I'd really be interested in a direct comparo between the OM 20 and the P 20. One of the things that I don't like about the newer O/OM lenses is how they render details. I find them to be almost over sharpened, sort of crunchy looking and blocky. One place where I tend to see this is in eyelashes, and the O-Pro glass I had made it look like everyone had heavy mascara on, while my P/L glass tended to show actual eyelashes with a more delicate rendering. Just as much detail, but with a different idea as to how they should look. I subsequently dumped my O glass, except for my 75 which seems to have been designed differently and more closely matches the P/L look. The P 20 has always been a favorite, but the unit focus needs to be upgraded one of these days.
Interesting observation for sure. I did not notice this with my 17mm f1.2 lens. But I did not have expensive PL glass to compare.
I do have a lot of experience comparing the Olympus with Panasonic consumer options.
In these lenses, I always found the Panasonic option to have more clarity, sharpness and saturation SOOC.
Pana 15mm vs Oly 17mm
12-32 vs 14-42 EZ
100-300 ii vs 75-300 ii
12-60 vs 12-50
The Panasonic 20mm is a lens that has its faults, but is also razor sharp and had no match from Olympus until now.
I doubt the 20mm 1.4 will be much sharper, but do expect it to focus faster and be better corrected optically, with less flare and CA in the final result.
I agree a direct comparison between the O20 and the ancient P20 would be interesting.
As soon as I have mine, I'll certainly run a few comparisons for everyone , but I don't have a P20 in the bag atm. [...] Maybe I can find / borrow a P20. Any Melbournians with a P20 keen for a comparo, lol?
I still have my Panny, and will only sell it if the 20mm 1.4 coming in a few days can completely replace it.
I already know it's no match in terms of size and weight, only if the other optical qualities are completely convincing will I consider getting rid of it.
So I hope to compare the two extensively, perhaps I can provide some comparisons for the team.