Panasonic has introduced a high-speed Leica 15mm (30mm equivalent) f1.7. I managed to get my hands on 1 for a few days thanks to CS.
There are already a slew of great reviews on the web. Specs here, the reviews I’ve seen here.
This thread is really my impressions of this lens, and the images I am able to apply it with. It may also work in similar ways for you, or you may also have a feel of what you can possibly apply it with.
Firstly, I would like to comment on its size. It’s larger than the 14mm f2.5, but in my opinion, reasonable since it’s got a larger aperture. It included a dedicated aperture ring, just like my RF lenses I owned. Is it necessary some questioned? I very much preferred it, a personal choice. In fact, it's a little more damped than my Bokeh King. The apertures increments 1/2 EV. I don't necessary think that's required, but it's a good to have. More control I guess. Of course, if you are using the Zeiss ZM lens (those of you who have experienced using them adapted to your m43s camera bodies), that's 1/3 EV ... even more control. Crazy!
The following image is a reference for you to compare its size against the Bokeh King (35 Summicron f2). On the utmost right is the Bayonet Lens Hood with its rubber cap. Not sure if it’s included in the package or you have to pay for it though.
The Left is Bokeh King, The center is the subject of this thread - the lux 15, and its bayonet mount Lens hood on the right.
Given its 30mm FOV (35mm format equivalent), it reminds me of my past iPhones. It's a focal length I use very often for streets,snaps that interest me,some basic landscapes, some close-ups. Mated with the GM1, it would have been my go-to camera if I bring it along to work (since my phone's camera just won't make it).
Let’s get down to the images instead. Most of them are edited with LR, keeping the FOV very much intact. There are some occasions where I applied a little Nik analog filters.
Here goes …