on my G85 (the twin non-rangerfinder to your GX85). It is very capable, and the lens does great. I’ve been on the fence about snagging this 75mm for years. I think the combo of portability and usability for this focal length is just fantastic. I can’t see the aperture in shot records, but the 1.8 allows you to get incredible control on depth of field since it is a “150mm” lens. You can do small or large at your discretion! I get great control with my 40-150 2.8 so this should be awesome as well. I hope to see some portraits soon! I also enjoyed the color settings. Just wondering what you used, because the Lumix color science is pretty rich and it looks good to my eyes! God Bless!

    • admin says:

      I’ve been experimenting, since the camera is new, also shooting the Olympus OM-1 E Mk III.
      I think most of those were Standard or maybe a few Vivid. I think the Fujifilm colors are
      amount the best I’ve seen but in many instances the Panasonic and Olympus are pretty dang good too!
      i’e been shocked at how good the noise is on the Micro 4/3rds sensors, and when it is a little noisy up around 3200 and 6400, DeNoise cleans it up very well! I think the sensor design is getting amazing on almost tall newer camera, for an old guy like me it screw is nice too not hav lug around full frame lenses!

  2. admin says:

    “sure is nice”