Is everyone abandoning the PL25?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Ellsass, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Ellsass

    Ellsass Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2014
    I follow this forum through RSS and (much to my rage) all of the For Sale posts are included. It seems like every third one is the Panasonic Leica 25mm. Is everyone jumping ship to the Oly 25mm? I rarely see that one for sale so I assume people aren't just ditching the 25mm focal length.
  2. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
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    I just bought's slowly becoming one of my favorite lenses. I got a great deal on a used one here too.
  3. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
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    Well, I'm not. The Olympus is smaller and cheaper so I can see the appeal but I prefer the PL25's rendering.
  4. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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    Not a chance. The PL25 is a great lens.
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    Madison, WI
    They can have mine when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers...
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  6. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
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    It sure seems like it. I like both...but kept the PL25 over the Oly25, because I paid a hell of a lot more for it. Both are fine lenses, but the Oly has def brought down the used prices of the PL.
  7. wanderenvy

    wanderenvy Mu-43 Regular

    May 11, 2012
    Keep in mind that there were no options for the PL25 for a long time, so a lot of people ponied up for it. Now there are at least five.. O25, O17, O12-40, V25, V17. It would not be surprising if someone preferred an alternative that matched their style.

    The O25 is new, so it will be a while before it shows up used. Is it better than the PL25 or comparable? You decide :)
  8. plaatje

    plaatje Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Mine is definitely NOT for sale, neither will I switch to the Oly 25. Why? Because it's a super lens and a nice way to have a Leica on your body. The Oly is nice too, it's smaller but it's only an Oly lens ;-(
    Just kidding, both are fine lenses, but IMO the lens build quality of the Leica is a little bit better. And now I'm thinking, it is nice to have a Leica on my E-P2. Looks good!
  9. zlatko-photo

    zlatko-photo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 8, 2014
    I wonder why the new price of the PL25 has gone UP. :confused: It was $499 new in early 2013. Now it's $100 higher.
  10. NWright

    NWright Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2014
    I plan on making a purchase of one feel free to abandon away! :)
  11. MayaTlab

    MayaTlab New to Mu-43

    May 20, 2014
    I am too planning of getting one... only because after three copies Olympus still hasn't been able to provide me a properly centred 25mm (and has been a total PITA to deal with).

    Let's hope Panasonic won't have such awful QC, otherwise I'm out of the system (I need a 50 or so).
  12. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    What makes you think that people abandon it for the Oly? To me it is more likely that people abandon it because the 12-35 or 12-40 suits them better or that they don't like the fov and prefer the 20 or 17. Or, it's just such a popular and well sold lens that by extension the number of second hand items is higher than other lenses.:smile:
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  13. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
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    Out of what I count to be 40 postings on the first page of the for sale forum, one is a PL25. So I think you are either seriously exaggerating, or are actually on a completely different forum.

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  14. broody

    broody Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 8, 2013
    Came in here just to say this. :D

    The PL25 is my favorite M43 lens, by far. Keep in mind this might be the only focal length which offers 3(!) incredibly high-quality options for primes... F/0.95, F/1.4, F/1.8. Some people decide they want a smaller lens, some that they'd better go for broke with a Voigtlander. Many others will find that this lens just refuses to leave their camera ;)
  15. sebs_color

    sebs_color Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 5, 2014
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
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    The PL25 is definitely my favorite lens. Having this lens though makes me want to get the O75for some reason..?

    Anyway, awesome lens. Got on here actually.

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  16. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
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    Theo K.
    Hi Seb,

    Glad that you enjoy the PL25. I regret selling it and have bought one back. Not selling again!
  17. jcm5

    jcm5 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 12, 2014
    As much as people are selling off the PL25 on the forum, there's just as many people buying those used copies, so it's pretty much a wash. I would only be worried only if we saw a ton of PL25's in the sale section without any buyers. My guess is that a quick search would show most of them as SOLD/COMPLETED.
  18. val

    val Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2013
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    hell no!

    love my little ninja.
  19. gswpete

    gswpete Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 18, 2011
    By far my favorite lens. If anything, using it more and more. The rendering goes way beyond charts and measurements.
  20. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
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    call me Arg
    I think the OP has his answer! :drinks: Here's to the mighty PL25!