Amazing IQ (image quality) when the AF speed is fast enough.
26 December 2013
Summary: I had this lens for 9 months. It was a treat while it lasted. - I have a 4, rather than a 5, because of the cons. Pros: 1. Image quality: bokeh, sharpness. Great for relatively close-distance and street photography! 2. Size: very compact. 3. Price at the time of purchse: $348 4. F-stop: f/1.7, very large aperture in a compact body. EXTREMELY AWESOME for low light condition. 5. Focal length: 20 mm, wide, but not too wide.
Summary: This 20mm f1/7 lens is what I reach for more than anything else; I've had more stellar pictures with this lens and it's so fun to use. The thin pancake profile is small enough to fit into a larger pocket (think jacket pocket rather than jean pocket) when paired with a GF1/GX1. The colors are fantastic, the bokeh is good... but where this really shines is the low light performance, the stellar depth of field and sharp images.
Summary: Everyone raves about this lens, and they're all absolutely right. I wasn't totally convinced until I used it in a museum. It was pretty dark, but with the f/1.7 it was easy to get the exposure I needed to take awesome pictures. It's super clear and it's also compact. This is the default lens on my Lumix GX1 because it's compact and probably the best prime lens in the m4/3s market.
Summary: This will be short and sweet. This is a stellar lens. Clear, sharp, good contrast, terrific for making foreground or background out of focus shots. It feels solid. Ideal diminutive size. I have spent $1500 and more on lenses that I wanted to love but let me down in one way or another and, for the price, this has to be the best return on investment I have ever made on a lens. Can you tell I like this lens.
Summary: This baby is awesome. Worth every penny for the following reasons: 1) It's small. Take your camera with you more = less cellphone pics, more awesome m4/3 pics. 2) Aperture. Now you can turn your flash down, or off, and still get exposure with decent shutter speed and ISO. 3) Aperture. Crank that baby up to 1.7 and have yourself some nice bokeh for dessert. 4) Sharpness. (perhaps subjectively) seems to be a little sharper than the kit lens. 5) Focal length.
Summary: Technical reviews has already been made, so, as many have, I'll skip that. I love this lens. It's size makes it easy to bring around when you can't carry anything too big, such as small events with friends, public areas where carrying a large lens or alot of equipment may be inconvenient or look out of place. The picture is very sharp, even out to the corners, when I compare it with some of my other lenses, I can definitely see a difference.
Best micro four thirds pancake lens for photography but not videography
9 December 2012
Summary: I bought this lens for its compactness and low light performance. This prime lens has fantastic bokeh. There are some things that can be improved. This lens badly needs an upgraded silent and faster focusing motor. When recording video, the motor can be heard when focusing. That is the main reason I upgraded to the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4.
Summary: I read every review on this item before I ordered what for me was a pretty expensive camera accessory. I'm talking to folks who bought the Panasonic G3 as a step-up from a point and shoot: Even if you're still shooting often in auto mode (and just learning the intracacies of f-stops, shutter speed and the rest), this is a great addition to your kit.
Summary: I'm using this with the and I love it. I originally bought the OM-D with the but was disappointed with the contrast in the 17mm lens, and I didn't initially know that Panasonic made a similar Micro 4/3 lens that's even better! For just a little more money this one is a no-brainer, because the lens is so much better. Slightly larger than the Oly 17mm but still "pocketable" and with the added benefit of going all the way to f/1.7.
Summary: I'll admit it: I'm a Canon "L" lens snob... I don't settle for less and I normally use a 7D with only "L" lenses... but I've grown weary lugging my gear everywhere and wanted a smaller camera so I could carry one with me at all times. Enter the Oly E-PM1... got it refurbished for a reasonable price so I thought I would try it out. In addition to my little camera, I also bought the Panny 20mm f/1.7.