Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 O.I.S.: The Selective Lens

It is a common say in the photo channel to qualify the Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 OIS lens as a “portrait” lens. Mainly because of its narrowed angle of view and its relatively large maximum aperture, the Lumix G 42.5mm (as for the Olympus Zuiko 45mm F1.8 counterpart) is mainly assimilated to that specific subject.

 

 

 
In fact it’s a selective lens because it proposed a cropped vision of the photo context and also because of its maximum aperture it proposed a narrowed depth of field. But combined with the Optical Image Stabilisation (O.I.S.) the Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 is opening you an array of photographic opportunities exceeding by far the limited use of portrait.
 
 
For example its close focusing ability can be use for near photography and for smaller subjects. Discriminating the foreground from the background can be also a very creative option that exceeds the normal human vision.
 
 
Well built with a large manual focusing ring the Panasonic Lumix G 42,5mm f1.7 lens is easy to handheld with a good compactly virtue. The furnished lens hood complete a good package and offer an extra protection of the front glass element of the lens.
 
 
You should appreciate the Lumix G 42.5mm as a strong discriminating lens for street and casual photography or any kind of discriminating photography essay.
 
 
 

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Photo-imaging with Nikon 1 30-110mm f3.5-5.6

Mini -Intro
Last March (2014) I have decided to “flush again” my entire photo taking system which is part of a periodical therapy for my mind, my back and my wallet! So I came back with the idea to choose for the second time to purchase a Nikon 1 model, the V2. My first experience with the V1 has given interesting result but I was not really enthusiasm with the handling of the camera.
The Nikon 1 V2 remind me with its odd body form, the design of my old and beloved Nikon F3 HP, an ancient 35mm film camera that have the pleasure to work professionally some years ago (!). But today any digital camera is giving us instant gratifying result.
Of the two lenses composing my present kit, I must admit that I prefer the 30-110mm which is a beautiful lens especially for near distance capturing subjects. Here is some examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short B&W essay with the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Black and white photography has been the classical way of doing light imaging right from the start of this new pictorial “art”. And I have followed the same path since my modest debut with a Kodak Brownie 620 film camera.

The best definition of the mastering this art has been described, analyzed and practiced by Ansel Adams as he have extendedly explain in his book trilogy: the Camera, the Film and the Print.

I will not pretend approaching Ansel Adams artistic ability but I think that if you are doing good black and white pictures it can improve deeply your entire photographic skill even in color.

Here are some recent works with the Olympus OM-D E-M5. All pictures files are originally done in black and white.

Snowfall over the bridge

 

Minette face in B&W

 

Cross lightning over the balcony

 

Black and white photo painting of the river in winter