At the moment I’m trying to learn how to properly use my 14mm Panasonic Lumix 1:2.5 lens. So the first thing I did after arriving at work was to take a photo with it.
A 14mm lens together with a (Micro-) Four Thirds sensor has about the same angle of view as a 28mm lens on a 35mm Kleinbild (film or digital) camera. It’s a very versatile focal length which lets you crop to your heart’s content – everything from square format to really wide goes. I was thinking of my brother Willi who’s a bit more interested in movies, so I cropped this first image of the day into a 1:2.4 cinema format:
Even with a 12MP camera like my little “Pen”, you’ll still end up with something like a 6K image, which is more than three times as big as what they sell us as HDTV. Very nice, tho you can’t of course record a movie like this except when using anamorphic lenses which I don’t have. Anyway, even as a still image, a crop like this could be useful for some landscape photos.
During my lunch break I walked with that same camera and lens again, and the following photos are all uncropped (except maybe a very slight cropping which happens automatically when you correct a slight tilt/rotation of your camera). So here are some more:
I had to try one in “portrait” orientation of course:
And I remember that I took photos of that bridge with my 50mm macro lens once, so I also wanted to try the wide angle:
14 (or 28) millimeter is wide for me, because I feel much more at home with a lens between 85 and 105mm (on film). So I tried to avoid the usual “in your face” traps with too big foregrounds or too many “falling” lines, but I also didn’t want to produce boring “just get it all into the frame” shots. There are those who master 20mm or even wider (on film), but I still have to practise with this one a bit, until I become able to preview and to anticipate an image before even taking the camera to the eye.
Technical info: all photos taken with the Olympus E-PL1 camera and the already mentioned 14mm Panasonic lens. The first one in the garage was at f/5.6 and all others at f/8. Minimal and quick “standard” corrections only. Not profiled, which means Olympus colours.
Thanks for reading.