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benoly

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Anybody try Zeiss 25mm on EP2? I've heard that legacy under 35 can have soft corners. I have the Pany 20... but I guess I'm trying for the manual focus, rangefinder zeitgeist. Any other "50" equivalent RF lenses?
 

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Slightly over 50mm, I have the VC Ultron 28mm f2 and I like the focal length it gives. There's also the VC Skopar 25mm I think, but haven't tried it.
 

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That's pretty close to 50 and I like the speed. I would probably shoot it at 5.6/8 most of the time but how is it at f2?
 

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If you've got the Panasonic 20mm, why not stick with that? That's closer to a "normal" lens (21.6mm on 4/3) than any of the other options. Sure it doesn't have the same feel as a manual focus "legacy" lens, but you can MF and the image quality is a known factor!

Remember that the "normal" focal length for 135 is around 43mm. Some manufacturers actually produced 45mm standard lenses, but the switch to 50mm was mainly one of convenience rather than accuracy.
 

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The Pany 20 is a very nice lens. It's the sharpest m4/3 I own and its minimum focus distance is great. But I also own a very good 35 for my DSLR. Guess what? I bought for it's excellent reputation but now I realize I'm more of a "50" FOV. The Pany 20 kinda feels like a "35." Primes, being primes, just have their distinctive characters. But... I will keep the 20 just to have the AF option!
 

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i tried the ZM 25mm.
a little bit soft in the corners wide open, but in a gentle way. not the "violent smearing" that my 15mm shows.

still, i prefer the snapshot skopar, which is my most used lens on the PEN.
 

noodlehaus

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The snapshot skopar lens has the snapping focus ring right? The ones that lock just like the aperture ring?
 

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noodle: correct.

39mm LTM mount - so, it's not the 'P', and that makes it even more compact.
distance ring locks in at 1m, 1.5m, and 3m.
 

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honestly: i wish there was a lock at 6m, too.
but after all, i found it the perfect lens for everyday's needs. especially the focus locks are extremely helpful, and its compact size helps, too.
 
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The M-mount 25/4 doesn't have the focus ring detents, I believe--just the LTM version.
 

benoly

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The M-mount 25/4 focuses normally?
Prime lenses that start wit modest apertures like f4 are usually sharp. How about this one?
 

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hi ben,

the LTM version also focuses "normally" - just it has these detents that make it easy to focus even without looking up the distance scale.

and, yes, it is "sharp" (whatever this term really means).

not the best examples to show, but ... maybe this helps?
optically, the LTM version and the M-mount version are identical.

https://www.mu-43.com/blogs/sebastel/attachments/211d1271335921-miscellaneous-b-w-sp0103728.jpg
https://www.mu-43.com/blogs/sebastel/attachments/199d1271160939-peach-flower-petals-sp0123734.jpg

art exhibition - Micro Four Thirds User Forum
metro/underground - Micro Four Thirds User Forum

regards,
sebastian
 
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