Panasonic Lumix 14mm F2.5 - I Want More Pancake Lenses

I have owned the Panasonic Lumix 14mm F2.5 pancake lens before, many years ago, and I decided not to keep it because it is quite similar in size to the Olympus 14-42mm pancake kit lens, which offers a versatile zoom range. I admit the Panasonic 14mm is still smaller, being a prime lens it offers sharper optics and overall better image quality and the F2.5 brighter aperture is beneficial in low light environment. However, the Panasonic 14mm is also slower to AF and it does suffer severe purple fringing (chromatic aberration) issues when used on Olympus bodies. I loaned one from a friend recently and brought the Panasonic 14mm mounted on my own Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III for some street photography sessions. I got to say, I do enjoy using it, being so small, light and slim in design, and I am very happy with the image output that it delivers. 

I have made a video sharing my experience using the Panasonic 14mm F2.5 lens, watch it here:

I have blogged about the Panasonic 14mm F2.5 before, several years ago, and I shall not repeat myself writing my thoughts on the lens all over again. Instead, I shall share my fresh photographs taken from my recent street photography outings. I personally am starting to love the wider angle coverage for my street shooting, and I am slowly improving my use of wide angle photography. That was the main reason I got the Fujifilm XF10, to force myself to use wide angle, being a fixed lens on the camera with no zoom options, or interchangeable lens capability. I can totally see the Panasonic 14mm F2.5 being the perfect alternative for Micro Four Thirds shooters who want a truly compact 28mm equivalent prime lens. It should be quite cheap on the used market now and won't put a dent to your wallet, yet it does offer a significant upgrade over the kit lens when it comes to image quality. 

Surprise, I Got Myself FUJIFILM XF10

Happy New Year 2021 to all you awesome people! I hope you have had a great start to the new year, and boy have I a surprise here. I got myself a Fujifilm XF10! I want to share the reasons I decided to get XF10 and also my experience using the camera for a short holiday trip to Penang recently. There are many things that I do love about the XF10, and a few things that dislike about it. For those who prefer to watch this in a video format, I have also made a YouTube video here:

Some disclaimers first - I have no affiliation to Fujifilm Malaysia, and I purchased the Fuji XF10 with my own money. Therefore, this is an independent assessment of the camera's performance, and what I share here is entirely from my own subjective experience and opinion using the camera. Also, this is NOT a review of the Fuji XF10, because the camera has been around since 2018 and you can find plenty of review articles and YouTube videos available online. I don't think I have anything new to add, but I can share my images shot with the XF10, and my own personal experience handling the camera. All images were shot in RAW and post-processed in Capture One Pro. 

So let's get the obvious question out of the way. Why a Fujifilm XF10?

At this moment, starting January 2021, I am no longer an Olympus Visionary. I have not heard from any JIP representative, no one contacted me, so I am currently not tied to any camera brand in particular, and FINALLY I am free to explore any other cameras out there with no contractual restrictions. The first thought that came to mind was to look for something affordable, compact and easy to bring about, and the Fujifilm XF10 checked all the right boxes. Having large APS-C sized image sensor in the camera with wide angle fixed lens, all in a truly compact form factor, with really beautiful design to boot, I just could not resist getting one. Ming Thein, a fellow Malaysian professional photographer and friend has spoken very highly of the XF10 (click here for his quick review), so what could possibly go wrong? 

It is a new year, and getting a new camera to start the year fresh was just what I needed.