Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
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Value for money 9
Picture quality 9
Build quality 8
12 April 2011
Conclusion: The Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH is a lens that we've been looking forward to seeing for real ever since Panasonic first showed a mock-up back at Photokina 2008 . The good news is that it's been well worth the wait - the 20mm is an excellent lens, especially considering its tiny size. It does well in all aspects of our studio tests, and produces fine images in a wide range of situations while also focusing quickly, silently and decisively.
Pros: Extremely small size and light weight - the perfect match for the E-P1 and GF1, Fast maximum aperture, Impressive image quality at all apertures, Good build quality, proper manual focus ring and non-rotating front element
Cons: Comparatively expensive (at least at launch), No lens hood
Summary: A fast, ultra-compact prime lens for Micro Four Thirds System cameras.Launched at the same time as the Lumix DMC-GF1 camera Panasonic's Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens will be offered with the camera body and makes an attractive kit option for serious photographers. Compact enough to make the GF1 a pocketable option, it also provides a fast f/1.7 maximum aperture that lets photographers shoot with a shallow depth-of-field. . .
Pros: You want a fast lens for available light photography and require high performance across a wide aperture range., You require distortion-free images., You have a compatible camera body. Don't buy this lens if :, You really need a zoom lens., You shoot lots of close-ups.