How many of you keep both the PL25/1.4 and P20/1.7?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by mintchoco, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. mintchoco

    mintchoco Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    So I finally got my hands on the PL25/1.4 yesterday. It's absolutely wonderful. Definitely autofocuses a heck of a lot quicker than the P20/1.7. The images also seem quite a bit sharper.

    How many of you actually keep both the PL25/1.4 and P20/1.7? They're so similar, yet I can't fathom getting rid of the P20/1.7 since it's such a nice little portable lens. I'll have to wait till my OMD arrives to see how the lenses pair up and then decide...I'm not sure I can justify both...
  2. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I couldn't afford to keep them both, but in a perfect world I'd have the pancake for easier 1-lens portability and the 25 for going out with a bag. The PEN+25 combo is just large enough that it makes me think twice about bringing it when I leave the house...
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    How about this question:

    How many of you buy the PL25. Then sell it and buy the P20. Then sell that and buy back the PL25. Then sell that and buy back the P20, then... etc.

    That'd be me, lol. Keeping both would actually be cheaper!
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  4. ccunningham

    ccunningham Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    I kept both, although I had planned to sell the 20mm. The 25mm is a "better" lens, in that it's faster at f1.4 and faster at AF. Between the 20mm and 25mm I own, the 25mm looks sharper, although the 20mm isn't unsharp in any way. But the 25mm is big enough that I can't put a body+25mm in my jacket pocket, so I use the 17mm f2.8 or 20mm f1.7 or 15mm f8 for pocket carrying.
  5. Biggstr

    Biggstr Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    Ashburn, VA
    I seem to keep everything ...

    I've got the Pany 20mm, and PL 25mm and will keep both. I've also got the Oly 17mm and the Sigma 19mm and will keep both. The small 17mm and 20mm are perfect mounted on either my PM1 or PL3 when size matters. The Sigma 19 and PL 25mm seems to size better on my P2 when I go out on dedicated photo expeditions (and I prefer the P2 as one of my favorite cameras over 50 years of photographic experience due to its superior ergonomics). I prefer primes to zoom lenses and don't like to change lenses in the field. Sometimes I carry four MFT bodies with four lenses mounted. That this is practical and possible is one of the reasons why I love the MFT form factor.
  6. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    I sort of did that. Upgraded from the 20 to the 25, but then decided I wanted my :43: kit to be as small as possible, so I moved to an E-PM1 and felt the 25 was too big. Back to the 20. Then, after changing bodies again, sold the 20 and bought another 25. Since upgrading to the E-M5 the 25 makes all the sense in the world to me.

    Regarding the OPs question, if I was just going to keep the E-M5 I wouldn't keep the 20. The E-M5 is too big to be considered "compact" imo, so the difference in size from 20 to 25 hardly matters. But, if I wanted a second :43: body, like the E-PM2, then I'd definitely be thinking about keeping the 20.
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  7. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    This question has been asked so many times now. Ideally we all need a small 25/1.8.

    Just wait until a 20/1.7 II gets announced. People's heads will explode.
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  8. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    I agree with demiro. Depends on camera. OMD and GH series -- 25mm makes the most sense. Smaller bodies, it would depend on how you shoot. I had a great time with the EPM1 + 25, but the 20 certainly is more compact.
  9. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Real Name:
    I kept both even though I don't use the 20mm anymore. My rationale is that the 20mm is not going to fetch a whole lot if I were to sell it, I might as well save it for my daughter, along with my E-PL3...
  10. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Real Name:
    Jerry Jackson Jr
    I had them both for a few months but ultimately decided to sell the 20mm since I liked the 25mm more and I also had the Oly 17mm 2.8 which is smaller and lighter than the 20mm and still usable in low light.

    I use the 25mm when the size/weight of my gear isn't a major concern and I use the 17mm pancake when I need to keep my camera as small and light as possible.
  11. McBob

    McBob Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Sold my 20/1.7, but after not too long wished I hadn't and instead had just glued it to my knockabout EPL1 for vacationeering n' such.
  12. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    i have both
    but just keeping the p20 until i give my buddy it and my ep3 this spring when i see him
  13. stripedrex

    stripedrex Do or do not. There is no try.

    Jun 8, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Real Name:
    I have both but typically keep them on different bodies. I have a GH2 and the only time the 25mm comes off is if I go out when there's plenty of light then the 14-140 goes on. My other body is a GF2 (kind of my wife's camera when we're both shooting) which I use when I want to travel light. That camera rarely sees the 20mm come off and when I'm out doors with a lot of sun I snap on the 14-42x lens. That's my 2x2 combo =). 2 bodies 2 lenses each for different uses. I also have the o45 which sees time on both bodies depending on scenario. Hope that helps, I do see sharper pix and better quality overall with the 25. I have a 3 year old son and the focus speed difference and faster speed at low light makes a huge difference making the shot on the 25 over the 20.
  14. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I never bought the 20/1.7 because I switched system later and by then the 25/1.4 was already widely available. I walked into a store, tried out both, walked out with the 25/1.4.
  15. Dalton

    Dalton Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Real Name:
    Dan Ferrall
    Keeping both

    I keep my 20mm on my GX-1 body most of the time. I can just grab it and go have fun with a compact combo.

    I use the 25mm often enough that I keep it in my bag with my G5 and a few other lenses for general outings.

    There is enough difference in angle of view (for me) to warrant keeping both.
  16. Fred49

    Fred49 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    i sold the 20

    i really liked the 20 it was my first prime.
    but a year later i got the 25 and i adopted a 4 years old son.
    with a child the 20 AF was really bad on my EP2 and i liked the 25 more so i sold the 20.
  17. eno789

    eno789 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Bay Area, California
    Real Name:
    Keeping both right now. 20mm usually goes on G3, and 25mm on GH2.
  18. mintchoco

    mintchoco Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Okay...1 week later I've decided to keep both for now. The 25mm on the EM5 and the 20mm on the EPL1 as a better-than-point-and-shoot alternative. Gotta love the 25mm...totally worth it!
  19. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    I had the 20mm for ages until getting a 14mm that was going cheap, and found was using it much more than the 20. Shortly after got the 25mm which also works well for me so 20mm got sold.

    Am happily settled now with 14 and 25 combo.
  20. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    Unless I planned on carrying my camera in a pocket, I would sell the 20mm. I find the two to be too close in focal length to justify keeping both. Even if you had two bodies, its not like you would be keeping a 20mm on one and the 25mm on the other.