Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm / F1.4 ASPH
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Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH LEICA DG SUMMILUX review by graben
22 February 2014
Summary: Before the Olympus 25mm f1.8 was available this was the only game in town for auto-focus. It renders beautifully, what is in focus is sharp and what is out of focus is dreamy soft. My favorite lens.
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH LEICA DG SUMMILUX review by Romboutroemer
25 October 2012
Summary: I have a D700 and used this camera with a variety of 50 mm lenses from Nikon (1.8D/G) and the Sigma 1.4 but all these FF lenses can't hold a candle to this little optical marvel from Panasonic. Already supersharp wide open and with a very nice bokeh (considering the cropfactor). Af on the Om-d is blazingly fast. No rattlesnaking on this body. Imo the best Mft lens to date, so much better than the 20/1.7. I haven't tried the 75/1.8 though.
Excerpt: This lens is very sharp, even at f1.4. the DOF is awesome... I had the ZD50mm f2, and it is great... but when I see some pictures from other brands with the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4, the DOF look great, but not with mine... until now!! It really help to keep the low ISO in low light scenes. I really like it. It is heavier than my 14-54II and bigger, but it is a great lens. I recommend it to everyone who is looking for a fast prime lens for the four thirds system.
Excerpt: Since getting this lens for a Leica Digilux 3 I find I'm using (the superb) Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm package lens less and less. I love the speed of this lens and can produce sharp images even down to 1/15 sec. It's feels made for the Digilux, great balance.
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH LEICA DG SUMMILUX review by Prime Minister
Prime Minister, slrgear.com
24 January 2012
Summary: This is not a pancake lens, so I don't mind the size and weight compared to the 20mm f/1.7. Sharpness and contrast are very good, straight from the maximum aperture. The autofocus system is quick enough for most work. It doesn't feel sluggish like the 20mm pancake and it's very quiet too. The relatively large barrel provides a good grip on small micro 4/3 camera bodies, and the wide focus ring moves smooth and precise. This lens gives you the classic 50mm field of view.
Pros: Very sharp, quick autofocus, accurate autofocus, good build quality, good grip
Cons: Rather expensive, nervously clicking aperture blades
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH LEICA DG SUMMILUX review by spencerberus
16 December 2011
Summary: This is the first lens for which I've ever paid full retail price, and I have no regrets about it. I needed a fast, fairly wide (my only other fast lens was a manual focus 50mm f1.4), sharp lens with auto focus so I could get indoor pics of numerous active nephews & nieces with minimal flash. This definitely fit the bill - and has become my primary lens for everything but macro photography - it isn't a macro lens and doesn't claim to be.
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH LEICA DG SUMMILUX review by halfmac
12 December 2011
Summary: This lens is great. I am have so much fun with this lens. It now lives on my GH2. Makes a great size and weight. Love the manual focus ring. It is large and smooth. Odd that the lens shade does not reverse for storage. Did I say sharp. I should. Stellar performer, @ the fraction of a Leica M lens. A Summilux for $500? I plan on using this lens for video recording.