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I think 20mm 1.7 and 25mm 1.4

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by xdayv, May 26, 2012.

  1. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    can co-exist in my kit... talk me to it, just need a little push, I'm on the edge... :biggrin:
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  2. Redridge

    Redridge Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 17, 2012
    One for stealth, the other for being a cream machine.... Both have it's uses.
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  3. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again and again Subscribing Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    I would try it and see. If after awhile you feel like one or the other just won't get used sell it. Both keep their value very well.

    For me, just the 25mm works out better.
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  4. brianb032

    brianb032 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2011
    Or the 20 for a small body and the 25 for a more serious one.
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  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I have the 20mm but I think that eventually I'll end up selling it to buy the 25mm. I already have the Only 45mm and adding the 14mm would make the 25 a better fit. I could use the 14 if I want the pancake size. I just don't see the advantage to the 20/25 combo - sorry! :redface:
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  6. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Go for it!

    I had the 20 for 2 1/2 years, got the 25, and thought I'd never use the 20 again, so I sold it. About 4-5 months later I needed to travel light, and bought a 20mm, and sold the 25 to fund it, thinking there was too much overlap. But the 25 is so gorgeous and so fast, that I bought it back. Wasted some money swapping them in and out. Should have just kept both, so now I have them both. They really are different lenses!
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  7. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    I think they are both great lenses and I can't stand the thought of having to let either one go, they are both that good. The PL25 is resident on my camera body, I love how it works optically and I just love it's slight bulkiness and the balance it brings to my camera. But on those occasions when I want something very similar to what the PL25 gives only a little wider.....I have the P20 at the ready, or when I want something similar to what the PL25 gives only a little more compact and discrete, .....again, the P20 is at the ready.

    The P20 essentially moonlights as my alternate PL25 when the situation calls for it. The 20-25 focal length I guess suites me and I like to have access to both it and a large aperture regardless of whether I am in normal shooting circumstances or whether I am for whatever reason going in 'compact' mode.

    Ideal solution ? Panasonic release a mkII version of the 20mm ....only it's a Panasonic Leica 20mm/1.4 that would be super fast and sized somewhere in between the current P20 and the PL25 ....lol, but now I'm just being greedy :redface:
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  8. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I'm trying to not rebuy the 20. Hopefully a mkII of the 17 or 20 will make a stronger case for me to keep my 25 and 17/20. Sometimes the 25 feels too chubby on my E-M5/GF1.
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  9. Hacker

    Hacker Mu-43 Rookie

    May 25, 2012
    I bought the 20mm even after having the 25mm lens. It is closer to the 35mm view which I prefer. The Oly 17mm is average at best, and the Voigtländer 17.5mm is large and non-AF.
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  10. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    I started with the 25 and added the 20. The FOV of the 20, for me, is a very good, general purpose lens and the small size makes for a very compact package on either the E-M5 or E-PL2.
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  11. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    this is what i'm predicting, I might end up selling and re-aquiring... but i'll wait 'til the lens is officially part of my kit and take it from there. I might keep both.

  12. I thought about the 25/1.4 for all of about 2 minutes when it was released. The 20/1.7 is just such a good general lens. A little bit wide, a little bit "normal". If I'm going out with one lens, that's what I pick. If I'm on a side trip of a couple of days when traveling, that's what I take, just the E-PL1, VF2 and that lens. Don't even take a bag, just sling it over my shoulder and I'm good.
    But, if you have the money spare...why not?
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  13. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    I have had the 20 for quite a while now and don't use it much.The slow focusing bothers me even though I use manual focus lenses a lot.I am awaiting delivery of the 25 which I expect to use a lot.I do plan on keeping the 20 as a travel lens because of it's smaller size.
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  14. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    The 20 is nice for the price though slow to focus, the 25 is great but a little bit bulkier with better focusing.
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  15. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    go for it. chances is you'll spend more time with the mistress... :biggrin:

    size wise; the PL25 seems tailored for the G3. my mZ17 or P14 now make
    the G3 feel naked when i mount them on. :tongue:

    IQ wise; i really like "Leica-feel" and the bokeh in the images produced by
    the PL25. :2thumbs:

    just posted a couple G3+PL25 shots on the PL25 image thread.
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  16. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I'm hoping for a 20/1.7 mk2 where they redo the focusing system. But it may be a while.

  17. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    ^ i hope they incorporate the "L" glasses/technology then.
  18. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    jim, this is getting worse. I'll check on prices first thing next week. gggrrr...
  19. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    but the images will get better.... :wink:

    b&h is selling the PL25 at $539 and the P20 at $359 (but no stock). i say it's
    a steal if you compare the price we get in malaysia. the PL25 is around $750
    to $800 and the P20 is around $480. i kid you not!

    i hope you are getting better prices in the philippines.
  20. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    thanks jim, just what i needed - some prevailing prices to compare to when I scout for one.
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