Leica 25mm f/1.4 on E-M5 vs 20mm f/1.7 for speed.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by alvinksu, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. alvinksu

    alvinksu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
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    Anyone have the 25mm f/1.4 and e-m5 combo? I have the 20mm, though it's a nice lens. I feel that the focusing is too slow. I'm wondering if the 25mm is a big improvement speed wise? I also have 45mm which I rarely use. I'm thinking of selling my 20mm and 45mm and just get the 25mm.
     
  2. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Duke
    The PL25 is one great lens and the focus speed difference is one of the main differences between the 2 lenses IMO. I would suggest reading through some of the other threads here about the issue though, this question is very common.
    Here's one:
    https://www.mu-43.com/f38/pany-25mm-vs-pany-20mm-24399/
     
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    The 25 is a significant improvement over the 20 in terms of AF. It's roughly equivalent to the 45.
     
  4. alvinksu

    alvinksu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
    New York
    thanks duke. i didn't realize that. =) so i guess, 25mm is much superior. I'll just get it. Thanks.
     
  5. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Another vote of confidence for that move. As good as the 20 is, the 25 is definitely worth the upgrade.
     
  6. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

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    Duke
    No problem buddy :thumbup:
     
  7. erb3742

    erb3742 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Oct 3, 2012
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    Eric
    I sold my 20 for the 25 and am not looking back. The added size is well worth the speed and quality of the lens.
     
  8. alvinksu

    alvinksu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
    New York
    I have 2 boys. I'm always frustrated when trying to focus with 20mm. Then 45mm is just too close. I used to have the sigma 30mm f/1.4 on my canon and love the bokeh both in photos and videos. So i guess the 25mm is the equivalent.
     
  9. martinq

    martinq Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 2, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Fourthed? Fifthed? The 20mm gives great results, but the AF is so much quicker and quieter on the 25mm that I think it's worth the extra expense.
     
  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Honestly I wish they'd do a 20mm ver. 2 with the silent focus of the 14mm. Oh and slap in some nano-coating for a boost in contrast and to minimize CA!
     
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  11. alvinksu

    alvinksu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
    New York
    Got the lens. wow, it's quite heavy even compare to m.zuiko 45mm f/1.8 but the focus speed is just lighting fast! Worth the extra cost.
     
  12. thomastaesu

    thomastaesu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2012
    ATL, GA
    Thomas
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i34FBAFEBUk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Focus comparison around 4:20 or so. PL25 is much faster.
     
  13. efoo

    efoo Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 5, 2012
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    Eddie
    Are you saying the focus speed of Pana 25mm f/1.4 is faster than Oly 45mm /f1.8?
     
  14. alvinksu

    alvinksu Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
    New York
    I mean, the focus speed compare to Pana 20mm. Huge difference. I just wish the weight and size is like oly 45mm.