Summary: I recently switched from camcorders into the world of mirrorless cameras with my Panasonic GH3, and I wanted a fast lens for it that was pretty wide for a video project I'm currently shooting. This baby is perfect. It's 50mm equivalent focal length is a perfect all purpose sort of lens. The bokeh is beautiful, and the image quality is phenomenal.
One of my favorite lenses of all time, wonderful lens for micro four thirds
D. Hoffman, Amazon
2 November 2013
Summary: This is the best micro four thirds lens I have ever used. I have built my entire lens kit around this lens. The colors, sharpness and overall texture are terrific. Works well for portraits, walk around, indoors, outdoors, low light, anywhere. It's difficult to describe the image quality. All I can say is when you look at the images there is something extra that makes you say wow. Buy it and use it. It is a keeper.
Summary: I have a Panasonic GH1. I have mostly used the 14-140 f/4.0-5.8 HD superzoom. It has been great for everything except shooting my fast moving kids in low light. The 25 f/1.4 has fit that role perfectly. the focal length is exactly where I need it for the rooms in my house, and it shoots open enough to allow for good exposure at 1/120 sec. It is quiet enough for video too. I don't notice any autofocus noise. There is minor aperture movement noise.
Summary: I'm in love. I put this lens on my E-PM2 walk around camera when I got it and haven't taken it off since. Incredibly sharp. Fast focus. Wide aperture. This is the lens I've always wanted for my micro 4/3 cameras. (I own an (OM-D E-M5 as well). I had to replace a Panasonic 20mm pancake that I drowned so I decided to go with this beauty. It completes my prime lens collection (12mm, 17mm, 25mm, 45mm, and 60mm) .
Summary: I can't fault this lens. When I go out to take pictures, I use my zoon lens, but for parties and events, this thing can't be beat. Takes astonishingly sharp, clear pictures. Takes a while to get used to having to actually walk closer to your subjects to take a picture as this is not a lens with zoom. As a step up from my old camera and lenses, I constantly gasp when I look at the beautiful pictures I take with this.
Summary: If you're looking at reviews for this lens, chances are you're still somewhat on the fence about it. And you're probably torn between this, the Panasonic Lumix G H-H020AK 20mm F/1.7 II ASPH Lens for Panasonic/Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black) and the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (Silver) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras . Before we go any further, I'll just give you a little background on my photography needs / experience.
Summary: I have had many different lenses, 16 of them, from fast zooms to great primes. This is my favorite, ever. It has changed the way I take photos. It is super fast to focus (especially compared with the Panasonic 20mm). It produces the best images I have made. It is my favorite full body portrait lens with my EP3. I can select a focus point such an eye using the touchscreen. In terms of focus it has a very high success rate with moving children, even wide open.
Best lens on my OMD, and I'll let you in on a little secret....
2 September 2013
Summary: I've had my lens for six months now, and it spends more time on my Olympus OMD than not. What it brings is fantastic sharpness and colors. The tonal nuances it is able to bring out is outstanding, making it a fantastic portrait lens. Because the lens is 50mm in 35mm film equivalent, it is a "normal" focal length. Also, the fact that it is a Leica brings its results as close to reality as what you observe.