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.
A Classic Lens In Need Of An Update & Price Reduction
7 March 2013
Summary: When this lens came out 3 1/2 years ago I can see why people flocked to it. This lens paired with a Panasonic GF1 allowed you to put a camera in your jacket pocket that gave you near DSLR resolution. Since then Micro 4/3 cameras and lenses have experienced numerous improvements which in cases surpass the capabilities of this lens which hasn't been updated. To start with, this lens has excellent sharpness. In that, I feel it deserves a couple of stars.
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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen (Silver) and I love it. I originally bought the OM-D with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens 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.