Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 Wide Open!

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In my  previous post, I talked a little bit about why fast primes are preferable to slow kit zooms for vlogging, one of the chief advantages being the ability to play with depth-of-field. In my first tests of the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4, I was sitting a little further away from the camera and the aperture was set at f/2.8, the result being, there wasn’t enough separation between myself and the background. Opening the lens up and moving a little closer to the camera allowed me to blur out the background even more, lessening the number of distracting details. The Leica 12mm f/1.4 is a dream lens with beautiful color rendition and excellent resolution. Using the remote app for the Lumix G85 is also great: you can compose, focus, start and stop recording, but – the LCD screen on the camera blacks out after a minute, forcing me to keep looking down at my iPod to check framing and focus. Another annoyance is having to go into the menu or use the awkwardly placed icon in the LCD for adjusting recording levels. During the video, I mistakenly say I’m using the Lishuai 1500RSV. This clip was shot using the Panasonic Lumix G85, Lishuai C-700RSV, Rode VideoMic Pro and iFootage Wild Bull T7 tripod.

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