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    Mine just arrived brand new!! it will compliment my 75mm as well. I am one of those "Bokeh lovers"

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    Nocticron.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    Nocticron.....
    Yes, we knew that already ...
    What about some pictures you took with the lens ?

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    working on it, taken heaps of portraits, subjects none of which desire to be shared to the public

    oh here is a street shot with the Nocti

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    working on it, taken heaps of portraits, subjects none of which desire to be shared to the public

    oh here is a street shot with the Nocti
    Mmm, I've seen that barefoot lady before ...
    Well, hope you manage to show us some suitable shots soon.
    Frankly I took quite some shots with the Nocti, but most of them don't do justice to its 'bokehbilities'.

    Kind regards.
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    Nothing exciting, just showing off my lovely new old vase ...



    Last edited by Knorp; 16th March 2015 at 13:56. Reason: changed jr2 into jpg
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    can't see the images Knorp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    can't see the images Knorp?
    Mmm, sorry about that - had them in JR2 format instead of regular JPG.
    Looks like IE doesn't support that format, Safari does ...
    Anyway, should be fixed now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Nothing exciting, just showing off my lovely new old vase ...



    Bart. Gorgeous colors!
    With best regards, K-H.

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    out of camera JPG

    Relatives black cat. Nocticron on the E-M1 with C-AF. I think the AF speed on the Nocticron is actually quicker to lock than even my Oly 75mm f1.8!

    This has got to be one of the sharpest f1.2 lenses ever made
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    Can't and won't argue about being it the sharpest or one of the sharpest ...
    But I think it does a pretty good job wide open and closed down to 5.6 or so it's a remarkable capable landscape lens as K-H has shown us before.

    Note: I had the Oly 75/1.8 very briefly, but didn't like its footprint then and traded it in.
    Still lusting for that lens though ...

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    Thanks Bart. My favorite kind of weather.



    Nocticron on E-M5 with VF-4.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    nice shot out of curiosity k-hawinkler, I noticed you use a VF-4 on an E-M5. Is there a reason why you would prefer to use CF-4 over the built in EVF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    nice shot out of curiosity k-hawinkler, I noticed you use a VF-4 on an E-M5. Is there a reason why you would prefer to use VF-4 over the built in EVF?
    Oh yes, it's so much better. I list some pertinent specs below.

    VF-4 Spec:

    Resolution ........... 2,360,000 pixels
    Field of View ........ 100%
    Magnification ....... 1.48x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)
    Diopter Correction -4.0 to +2.0m-1
    Eye-Point Length .. Approx. 21 mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface)
    Dimensions ......... (WxHxD)1.12 x 1.99 x 1.88" (2.84 x 5.05 x 4.78 cm)
    Weight ................ Approx. 1.47 oz (41.8 g) without case


    VF-2 Spec:

    Resolution ........... 1.44 million pixels
    Field of View ........ 100 %
    Magnification ....... 1.15x (0.92x with settings bar switched on)
    Diopter Correction -4 to +2

    With best regards, Karl-Heinz
    With best regards, K-H.

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    E-M1 / E-M5 Mark II Viewfinder Spec:

    Resolution ........... 2,360,000 pixels
    Field of View ........ 100%
    Magnification ....... 1.48x

    So, the VF-4 gave me the same viewfinder as is in the E-M1and E-M5 Mark II - but a lot earlier for my E-M5.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Also it gave you an articulating EVF! I really miss that on my E-M1. Wonder if the VF4 is compatible with the E-M1 and E-M5ii?
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    Re: Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 lens experiences?

    Today we had quite an extended heavy downpour, rain mixed with hail, that cleaned the air.
    This is a high res shot from late afternoon with Nocticron on E-M5 Mark II.



    I love the colors the Nocticron on E-M5 Mark II produces!
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    Also it gave you an articulating EVF! I really miss that on my E-M1. Wonder if the VF4 is compatible with the E-M1 and E-M5ii?
    Yes, the VF-4 can be mounted on the E-M1 and it seems to work just fine.
    No, there is no way to mount the VF-4 on the E-M5 Mark II.

    On the E-M1 and E-M5 one has to remove a small plastic cover plate right below the hot mount for the flash. That is the place where another connection is made between the camera and the VF-4.

