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Old Feb 15, 2012, 11:09 AM   #11
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She's going to the T1 just now and eventually one of the big transports. The guys going to the combact/fighters next go to the T38. There were a few of those in her class.

We all flamed out in the simulator. Me, her mother and grandfather. My mom refused to go in after watching us.
Great! The T1 Jayhawk...she is getting into her first twin jet trainer. A proud papa indeed.
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The 25 is one of those sirens I keep hearing the call of. It would be easier for me to add that lens to my outfit, replacing the 20, before my trip in late May than trying to add the E-M5, but the 20 is one pretty good lens.
I think I'm the only person on the planet who did not care for the 20mm. I had it for a few weeks and returned it. I've said this many times, it's a great lens as long as the lighting condition is not harsh. I found that it cannot deal with high contrast that well and tends to cause highlight clipping very easily. Perhaps the coating is not that great but the 14mm can handle high contrast a lot better.

As for the 25mm, it's my favorite. It's fast, has excellent optics, it produces great bokeh, and it is not as tight in terms of FL as the 45mm. It handles contrast very well too. One day I walked around the house (inside and out) with the 45-200mm set to 45mm and many times I had problems framing subjects the way I wished to due to lack of space. That's been the second reason (first is always money) why I haven't pulled the trigger on the 45mm...it's a bit too tight. The 25mm on the other hand is a true 50mm, which I'm vary used to from my film days.
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I think I'm the only person on the planet who did not care for the 20mm. I had it for a few weeks and returned it. I've said this many times, it's a great lens as long as the lighting condition is not harsh. I found that it cannot deal with high contrast that well and tends to cause highlight clipping very easily. Perhaps the coating is not that great but the 14mm can handle high contrast a lot better.

As for the 25mm, it's my favorite. It's fast, has excellent optics, it produces great bokeh, and it is not as tight in terms of FL as the 45mm. It handles contrast very well too. One day I walked around the house (inside and out) with the 45-200mm set to 45mm and many times I had problems framing subjects the way I wished to due to lack of space. That's been the second reason (first is always money) why I haven't pulled the trigger on the 45mm...it's a bit too tight. The 25mm on the other hand is a true 50mm, which I'm vary used to from my film days.
When you get some free time, how about posting one of your shots taken with the 25mm. Is that an Olympus lens or Panny?
Never mind, I now see you must have the Leica/Panny DG Summilux 25, f/1.4 micro....something I won't be able to afford for a while.
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Yes, that's the lens I have, James. I actually bought it through the Panasonic EPP and got it for $449. If I had to pay street price I would not be able to afford it either. I'll post some pictures tonight.
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Yes, that's the lens I have, James. I actually bought it through the Panasonic EPP and got it for $449. If I had to pay street price I would not be able to afford it either. I'll post some pictures tonight.
Now that was a deal. I know the Panny 20mm is pretty sharp but not quite as sharp as the Leica. I also understand that the Leica focuses much faster too.
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The 20mm is pretty sharp. I had no complains in that department. The Leica focuses faster and it's much quieter but the 20mm is smaller. However, the greatest advantage of the Leica is speed. If it was any slower than f1.4, I probably would not have bought it.
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I kinda like the slightly wider field of view the 20mm gives. Truth be told, I could pass on both the 20 and 25 for a 17mm Olympus re-make, one stop faster at f2 and equipped with the MSC internal AF system. I often just carry the 7.5, 12 and 45. Certainly makes the thought-process of what to use much simpler.
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I had the 17mm and liked it. I have the 14mm, which complements the 25mm so I have no use for the 20mm. I certainly agree with you, Greg. A 17mm f2 or even better...f1.8 would be awesome and I'd probably sell the 14mm and 25mm in favor of it (assuming it won't cost more than $300).
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