Panasonic Gh4 25mm f1.4 (2 of 4)

Even though I picked up the coveted Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 lens I still like to have auto focus when possible. With that in mind I just grabbed the child size Panasonic 25mm f1.4 lens. The Voigtlander will still be my shallow depth of field monster for the Panasonic GH4 but at a price of around $450 used the 25mm f1.4 is a reasonably affordable option.

Even though the AF system makes the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 a little fatter than the Voigtlander it’s still incredibly lightweight for a f1.4 lens. Many people told me the Panasonic GH4 body would be tiny compared to my Canon 6d or 5d mark III. While the body is a bit smaller than my 6d it hasn’t been a major difference for me. The real weight and size reduction is in the M4/3 lens format.

Panasonic Gh4 25mm f1.4 (4 of 4)

Setting the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 lens next to the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 lens and the Canon 50mm f1.2, it really becomes apparent how much weight you shed in the amount of glass used. The Canon 50mm f1.2 looks like fat albert standing next to the rest of these lenses. You can basically pack 3 Panasonic primes in the weight envelope of a 50mm f1.2 and that’s probably the best selling point of an M4/3 system for me.

Panasonic Gh4 25mm f1.4 (1 of 4)

Now that I have most of my normal focal lengths covered with the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 and these two 25mm lenses (50 equivalents) I think I might start looking for something in the wider range. I’ve seen the Panasonic 7-14mm f4 but I’ve heard there might be an Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 on the horizon. Do any of you M4/3 users have the scoop on a release date for the Olympus?

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