Panasonic GX1 review and user experience - 14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

A few shots with the 14mm f/2.5 which arrived as part of the GF3 kit. This lens doesn't always get a good press, and I'm a little mystified as to why not. This is my second copy, and its nice and sharp, even at f/2.5 which is what I used for all these pictures. OK its a little softer in the corners at wide apertures, but this is a wide-angle pancake lens at a reasonable price, so I'm not sure what people expect. I sell a lot of pictures taken with my previous copy, so I'm perfectly happy with it.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

 
Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5
Using it, the GX1 is very similar to the G3 in terms of performance. AF is fast and reliable, and it could be my imagination but I do think that there is less of a shutter lag than on previous G series cameras. Certainly the shutter feels very responsive.

Colour is certainly excellent. Bright, saturated, yet realistic. That "glossy" m4/3 look I'm always going on about.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14mm f/2.5

I must say, I do like the viewfinder. As I predicted, it doesn't move in use, and outdoors its nice and bright and though I haven't got anything to compare it with, it does seem, from memory, virtually identical to the G series built-in EVF's. Which of course begs the question, why didn't Panasonic do this in the first place?