pietro's reviews

  • Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Sharp as.

    My IQ rating of 9 takes into account that it is a standard zoom. Apples with apples stuff. No point in giving it a 5 because a prime is sharper. If myOly 25 1.8 is an 9, this would be a 7. But it is very sharp, with that snap that makes pix sing. Love it on the OM D EM10. Was a bit big on my GF5, but produced great pix all the same. Long in the tooth but still the best standard zoom.

    reviewed September 15th, 2015
  • Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G X VARIO PZ

    8 out of 10 points and recommended

    Most bad reviews seem to have come about because of perceived shutter shock or blur, and this lens is not alone in that by any means. There is a simple fix if you're worried - google it. On my EM10 this lens works great, not quite as sharp as the 14-45, which I just reviewed, but much smaller and probably as good around 14-30mm anyway. But it scores for being well made, quiet to focus when videoing, and amazingly small. Turns the EM10 into a jacket pocket camera. It is much better than Olympic's power zoom which is outrageously expensive.

    reviewed September 15th, 2015
  • Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Very good image quality, ultra wide, great price.
    Images can be skewed if you don't frame carefully.

    This lens is the main reason I keep my Nikon DX gear. When I flick through LR so many of my best pix were taken with this lens. I had an amazing time in Vegas and the Grand Canyon with it. There's nothing like it in M43 unless you pay mega bucks. The Oly 9-xx isn't wide enough, far pricier, plasticky and not as good. The other 7-xx options are ridiculously expensive.

    reviewed January 6th, 2017 (purchased for $400)
  • Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Good ergonomics, useful range, as sharp as anything else under $2000.

    Versatile lens at a great price now the 18-140mm is around the corner. Does everything you want apart from bokeh'd portraits.
    Better than the 18-200 considering the price differential.
    Can get a 70-300 vr with the saving.

    reviewed September 18th, 2013 (purchased for $150)
  • Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G VARIO

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Sharp, zoom range, build quality.
    Focus hunts in dim light.

    A great travel lens, very sharp and versatile. No shutter shock issues for me with the anti-shock setting on my Olympus. I just use this lens now, with a 25mm 1.8 Oly If I'm feeling especially creative.

    reviewed December 6th, 2016 (purchased for $650)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G VARIO

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Superb OIS. Good build quality. Usably sharp ar 300mm. Light, compact for 600mm equivalent.
    None, considering price although 70-300 would have been bit more useful.

    Brilliant lens used on my g85. Sold my Nikon 70-300 which was softish at 300 on a d7000. This is sharper at full zoom, and is effectively 100mm longer. Amazing to be able to use a 400/600mm equivalent handheld at quite slow shutter speeds. The dual IS is very effective.

    reviewed August 30th, 2017 (purchased for $600)
  • Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G VARIO

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Sharp, especially at wide end. Small, light, good range. Consisten and good across the frame.
    None, unless you're expecting $1000 performance from a $300 lens.

    This is what m43 is all about. A compact, quality lens that doesn't cost the earth. Add in the Olympus 40-150 (on stabilised bodies) and the Panasonic 25 1.7 and for around $500 s/h you'll have a killer set of lenses on something like a gx85 or an Oly OM-D em10.

    reviewed June 24th, 2018 (purchased for $200)