Reviews and Problems with Panasonic D Summilux 25mm F1.4 ASPH
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Great all-around lens
6 August 2013
Excerpt: I use this with my GH3. The 25mm focal length takes a bit to get used to, but it really is better than a 42mm portrait lens for little kids and fast moving fury animals. With it's shallow DOF and bohak, it may also be the best MFT lens currently available for video. The minuses: it could do a little bit better in low light, be a little bit quieter, and possibly also be weather resistant.
Excerpt: I haven't gotten many hours looking through this glass, but I bought it with a GH3 to have a versatile piece that doubles as a sharp stills lens and a fast, clear video lens. I bought it because I wanted the autofocus option, and I wanted something easy to use while I learn the camera before I put together a dedicated video lens kit. So far, this thing seems great.
Summary: If you're looking for a standard lens, the Leica 25mm DG Summilux is a very good choice, giving you the quickest maximum aperture you can find on a lens designed for the Micro Four Thirds systems. The price is a bit high though, but if you need what it can do, it's certainly a very good choice. The quality of the build is very good, as you can expect from that kind of price, and the fact that you can use filters on the lens is definitely a nice bonus.
Summary: The optical quality of this lens is first rate. What's not normally stated in reviews is that the P setting in M4/3 cameras tend to favour wide aperture and high speed with this lens, perhaps because the manufacturers think a user of such a lens would not want to stop down. The lens is quite noisy because of an "aperture dance" where the camera keeps it at a small aperture for viewing but opens it up for AF, then stopping back down to the taking aperture.