Panasonic GF2 - 14mm f/2.5 Review - Part 3 Other lenses

Panasonic GF2 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar  lens Novoflex adapter  Panasonic GF1  20mm f/1.7


Panasonic GF2 Leica 90mm f/2.5 Summmarit-M  lens Novoflex adapter  Panasonic GF1  20mm f/1.7


While there's no denying that they look very sexy, this is not really a camera for me to use non-native, non-AF lenses on. Firstly I find the Panasonic LVF1 electronic viewfinder not really up to the job of manually focusing lenses and secondly I find focusing using the screen very fiddly and difficult. The GH2 is much better suited for using such lenses, both in terms of quality and use.


Panasonic GF2 Pentax 35mm f/2.4 lens Novoflex adapter  Panasonic GF1  20mm f/1.7


As I've written before, I'm not convinced that the GF1 sensor is good enough to get the benefit from such lenses. Whether there is any improvement on the GF2, I'll see when I do some testing.


The 20mm f/1.7 pancake and 45mm f/2.8 macro lenses both work very well indeed, and like the 14mm take advantage of the faster autofocus on the GF2.


Some camera porn with the 20mm:-
Panasonic GF2 Leica 90mm f/2.5 Summmarit-M lens Novoflex adapter GF1 20mm f/1.7


Panasonic GF2 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar lens Novoflex adapter GF1 20mm f/1.7


Panasonic GF2 Pentax 35mm f/2.4 lens Novoflex adapter GF1 20mm f/1.7


A couple of shots with the 45mm:-
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For me the GF2 seems ideally suited for situations when I want to work quietly and unobtrusively. Also times when I don't want to carry a heavy outfit. Though lenses like the M-Mount Zeiss, Leicas and Voigtlanders are small, they aren't particularly light. I've had a painful back for the last week, and anything that takes the strain off it is very welcome.


For my particular uses I think these small prime AF lenses work very well with the GF2. They don't "overwhelm" the body and all work very quickly being native Panasonic lenses. The touchscreen shoot function, whereby you touch the point you want to focus on, and the camera focuses and shoots is very useful. It's something I've been doing on my GH2 and it works well. 


Words - David
Images - David and Ann