20/1.7 or 14/2.5, too close to call?...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by gusmur, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. gusmur

    gusmur Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Now that the 14/2.5 is here, what would be your first choice?
    The 20/1.7 has such a stellar reputation, I'm thinking that will be the next lens I add to my G1. What about you?
    Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The 14 is by no means a slouch. It performs great.
    I made many fine images with it.
    It is not close to the FOV of the 20.
    You need both.
  3. mick / Lumix

    mick / Lumix Guest

    Oct 3, 2010
    I did try the 14mm but will not buy it. Despite Panasonic body software removing usual lens faults there was still a problem with purple fringing from this lens. Used at f2.5 the photos show soft edges.
  4. agoglanian

    agoglanian Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 23, 2010
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    Real Name:
    Abram Goglanian
    I have both lenses and I love them both individually. I don't think one really replaces the other.
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I found no serious issues with the 14.
    It's a shame your not happy with it, it's a nice lens.
  6. MichaelShea

    MichaelShea Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Algarve, Portugal
    A consideration with the G1 is that the standard kit lens is very good indeed and produces excellent results at 14mm especially. I can't see that there's much value in having two additional prime lenses for focal lengths that are already covered. The 20mm lens is a visible improvement in terms of sharpness and low light capabilities, which together with its compactness are sound reasons to buy. I've not used the 14mm lens, but have yet to read a single report or test that places it in the same class. I would have thought the choice, if there is to be one, is pretty straightforward.
  7. gusmur

    gusmur Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks to you all...

    ...for your thoughts.
    Personally, I tend to agree with Michael. The 20 seems to be the most useful addition to the already excellent G1 kit lens.
    Gotta love those primes!
    Best regards,
  8. bpalme

    bpalme Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 9, 2010
    20mm is better all around lens. If you mainly shoot at 14 though it might be worth it.
  9. Howi

    Howi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2011
    Real Name:
    A suggestion would be, if you do not have the kit zoom, then the 14mm and 20mm would complement each other. the advantage over having the kit zoom, would be that you have 2 very compact pancake lenses, that would cover most street/landscape needs.
    Plus, you get to zoom with your feet, exercise is always good :smile:
    From what I have read, the 14 is reportedly, not as sharp as the 20 wide open (shame if that's the case) as that sort of FL was going to be my next purchase (I have the 20mm only in m4/3).
    It is normally the case that a prime is usually sharper/better IQ than a similar priced zoom as there are less compromises in build quality.

    Anyone care to comment, real world use is always preferable to lab tests.....:biggrin: