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Leica 25mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Muntjack, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    So I'm lusting after this lens but I already have the 20mm.

    I really can't justify keeping both so I need to figure out which I should go for. The 25 seems to eclipse the 20 in every respect albeit marginally. It is also a more 'normal' standard lens.
    But the one thing it isn't is tiny. The great thing about the Pen-20 combo is that it can go anywhere virtually unnoticed, slung across the body under a coat. It is a marvellously versatile little lens.
    If I replaced it with the 25 would I simply carry a camera less often... this is my dilemma. :confused: 

    Advice/experience from any owners of the Leica would be much appreciated.

  2. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    My PL25 is arriving by the end of this week. I also have the Pany 20. I'm dreading the infamous clicking noise that the PL25 does on Oly bodies. But whether I keep the PL25 or not, I think I'll keep the Pany 20. Like you said, the very good IQ in such a small size is a good thing to have.
  3. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 21, 2010
    my advice is buy it see if it works for you, sell whichever one you are not happy with.
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  4. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    I've had the PL25 for a couple weeks and decided to hold on to it, even with the daytime rattlesnake thing on my E-P3 (still haven't figured out why my E-P2 seems to be immune). I was originally thinking that 25 may take the place of my 20/1.7, but now I am certain that will not be the case. Like you said, with the 20/1.7 mounted, the overall system is quite small and goes unnoticed. IMO, the 25mm is more of a luxury, specialist lenses... low light, maybe family portraits, places where size (relative to the IQ dense 20) is not a big deal.
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Hmmm ... maybe Pany will release a firmware for the PL25 that solves the issue? Or perhaps Pany wants the issue to remain so that Oly users will get Pany cameras instead!

    Sort of like how Oly decided to make all the Pany lenses (except for the 14/2.5) look butt ugly when mounted on the EPM1 and EPL3!!
  6. clufus

    clufus New to Mu-43

    Aug 24, 2011
    Sheffield, UK
    I've seen a few butts in my time, & can assure you that not all were ugly!
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  7. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    This thread tangent is nothing without images!
  8. winx14

    winx14 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Sold my 20mm even before I received the 25mm. I guess I was just that confident, lol.

    +Nice bokeh
    +Internal focusing
    +Faster focusing
    +Nice feeling manual focus

    +More than twice the size of the 20mm
    +Twice the price
  9. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    Got it!

    My glorious son bought me the Leica for my birthday..... he was truly worth every penny spent on his upbringing!

    I am passing my 20mm on to him for his G1 and I know he'll love it.

    The Leica is fabulous........yes it's bigger and with the E-P2 no longer looks/feels a bit like a point n shoot (which it did with the 20mm) but wow.... I'm not looking back. The 25 is a fabulous lens. Quality all over. The rattle people whine about is there but so quiet it's not an issue (a tiny click-click barely audible on my copy). I have a great kit now which makes a lot of sense.... 9-18, 25, 45, 45-200.

    I can't see what else I could want now... except a GFX1 of course.
    Happy days.
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    If it was as an only or primary lens, I might have stayed with the 20. Its smaller, more than fast enough, and just wider enough to be more useful more of the time to me. But its the only m43 lens that still sort of slow to AF, even with the wickedly fast new cameras. And, for me, either one of them was gonna be a purpose specific lens, NOT something I kept on the camera most or all of the time as a walk around lens. If it had been, I wouldn't have gotten the 25. But, as its something I don't usually shoot with but pull out for specific circumstances, the 25 handles those circumstances much better than the 20 and I'm VERY glad to have it in my kit (and no rattlesnakes yet with my EPL3, so I don't think this is a given with Oly bodies - its just more prone to happen). But as a primary, every day lens?? Nope, I'd have stayed with the 20...

    So it may just depend on what you want it for.

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  11. mav

    mav Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 2, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    I'm considering getting one of these even though I have the 20mm already, I think the extra light gathering ability and bokeh control would be totally worth it. And as a user above me has posted I think it'll make my GF1 feel less like a P&S. I have rather large hands so the MF ring will also be easier to use for me, perhaps I'm alone here when I say I want my main prime to be bigger haha.
  12. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    Focusing ring

    You'll love it I'm sure. The focusing ring is one of the best features of this lens. It's very smooth and allows extremely tiny adjustments in focus to be made easily. I have the camera set permanently to AF+M.

  13. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    I can second the sentiment re: the focus ring....stunning !

    And despite some negativity regarding size, it feels beautifully balanced when on camera and cupped in hand.

    I absolute love it.
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