A two lens kit

Well, I’m hoping that it will be a three lens kit rather soon, but for now, it’s a two lens kit. One of the purposes of micro four thirds is compact size and to that ends, pancake lenses have been quite popular, especially the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.

One of the main reasons I picked up the Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 pancake was so that I could have a pancake trinity to go along with my OM-D. The third lens will end up being the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 eventually, but that will have to wait. There are other bills to pay.

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In the meantime, though, these two lenses make for a rather nice little pair. The camera fits nicely in my jacket pocket with a lens in my trousers pockets. Perfect. And I’ve enjoyed trying them out together over the past two weeks. I still find the colours quite nice on the Voigtlander

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OM-D ISO200 35mm f/4

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OM-D ISO200 35mm f/8

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OM-D ISO200 35mm f/2.5

It works extremely well as a short telephoto (70mm equivalent) and is just long enough for nice head shot portraits, though I haven’t had an opportunity for that just yet. The closest to a portrait was this candid shot I got of a small boy eating lunch at a Starbucks (his mom was getting her drink):

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OM-D ISO200 f/2.5

As you can see, overcast sky has returned to the Fraser Valley and summer is over. It was bound to happen.

The only real disappointment with the lens—and I was fully aware of this limitation before I bought it—is the rather long minimum focusing distance of 70cm. That’s pretty standard for rangefinders and that’s what this lens is designed for. But it was a sacrifice worth making, already having the Panasonic 20mm to fill in that gap. It may be a good bit wider than the 35mm, but its minimum focusing distance is 20cm. Between that and its larger aperture, it makes up for any faults of the Voigtlander.

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OM-D ISO200 f/5.6

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OM-D ISO200 f/1.7

All in all, I’m quite happy with the pair. They’ve done great work so far as my minimalist/portable kit and I’m looking forward to continuing to enjoy them through the winter.

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OM-D ISO200 20mm f/5 1/80

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