Snowdrops with Panasonic GH2

Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro
Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro


This was an occasion when my Panasonic AF lenses came into their own. Every year in my local churchyard there's a wonderful display of snowdrops. I like to shoot these from a low angle and the GH2 with its articulated screen makes this possible to do. AF is essential for this. The touchscreen was also incredibly useful as I could pick my focus point and then take the shot.


Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5
Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5 


I used the 14mm f/2.5 and 45mm f/2.8 macro lenses.


Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5
Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5


Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro
Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro


Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5
Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5


I like the 14mm f/2.5 very much. There seems to be some debate over just how good this lens is, and there seems to be a concern over possible quality control and consistency issues, as some people seem to have a very negative reaction to this lens. However my copy seems fine. Its a very useful lens, being so small and light. I can take it out with me, no matter what else I'm carrying and not worry about extra size and weight because it hardly has any of either.


Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5
Panasonic GH2 14mm f/2.5


I also have no issues with the 45mm f/2.8 macro, though others, particularly reviewers seem to. The shots below were taken with it. All were hand held, using one hand at very low angles, and there was no problem with the AF which for a macro lens was quick. The focus was spot on and the images are sharp. The built in OIS image stabilisation system also worked very well. Its a great lens.


Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro
Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro


Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro
Panasonic GH2 45mm f/2.8 Macro


Words - David
Images - David and Ann