So I have narrowed down my choices. Now i need help to pick just one

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So i have narrowed down my lens choices. I am looking for the best value lens that can be used indoors in low light and is reasonably sharp.
The choices are:
1. Sigma 60
2. Panasonic 20
3. Olympus 17

So what lens of these 3 best matches the criteria?
 

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Pana 20. But you have the Leica 25/1.4, surely that meets the criteria, is free (to you), and makes the Pana 20 seem lesser value to you because it is only slightly wider.

The Siggy is a bit long for indoors, the Oly is a little higher priced.
 

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Pana 20. But you have the Leica 25/1.4, surely that meets the criteria, is free (to you), and makes the Pana 20 seem lesser value to you because it is only slightly wider.

The Siggy is a bit long for indoors, the Oly is a little higher priced.
Ok. I am also looking for something lighter than the Leica 25 because it is easier for me to handle. Which one is the lightest?
 

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A used panasonic 20mm mk1 is a decent value...but the af drives me nuts sometimes. I'm thinking of picking up a used 17mm myself. Other than the wonky af in low light conditions, it's a spectacular lens.
 

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Indoors and you have a short tele on your list? The Sigma 60mm is a short telephoto lens and would be hard to use inside a house unless you like really close-up shots. Since you already have the 25mm the 20mm would be a bit redundant in focal length{only a tiny bit wider} but it would be smaller and lighter since it is a pancake. I would think the 17mm would make the most sense for your needs.
 

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Get the 45 F1.8. I use the 75 indoors...don't think 60 is too long. YMMV.
This would be my suggestion also. It's considerably different from the 25 and is a great indoor lens. If not the 45, I'd go with the 17 since that is more different from 25 than is the 20.
 

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Yeah... if somehow you can afford two lenses, get the Oly 17mm f/1.8 and the 45mm f/1.8. Between these two and your PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4, you'd be totally set for lowlight work indoors with fast glass in full-frame equivalent focal ranges of 35, 50 and 90mm. And if you ever see a good deal on the Panny 14mm f/2.5, grab it. Then you'd have 28mm covered. Great for group shots and a great fit on both your G3 and E-PM1.
 

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I have no issues with my E-m5 with Panasonic 20mm using the AF light. I used to hate it with my e-pl1 but now I have no issues with it. Af is slow but it will lock focus the first time in a dark room. But 20mm and 25mm are too close of a focal range when you are looking to expand your lens collection.
 

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Yeah... if somehow you can afford two lenses, get the Oly 17mm f/1.8 and the 45mm f/1.8. Between these two and your PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4, you'd be totally set for lowlight work indoors with fast glass in full-frame equivalent focal ranges of 35, 50 and 90mm. And if you ever see a good deal on the Panny 14mm f/2.5, grab it. Then you'd have 28mm covered. Great for group shots and a great fit on both your G3 and E-PM1.
+1
 

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It's hard to recommend 20/1.7 as a low light lens. Yes it goes to a wide aperture, but its AF response is poor. If you're used to 25/1.4's AF in low light, you'd be disappointed.

I see 20 as a great pancake for the minimum profile.
 

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It's hard to recommend 20/1.7 as a low light lens. Yes it goes to a wide aperture, but its AF response is poor. If you're used to 25/1.4's AF in low light, you'd be disappointed.

I see 20 as a great pancake for the minimum profile.
Agree. The 17/1.8 and 25/1.4 are noticeably better in low light.
 

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You have the 25, so the 20 is perhaps a bit close (and horribly slow to AF in poor light, and merely 'slow' under normal circumstances) in terms of focal length.

Whether you'd prefer the 45/1.8 or th 17/1.8 (or even 12/2.0) depends on whether you want a wider or a tighter perspective. Personally, I really like 17+25 as a focal length combo for indoor low light. Longer gets a bit too long, but can occasionally be fun.
 

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I would vote 17mm 1.8. Sigma 60mm will be difficult for interiors and it's slower. 20mm is a little smaller but tends to have difficulty focussing in low light. The 17mm has a nice metal build too!
 
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From the ones you have listed, the Oly 17/1.8 would be my pick. I's also seriously consider the Oly 45/1.8 as well. A great deal if you find either one used.
 

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