Maryland hosts one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the World. Yes, the world. The whole family loves going at least once a year and sadly it looks like this year is going to be one of those single trip years with as busy as this autumn is.
The kids loved it and the photographic opportunities are manifest. I didn’t get to shoot quite as much as I would have liked, but I still managed a slew of great pictures. This is the first of two posts on the weekend.
The Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 got a big workout over the weekend between more test shots and using it for probably 75% of the pictures at Ren Fest (as it is colloquially called). I think a little of that is my general excitement at having a fast standard again as well as a shiny new lens. Some of it though, well, frankly I’ve always prefered this focal length for the lion’s share of my photography of people. End result of the weekend, I LOVE the PL25. Oh, I wish it was smaller and it has some optical flaws, such as some pronounced CA around highlights when shot fairly wide (f/2 and less and a little even stopped down more) and very noticeable in out of focus highlights. Nothing that some lightroom CA removal can’t tame. The thing is sharp in the center at all apertures and the corners frankly are very passable wide open, just fine at f/2 and very good by f/2.8 on (lens test results and full review in the coming week or two).
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4: f/1.4, 1/80s, ISO800
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4: f/1.8, 1/13s, ISO400
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4: f/2, 1/160s, ISO200
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4: f/2, 1/80s, ISO200
I won’t lie, I think one of the things I love the best is having a standard lens that is capable of both great resolution and having a wide enough aperture to render backgrounds out of focus when shot at reasonable camera to subject distances.
More in the coming days (on the PL25 and photos from Ren Fest).