Wide Angle Lenses and Low Light Photography

Leica/Lumix 25mm f/1.4

Today’s Port by Mark Toal

After writing about how much I love wide-angle lenses I bought the Leica/Lumix 25mm f/1.4 lens as a birthday present to myself. In 35mm terms, the 25mm lens has the same angle-of-view as a 50mm lens, so it’s not exactly a wide angle lens! I had told myself that I’d never buy this lens but the price was just too good. You know how that goes; you convince yourself you can sell it for more than you bought if for—so what’s the risk?

Leica/Lumix 25mm f/1.4 Don’t get me wrong the lens is incredibly sharp through its entire aperture range and it’s a Leica lens but what I’m struggling with is the narrow angle-of-view. I hardly ever used the 50mm lens on any SLR that I ever owned and I’ve never been much of a fan of the shallow depth-of-field that you get at f/1.4

But I’ve always liked the idea that if you don’t like something, except Lima beans, you’ve got to give it a try. In situations like the photo of my friend Brandi and her son Easton that was made in a dark restaurant it worked beautifully. At f/1.4 with just the light from a cell phone this was the best lens for the situation.


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