My Panasonic GM1, with the Panasonic Leica Summilux 15mm f1.7, JB Camera Designs grip and Gordy wrist strap

This set up above is the whole reason I purchased the GM1 in the first place. Small. Capable. Perfect for my on bike camera. Easy to fit in my jersey pocket of back pack. I wanted a small, bright lens and the external aperture ring on the camera makes the GM1 immensely more functional.  No more fiddling with the control wheel on the back unless you want to change exposure compensation. 

I have been shooting this combo non stop for 3 days. I have shot it on both the Olympus EM1 and the Panasonic GM1. So far, here are my thoughts.

- I think it is an outstanding lens. I have read elsewhere that folks are not that impressed with it. I think this is in part because it says "Leica" on it and that just maybe folks haven't found the sweet spot, or if they did, it doesn't fit their personal style.

- I think it is quite a punchy/contrasty lens. I think it has colors similar to the Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

- Well controlled Chromatic Aberration. See the wild daisy shot below. 

- Flare - I had to try really hard to make it flare. See church shot below.

- Small & light weight

- Good construction. Built well. Feels great using it.

- Nice out of focus rendering (bokeh)

But...Enough about that, let's see some pictures. It was hot and harsh light on this solstice day with the sun high in the sky.

So....I own the Olympus 17mm f1.8 as well. How does this compare? I haven't shot them head to head yet but I will. No comments yet. As I wrote in the last post on this lens, more to come


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