His side-by-side test of the new lens and the older S-Pro 50mm f1.4 showed just how very close the two lenses are in overall performance. I've tested enough gear that crosses over with Richard Wong's reviews to trust his results and tests. And he seems fairly "Panasonic Oriented."
It was funny today. I was setting up for a portrait of a doctor that I'm scheduled to do tomorrow. I set up some lights and gave the floor a good vacuuming. I cleaned off horizontal surfaces. I decluttered my desk. At some point I got bored by domesticity and sent a text asking my favorite camera store pro if he knew when the new lens might arrive and, if it would be sometime soon, could he please hold one for me and let me know.
About ten minutes later I got a text with a photo of the product box and a 'thumb's up' emoji. The store had just received a shipment of three and he grabbed the nicest looking box for me. I pretended that I wasn't too anxious to go and pick up the lens but I'm not really good at pretending stuff to myself so the act got old really quickly and, a short while later, I was in my car heading north. I texted my guy as I was walking into the store from the parking lot and he met me at the front counter with the box in his hands.
We chatted and then, mission accomplished, I retreated quickly so I could miss the ever-returning Austin traffic. There are some downsides to being the most popular city to move to in the entire country. Traffic jams are one of them.
Tomorrow I start the lens testing ritual in earnest. I'm hoping Richard Wong is absolutely correct and that this lens is remarkably good. Once the testing is over and the results are in I'll be thinning out the accumulation of stop gap 50mm lenses that are taking over all available studio space. The never-ending purge.
That's all I've got right now. Prep yourself for some photos from the new 50mm. You know that's coming.