Panasonic 25mm, f/1.4 [Panasonic Image]

A week or so ago I received a Facebook message from a gentleman in Brooklyn, NY. He had some Olympus and Panasonic gear for sale. I didn't know this gentleman, but in looking at his profile, he appeared to be legit. Long story short, I decided to purchase two of the lenses he had: the Panasonic 25mm, f/1.4 and the Olympus 45mm, f/1.8. I made the one-to-one purchase with some trepidation, but it all worked out and I received the lenses last week before going to the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph event in nearby Charlottesville, VA. I mention this because this meant I was on the Downtown Mall - a several block-long pedestrian street in Charlottesville with many shops, street vendors and performers, and, of course, people. This is a perfect place to try out new lenses.

Olympus 45mm, f/1.8 [Olympus Image]

And try these new lenses out I did! I fell in love with the shallow depth of field possible with the 25mm opened up to its widest aperture of f/1.4. Though a bit larger physically than my Olympus 25mm, f/1.8 lens, it is is great lens. In fact, I immediately decided to sell my Olympus 25mm. At a 35mm equivalent of 50mm, the 25mm is a nice lens for street photography. The 45mm, however, is also okay but for getting shots of things a bit further distant since it has a 35mm focal length equivalency of 90mm. It is quite small and a sharp lens. Both of these lenses have found a permanent place in my camera bag!

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