I still haven't decided on my video-making lenses but I've been trying to do something to make food photography better for me. In one of my initial digital-only shoots, I took an Olympus E-1 and the ZD 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 and used Ott-Lite lamps with daylight type bulbs for which they were known, to photograph ice cream without melting it, and to show sandwiches, waffles, eggs, and other items as realistically as possible. The images hit home with so many people and people were yelling at me for posting desirable images of food at night when restaurants weren't open.
So, thinking more casually, the Panasonic GM5 and 15mm f/1.7 lens seemed a perfect combination for casual food photography--maybe, even for serious food photography. While the GM5 also had an instant rebate available, I chose to wait, only buying the 15mm f/1.7 lens.
Either way, a US$100 rebate is significant--on US$599.99 or $899.99. I'd still rather get the GM5 without the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. The GM5 and 15mm f/1.7 seem a perfect combination, especially up against the FujiFilm X-100T. I'm not saying that the GM5 is an incredible camera body but it's quite capable for its size and can generally keep up with the GX7.
So far, I've only had the 15mm f/1.7 lens on the E-M1. It seems an appropriate lens for the slim E-M1. The lens is tiny, given that it was meant for the GM1 and GM5 specifically. It's not a Leica design. It's a Panasonic design, approved by Leica. From what I've seen so far, it has the Panasonic purple fringing, according to various web sites' articles.
|15mm on the E-M1 looks reasonable with lens hood|
I'm generally pleased with the sharpness and the ability to use it at a very close distance.
Outdoors, on the E-M1, it did well.
I need to take the GH4 and the lens out to see how well it will work.
|15mm lens on the GH4 looks tiny|