Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH

Low angle fun

Olympus OM-D has two great features for low angle shooting. First of all it has a tilting LCD screen which is very handy when shooting low or high angle shots. Secondly, you can trigger the shutter by using LCD screen’s touch function. Just touch the subject you want to focus on in the screen and the camera triggers the shutter immediately. There is also an option to only select a focus point by touching. In that case you trigger the shutter in normal way by pushing the shutter button.

I took the shot below using these nice features. The camera was on the floor beside me and I used the touch screen to trigger the shutter. Tiitus didn’t even know that I was taking some photos. Really fantastic!

Behavin’

Just a short post about the AF speed of different lenses in m4/3 system. As I stated earlier the current generation of Olympus M.ZUIKO lenses are blazingly fast to achieve the focus. The situation is not the same with Panasonic lenses, unfortunately. My Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH lens has quite mediocre AF when used with Olympus OM-D body. Huge difference when compared to M.ZUIKOs and there is also quite much focus hunting too. The shot below was taken in reasonable indoor lighting (due my standards) with Lumix 20/1.7. M.ZUIKOs will focus instantaneously in those conditions having no hunting at all. Lumix 20/1.7 was instead hunting a lot. Not good. I am now thinking to get M.ZUIKO 17/1.8 lens to replace the Lumix. Many reviews report that the 17/1.8 has a really fast AF and has also more pleasing bokeh than 20/1.7.

My Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN is much faster in focusing than the Lumix 20/1.7. I think Sigma is very well acceptable even if not so fast than M.ZUIKOs. Also the focus hunting is very minimal with the Sigma. Very nice performance for so cheap lens!

All in all, some lenses are behavin', some are not.

Wood horsetail

Wood horsetail

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH lens is very versatile tool which will shine also when shooting close-up shots.

Landscapes, low-light indoors, candids, close-ups. You name it and this little wonder delivers. Very compact package with my Olympus E-P1, very comfortable to use.