A Spin with 25mm Pancake

To all my Indian readers, Happy Deepavali !!

Since it was a public holiday, it was the perfect opportunity to fulfill some of the pending promises for photo-walk sessions with some photo-enthusiast friends. This shutter therapy session, I was joined by a new friend, Chun Chung, together with familiar faces, Choon Wee and Jason Lioh. We attacked the familiar Petaling Street of Kuala Lumpur.

In this particular session, I only used the Olympus Zuiko Pancake 25mm F2.8 lens, all the way with my E-5. I did bring along the fisheye and my staple lens, 50mm F2, but surprisingly I did not switch lens even once throughout this morning. Therefore, I can conclude that the 25mm pancake lens is surprisingly flexible and versatile, almost usable in every shooting situations. Not bad, coming from a budget standard lens, though I must admit the performance in terms of sharpness and overall image quality is no where near any of the High Grade Zuiko lenses. But hey, expectations and measurebating aside, the lens delivered what it promised: a good all around performer for everyday general shooting. It is hard to find any fault with the pancake lens, really.

Top left: Chun Chung
Top right: Choon Wee
Bottom left: Jason Lioh
Bottom right: Robin Wong (me of course)
Everyone is having a piece of that Leica M9 !!

Beef noodles breakfast to kick start the day.

If you can go near enough, the pancake lens can render really good bokeh.

Pancake coverage is good for a little wide angle portrait.

The pancake lens performs well in terms of Autofocusing, even on moving subjects (though not too fast) such as this.

Stepping a few pace backwards, the pancake lens becomes a wide angle.

Sometimes, fitting more subjects into one frame can tell a more compelling story.

Dramatic Tone Art Filter applied.

Morning booze.

The best selling booze of the day.

Dramatic Tone Art Filter applied.

Unhealthy lunch.

the curious kid near our table.

Jason stroking the Leica.

There you go, my shutter therapy session on a public holiday, a short, but fulfilling one. Can't wait for the weekends !!


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  5. hi robin! plan to use it for potraits, shoot my boys,with the need for ambient or low light performance. a bit envious that my fellow olympus bros using M4/3 already have a f1.8 option. say, have you seen a photoblog from hk by rolandlim?

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