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Tell me why I made a good choice...20mm 1.7

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by AdamThirtle, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. AdamThirtle

    AdamThirtle Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2011
    Newcastle, UK
    I have finally made the leap and ordered the 20mm 1.7, I sold my E-PL1 kit to do so, so now I am with the E-P1, 45mm 1.8 and soon the 20mm 1.7.

    What I would like is for you lot to tell me why the 20mm is so great, even share some of your best shots from the 20mm, sometimes pictures speak louder than words.

  2. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    lol it's that generally what people ask before they buy something?

    Anyway, it's a terrible lens, can't understand why people rave about it...
  3. AdamThirtle

    AdamThirtle Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2011
    Newcastle, UK
    I just thought I would mix it up a bit.
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
  5. AdamThirtle

    AdamThirtle Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2011
    Newcastle, UK
    That thread is what made me buy it pretty much. I do enjoy portraits, but I have the 45mm for that.

    My shooting is lots of people, documentary style I suppose, lots of skateboarding trips, personal band shots etc...
  6. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    Some of my shots with this lens.





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  7. AdamThirtle

    AdamThirtle Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2011
    Newcastle, UK
    Absolutely great image there thanks!
  8. Good move. The kit lens on the E-PL1 feels awful, like a kids toy. And you don't really need a flash with the fast primes. The 20/1.7 is a very good lens, but it won't feel like a high quality piece beside the 45/1.8. Have just had a week in Greece, with all my lenses carried. Used the 20/1.7 & 45/1.8 for 90% of pics, and the others weren't very good!
  9. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011

  10. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    We went up to the north shore of Lake Superior this weekend. We had the 12/1.2, 20/1.7, 25/1.4 and 45/1.8 with us and, as I am going through the images, I am noticing that I am still shooting with the 20 a bunch. I do think I like the 40mm FoV, but I think it is on my camera much of the time simply due to its compact size.

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  11. Despite them both being made of plastic, the 20/1.7 feels and looks more plasticky than the 45/1.8. Add the focus noise and the non-internal focus in the mix: the 45 feels (to me) like it should be twice the price of the 20.
    Which isn't to say I feel that the 20 gives anything away in IQ. Very happy with the performance of both.
    My wife actually picked up the 45 and a Billingham bag for me in London a couple of weeks ago. When she found out my 20 cost the same as the new 45, she made me prove I wasn't ripped off by some criminal in Kuala Lumpur!
  12. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    :rofl: Funny reaction from your wife. :biggrin: Yeah, the 20/1.7 is super-lightweight.

    I will agree that, in hand and while focusing, the 45mm feels like it is higher quality.

    But... I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the 20/1.7 will look better than the 45 after some active duty time. Though kind of boring, I find the Panasonic lens finish to be very resilient to dings and scratches. On the other hand, I already have a little nick on my 12/2 and I have already popped off the cosmetic ring on my 45/1.8 a couple times.
  13. You are probably right Kyle. Hopefully not though!

    Cheers, Tom
  14. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Well, if I could only have one lens it would be the 20 without a second thought. Here are a few with the 20...

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  15. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Have no personal knowledge however this current thread might help. :smile:

  16. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    This lens continues to amaze me.

    I was going to post this in the ongoing 20mm image thread, but I'll post it here instead...

    Vineyard in Yountville, CA, taken with GF1 and 20mm:

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  17. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    One more...

    Bin of Tomatoes at the local farmers market:

    GF1 w/20mm

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  18. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    We fooled you Adam.


    In all seriousness, still my favorite lens. It may not fit in your skinny jeans, but it's the jack-of-all-trades embodiment of MFT.
  19. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Goooooooooood buy

    The 20mm is a superb lens and it is the lens I have (welded) on my GF1 for 99% of the time.

    I have never had issues with slow focus / poor focus - the quality of images it produces are superb and I use it for my street and landscape usually between f4 - f8........very happy.

    The majority of my work is on my blogsite - link below.

    Some samples here as well for tasters:



    DMC-GF1    LUMIX G 20/F1.7    20mm    f/4.5    1/60s    ISO 100
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