As curious as I've been I always thought the 75mm might be too long a focal length and have too few applications for my style of photography. But when a close friend decided to move on from the Panasonic/Leica 42.5 f1.2 and also his Oly 75mm f1.8 I was thrilled to acquire them. I wrote about the Panasonic/Leica lens on Sunday and I will reiterate that I loved the look, the sharpness, and the colors from that lens.
I took a break from being a serious blogging photographer yesterday because I was busy being a regular, commercial photographer instead (I did 15 really nice headshots for an advertising agency yesterday --- they called minutes ago to book me on another shoot this Friday!!!) and by the time I got home, got the images processed and a gallery made it was too hot outside and I was too wiped out to audition the second new lens. The 75mm had to wait until today...
We had a hell of a great swim practice this morning and I also had to sit down and finish a John Sanford novel (Heat Lightning) I'd started the day before but in the early afternoon I was ready to brave the heat and go out for a brisk stroll with one of the longest (angle of view) prime lenses I would every willingly take for a casual walk. And guess what?
It's a wonderful lens. It's not quite as contrasty as the Panasonic/Leica but it's not flat either. It wanted a little boost to the contrast in Lightroom. Somewhere along the lines of "plus 10" and once applied the images present as crisp and satisfying. It actually renders exceptionally well, with the background areas smoothly and calmly out of focus when used at, or near, wide open. In fact, all of the images below were shot at f1.8 to f2.5. I think it's remarkably good performance and the GH6 camera takes full advantage of the on tap sharpness. But you can see this for yourself in the images below.
I braved the 103° heat just so I could show these test photographs to you. You might as well click on them and see the gallery writ large. Ah, test images. Don't you wish all reviews came with proof of concept?
Amazingly the lens still retails for $899 at most major retailers. Seems to hold its value well. Every once in a while a camera company makes a real effort to create a lens masterpiece. This is one of them.