Photographic Heaven?


The 5th. and I think final day of this cold winter high pressure weather. Its been a real treat to work in light like this. Today we are forecast to return to the usual UK January gloom.


Its been an interesting period with my unplanned discovery of the wonders of M-mount lenses on my GH2. I've had a smile on my face for a couple of days now, and I'm really pleased with both using these lenses on this camera and looking at the results. Yesterday I used the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton and the Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar, which is just wonderful. I love working with just two prime lenses and find it liberating and creative. I also don't shoot too many images which I'm liable to do with zoom lenses.


In a forum post last year I wrote about how I imagined that I would be using a GH2 + Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton as my main camera lens combination at this time, and so it has proved. 

Panasonic GH2 Voigtlander 25mm f0.95

Its not everybody's ideal m4/3 system, as it's not a light lens, but I find it great to use. So far I'm not missing anything wider, choosing instead to create multi-image pictures. I still have the Olympus 9-18mm zoom, but currently have no inclination to use it. Its a good lens but doesn't have the magic of what I've been using for the past three days. 

For the first time in a long time, I'm happy and satisfied with what I'm using and really don't want to use anything else. This is pleasing and also very surprising. I have enjoyed using "alternative" lenses on m4/3 for some time now and to me it's one of the joys of the system. It has sometimes felt in the past as if I was indulging myself as it was difficult to see the benefits. Not so with the GH2.

I do appreciate that its not everybody's idea of photographic heaven, fiddling around with retro design manual focus lenses, but we all have our little quirks!! For me to be able to do it while at the same time producing some of the highest quality images I've ever got from m4/3, and indeed right up there with the best from any system, is probably the reason I've been smiling so much lately. This time its not heart versus head or what I want to do rather than what I should do. This combination of light, small gear leading to pleasure in the process of picture making and high quality results has taken me a while to find and I've enjoyed it enormously for the last three days. I can't wait to get out and use it again.

Words - David
Images - David and Ann