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Do you see that lens up above? That is the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Nokton for Micro Four Thirds; and it is perhaps the lens that has locked me into the system and also renewed my faith in it. Using this lens I can do so much. Not only is it characterized by its fast aperture, but it is also a 35mm equivalent field of view: which is honestly my favorite focal length.

Before I even get into this review, know that it is an overwhelmingly positive one even though swallowing the cost of the lens was a bit much for me. After weeks of use though, that has all gone away.

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Guess what everyone: we’re joining the band wagon with all the other reviewers out there talking about and reviewing the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 lens. Admittedly, this lens came in at 9:45PM last night from UPS and I was burned out and didn’t want to deal with the lens at all. But I forced myself to put it on my camera and shoot.

I stayed awake for the next four hours. The photos in this post can help demonstrate why. As is standard on this site, we’re taking the practical approach and using older cameras out there because we know that not everyone has the Olympus OMD. Instead, I shot these with the Olympus EP2.

Lastly, unless the photo says otherwise, assume that it was shot at f0.95.

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Adapted lenses often make up the camera bag of many mirrorless camera users. In particular, old rangefinder lenses tend to be popular because of the small size coupled with excellent image quality. When one thinks of a rangefinder, one also often thinks of Leica. Indeed, the company has manufactured lenses for years and many of their lenses are available second hand on eBay at quite an affordable price.

Keeping in mind the fact that a Micro Four Thirds camera has a 2x crop factor, I’ve recently decided to try our various wide angle lenses from Leica. Though the 35mm is more semi-wide, their Summicron lens (f2) has been touted as being really quite excellent.

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Andrew Reed over at EOSHD loves the Panasonic GH2; he well should due to the fact that he is a professional videographer. He also has used the camera at super high ISOs in black and white while still achieving a film-like quality to the video. Because I dabble in street photography and have a video background, I have a love for Kodak Tri-X and the smaller Micro Four Thirds bodies like the venerable Olympus EP2: still considered by me to have some of the best image quality of all the models made. But even though the old camera doesn’t have the video capabilities of the newer GH2, it can still look quite nice providing that you use it correctly.

Here’s how to make your videos look like they were shot with Kodak Tri-X video film.

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As the other MSC prime lens in the Olympus line up of Micro Four Thirds glass, the 45mm f1.8 is one that will help many prime users complete their entire lineup of fast prime lenses…or at least it promises to. Though many reviews have tested the lens in shooting many various and random things, we’ve felt that many of the reviewers have neglected to test it for what it was designed for. As a fast aperture focal length that equates to 90mm, this lens was designed to shoot portraits.

And that’s exactly what we did on both the EPM1 and EP2. Yesterday, we shot fashion with the lens. And soon we will feature a full portrait session with the lens and a ring light.

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After hanging out on Tumblr, one starts to quickly see just how much the community and users really love street fashion. Indeed, since The Sartorialist took off, there have been many blogs that have tried to mimic Scott’s work. One thing that they also love is small cameras. When Olympus sent me the 45mm f1.8 to review, I started thinking about what I’d shoot with it. Everyone has shot some of the most random objects and things with it; but no one seems to have used it for exactly what it was designed for: portraits.

Until now: this is a post dedicated to my experience of using the Olympus 45mm f1.8 on my Olympus EP2 as a portrait lens and shooting photos of people with cameras that are dressed quite spiffy.

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