20mm 1.7 not available anywhere?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by GingerCat, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. GingerCat

    GingerCat Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    I want to buy my :43: kit this weekend (I have friends visiting the states so can get it for half the price I'd get it for here!) but the 20mm 1.7 is out of stock everywhere. I was torn between the 20mm for its speed and IQ, and the Oly for its wider FOV, but now that I can't get the Panny I want it more :mad:

    does anyone know where it might be in stock, by any chance?
  2. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    Since you can only get the 20mm with the GF1 and that has been discontinued, I assume you plan to get the 20mm separately. You are correct that stock seems to be low but there are still a few places. If your crew plans to visit the NYC/LA it appears that you may still be in luck... but not sure for how long....

    J and R


  3. Tom Swaman

    Tom Swaman Mu-43 Veteran

    Two thoughts:

    1) There are dealers who still have some GF1s. You know the rest of this story.

    2) B&H is getting 20mm lenses in May. If you place a bona fide order at B&H, they do ship before they announce their inventory either on their website or to their sales people. B& H is also rather good about not taking orders which thet do not think they can fill. As an example, I ordered a Panasonic, out-of-stock flash from B&H about ten days ago. This was shipped to me Thursday and their website still shows the item to be out-of-stoock. I also have the 20 mm lens on order and I am hoping to get this shortly. I know that B&H would not take an order for this early this week, but they did accept my order yesterday.

    Good luck,
  4. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I've had one on backorder with J&R since mid March.
  5. GingerCat

    GingerCat Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    For some amazing prices! $889.99 used on amazon.com, or new on amazon.co.uk for - wait for it - GB£703.81 (that's $1,148.62)! No wonder I've spent the day looking on US sites!

    Is the lens worth waiting for, or do I just get the Olympus now?

    (Things are complicated by the fact that I have friends in the states at the moment who could bring the stuff home for me so waiting till May would end up being considerably more expensive)
  6. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    I'm in Calgary Alberta Canada and am picking up a new gf1 with 20mm today they have 1 left in stock, since I put 1 on hold.
  7. Tom Swaman

    Tom Swaman Mu-43 Veteran


    From what little I know and from the tons of perverbial crap that I have read, my best judgment is to wait for the 20mm f/1.7. In the short run and in the long run, this lens promises to maximize the compatibility with your camera operations and ought to yield the best result and the most photographer happiness. I would pick up one of the GF!s with the lens and sell the body later if I did not want this, but that is just me. These are around as I have seen them.

    Best of success,
  8. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    The prices are doing really weird things - last weekend Amazon.co.uk (themselves, not a 3rd party) had the black GF1+20mm lens for £369.00. I know because I bought one and it arrived on Wednesday (I'm a cheapskate and went for free delivery). Then it went out of stock and the price doubled.

    I was in a similar position to you in that I wanted the 20mm and so when the price came down for the GF1 kit I thought I'd go for it and then sell the GF1 body - but I quite like it and certainly does better video than my e-p1.

    So I now have both the 17mm and the 20mm and while they both have advantages over each other (like the e-p1 and the gf1) I'd probably choose the 20mm if money were no object. But then the 17mm is so much smaller and does produce some very nice shots. Maybe you could get a good price on a "pre-loved" (what an expression) 17mm to tide you over. The price new is too high IMO.
  9. wildcat

    wildcat Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    Same here. I called J&R and they said the Japan earthquake has disrupted their normal receipt of Panny lenses, and they couldn't give me any estimate as to when they would start getting them back in.

  10. wintu

    wintu New to Mu-43

    Apr 9, 2011
    just got one from adorama last week for 399. since everywhere else is it out of stock there was no other choice.
  11. GingerCat

    GingerCat Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    It's out of stock in Adorama now too - you must've bought the last one : )

    I really don't want to but a camera with it, I've all my old gear waiting to be sold and I don't want to add to the pile.

    I'm sure one will turn up eventually. The camera hasn't arrived yet anyway so there's no mad rush!
  12. Danny_Two

    Danny_Two Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    What? Park cameras (UK) sell it for £265 new. I think its a bit of myth that electronics are amazingly cheap in the USA.
  13. k4t

    k4t Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    International pricing is always a great mystery. I think you can trust Murphy's law to make sure that whatever product you want to buy today will always be more expensive at whichever marketplace is most convenient for you!

    I believe there are several stores with stock in Australia. But with a retail price of $669-$750 AUD that's not surprising.

    I'm another beginner who's recently been looking for this lens myself and was lucky to snag one for another helpful mu-43 member in the marketplace.

    Good luck. I'm sure one will come up at a reasonable price eventually.
  14. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    Well if you are in NYC you can check out 17th street photos, they are a block alway form adorama. And they did have it is stock still.

    17th Street Photo
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  15. kytra

    kytra Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    I think that Sigma will come up with some prime in this FL and the competition will drive down prices. The big advantage of Panny lenses are that the body knows what algorithms to apply in order to compensate for distortions and CA, probably will not be the same with Sigma if panny will not disclose the full specs, so their lens will need to be a different optical design, and bigger, for sure.
  16. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    Actually since they joined the consortium corrections data will be on the electronic lenses. As oly correct for distortions with the panasonic data form their lens, oly just do not correct for CA on panny or oly lenses. The sigma will do the same if the lens can be firmware upgradeable.
  17. kytra

    kytra Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    ok, thanks for clarifications. That means Sigma could eventually make competitively sized lenses with the current panny/oly primes?
  18. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    yeah, I think they will. It is a lucrative market in asia. They do love the compact EVIL camera's there and with 40% of all camera sold in Asia are mirrorless. Sigma will want to get a piece of the action.
  19. mqavila

    mqavila Mu-43 Regular

    Well, I can vouch for at least one Asian here. Can't speak for the rest of Asia though. ;)
  20. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Park Cameras (UK) appear to have it in stock for £265 inc. VAT and delivery. which is about the best price I've seen recently.