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Panasonic GX80/85 with summilux 15?
Old 10-03-2016   #1
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Panasonic GX80/85 with summilux 15?

Im thinking of the Panasonic GX80/85 with summilux 15? Anyone who used the camera or lens?

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Old 10-03-2016   #2
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I use the 15 on a GX-8 and GH-4. Nice lens rendering, aperture ring a very nice feature. Good build quality.

I initially thought the 30mm equivalent focal length might feel awkward, but I've had no difficulty adjusting to it.

I can't comment on the GX80/85, but others seem to like it, as an updated GX-7, which was a popular model.
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I bought the GX80+15/1.7 combination this summer primarily to dip my toe into 4k video.
I already had an Olympus E-M5 mkI and 25/1.4.

It was really fun to use - super fast autofocus and great video - the IBIS and electronic stabilization are amazing as if the camera on a steady-cam.
The manual focus peaking and exposure zebra make the far more useable compared to the Olympus.

The lens is sharp and flare seems well controlled.

I've been spoilt a little through using a Leica M9; the CCD color is superior and the signal to noise and bit depth from the M9 results in more glossy images.
The GX80 images are a bit flatter and show more shadow noise - but it's not bad and rather like film grain at 100% crop.

I think it's a close thing image wise between the Ricoh GR and the GX80+15/1.7.
For speed the GX80+15/1.7 combo is the clear winner.

The down sides :
The viewfinder is sharp but a bit small, especially compared to a Leica RF.
The rear buttons are too easily pressed e.g. by the strap; similarly I turned the touch screen off.
The lower SNR and bit depth of micro43

Here are a few images from an overnight walk up Glen Tilt with just the 15/1.7 carried.

Looking down Glen Tilt after the rain cleared

Successful shooting party

Brewing my tea

Pools at the Chest of Dee

Pools of Dee at the top of the Lairig Ghru

My Bivvy campsite looking over Aviemore ( the wind dropped and 1,000,000 midges appeared 5 minutes after taking this photo trapping me in the bivvy bag )

Finally something a bit different :
4k video sample with the 25/1.4 @ 1.4 ( with x2 digital crop in camera ) camera held above my head - the tilt screen is very handy for this https://youtu.be/G6h689zC8AM
It's the weird colour scheme that freaks me. Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up black to let you know you've done it.
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caveat is that i have not used the 15 or the gx80, which seems like a nice compact camera that shoots like a gx7. i have been very interested in the 15, because its a 'leica', because it has an aperture ring, because its compact and because its a great street focal legnth. so ive done a lot of looking and mentally comparing. personally, as much as i want to like this lens, based on what ive seen, it renders very flat. it has zero 'pop'. i wonder if it is designed to be a video lens. compared to the panny 20, the leica 12 or 25, it seems to render very differently in color and clarity. ive decided its not for me. yvmv.
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Bought it and love it!

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Not nearly as fast, but for most of the day, the Voigtlander 15 is also an excellent performer on mirrorless cameras. I used it on my X-Pro1 and loved it.
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The other thing to do is to set the Voigtlander 15mm to 1m focus distance and F8. Basically infinite depth of field, so you can just shoot away with no focus lag (in good light, of course).

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