Lumix GX1: 14mm Street Shooter
Earlier this month I waxed enthusiastic about my latest toy, the adorably-named Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. Since then, I’ve had a chance to read Peter Thomsons’ review of the 14mm F2.5 pancake lens in his London Street Photography blog. I highly recommend it and the linked reviews from that article, they’re all excellent.
I’ve been a fan of the 14mm pancake since I got mine with my GF2 last year. It is surprisingly good, amazingly compact and unobtrusive. I find this lens on the front of my camera about 50% of the time. I tend to use it as the default when storing my camera in its bag, mostly because it’s compact, and keeps a lens on the camera for shooting if I want to snap something quickly. The other half of the time, I revert to the 20mm F1.7. It’s hard to talk about a micro-four-thirds system without mentioning one of these two lenses they are so canonical to the system.
Reading the reviews of the 14mm made me realize something though: It is a fantastic little lens.
Maybe because of the low price or diminutive size or plain old utility of it, it never reached out and struck me as a real attention-grabber. It sort of quietly does its job, lets you shoot great pictures and all the while doesn’t draw attention to itself.
It’s also a focal length I really love. At a full-frame equivalent of 28mm, it is a medium wide-angle lens. You can get quite a lot of scenery in a single shot.
I was in London last week and when I was lucky enough to do some walking about, I kept this little lens on the front of my camera. It really shines in a street setting, giving you enough room to take in some of the scenery around your subject if you want to. If you want to fill a frame with something, you have to get in close which can be fun (or a little daunting).
If you have a micro four-thirds camera and you don’t have one of these little gems (I believe we’re calling them “the pocket rocket” now), you owe it to your camera to pick one up. They really are amazing.