    On the E-M5 Mark II there is no cover plate but the viewfinder glass itself.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    E-M5 Mark II with Nocticron
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Re: Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 lens experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    Also it gave you an articulating EVF! I really miss that on my E-M1. Wonder if the VF4 is compatible with the E-M1 and E-M5ii?
    I guess it should be compatible with the E-M1, but I'm sure it is not compatible with the E-M5 mk2 which is lacking the accessory plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zensu View Post
    Just got a like new used 42.5mm and my first impression was this is a heavy lens. My second impression was after looking at images and the word is awesome! Love this lens!
    Bobby
    I still adore this lens but I hate the hood! It's leaking glue onto my lens barrel. I called Panasonic USA and they want to charge me for the repair which doesn't surprise me because it's not in warranty. The surprising thing is they insist that I send in both the hood and lens? I haven't decided what to do as they won't even give me general guess as to how much they will charge for the hood repair. Why the heck do you think they want my lens too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zensu View Post
    I still adore this lens but I hate the hood! It's leaking glue onto my lens barrel. I called Panasonic USA and they want to charge me for the repair which doesn't surprise me because it's not in warranty. The surprising thing is they insist that I send in both the hood and lens? I haven't decided what to do as they won't even give me general guess as to how much they will charge for the hood repair. Why the heck do you think they want my lens too?
    never had issues with my hood, as I do not use it. The Nocticron seems quite resilient to flare, and for lens protection I use a B+W UV haze filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    never had issues with my hood, as I do not use it. The Nocticron seems quite resilient to flare, and for lens protection I use a B+W UV haze filter.
    Take my advice and keep the lens hood off this marvelous lens! I'm finding out how well this lens handles flare (superbly) and realizing I can shade the lens with my hand on the rare occasions I see any hint of flare.
    I've had my Olympus EP5 converted to IR and I mounted a B&W Clear filter for protection, hopefully this lens and my P/L 15mm F1.7 will both perform admirably in IR captures.
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    Bought my lens in November last year and always have the lens hood on and so far no issues with glue leaking.
    The trick to me seems not to over tighten that small screw. There is amazingly little force required to keep the hood securely attached.
    But as always, YMMV

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    nice tip knorp! will remember that if I use my still in box nocticron hood.

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    My lens seems to be in great shape. No problems whatsoever I can detect. :-)





    E-M5 Mark II with Nocticron
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-hawinkler View Post
    My lens seems to be in great shape. No problems whatsoever I can detect. :-)
    Then take of the hood and check the rim, K-H ...
    But yes, it's all about the (Leica) glass and to me that seems to be pretty awesome !

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    Re: Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 lens experiences?

    Mine arrived this morning.

    What do you folk do when using it on a camera with OIS such as the Olympus E-M5?

    Lens OIS on or off?

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    Mine arrived this morning.

    What do you folk do when using it on a camera with OIS such as the Olympus E-M5?

    Lens OIS on or off?

    Tony
    Congrats, Tony ! It's a great lens and I'm sure you'll like it as much as I do !

    FWIW I'm using Oly's IBIS exclusively so I'm turning off lens OIS.

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    Same as Knorp, I use the Nocticron on my E-m1 exclusively with IBIS for stills. For video it depends on my mood as both IBIS and OIS behave differently so it is more scene dependent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    Same as Knorp, I use the Nocticron on my E-m1 exclusively with IBIS for stills. For video it depends on my mood as both IBIS and OIS behave differently so it is more scene dependent.
    Thanks. Could you please elaborate on the difference? TIA.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    the most obvious difference is most noticeable when fast panning. I find panning with IBIS very fluid but when trying to pan quickly there can be a slight lag as the IBIS trys to compensate for the initial pan movement. With OIS, it seems to respond better if fast panning is required. Also, the IBIS in a quite room is audible in recordings, whereas OIS seems to be inaudible.

    Obviously the pros of OIS dos not come without some cons. The con is that the optical stabilizer is not where as effective when you want to simulate dolly pan, and does not feel as damped as IBIS.

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    I've been using the 42.5mm the last few days with an ancient Lumix G1. Pretty nice result.

    at f4

    P1120900.jpg by VINCE, on Flickr

    at f1.2
    P1120905.jpg by VINCE, on Flickr

    P1120907.jpg by VINCE, on Flickr

    P1120969.jpg by VINCE, on Flickr

    Here are a couple of my daughter at 1.2

    P1120944.jpg by VINCE, on Flickr

    P1120930.jpg by VINCE, on Flickr
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    Excellent, Vince. The last one is my favorite - beautiful!

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    My lens arrived last week and I took it out for a play on Saturday.

    Tony Gamble Photography

    About half the shots are single frames and the other half were my first experiment at Brenizer stitched bokeh (Woo-hoo! “Brenizer Method” (bokehrama, etc.) instructional video, produced by B&H! » Ryan Brenizer — NYC Wedding Photographer. Storyteller, problem solver.)

    I am pleased with my investment!

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