The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens retails for $275 at Amazon and sells for more than that at most retailers. I paid about $300 for mine, and it has been one of my favorite lenses, in fact my single most used lens, ever since.
If I had to pick a single two lens kit for Micro 4/3, price not a factor, it would be the Panasonic 14mm wide angle pancake and the Olympus 45mm portrait lens.
The Panasonic 14 is:
- ... the smallest, lightest native lens for Micro 4/3
- ... one of the fastest focusing lenses for Micro 4/3
- ... extremely sharp even wide open
- ... a full stop faster than the kit zooms
- ... capable of delivering pleasing bokeh (out of focus blur)
However, what makes the Panasonic 14mm lens the best deal in all of MFT-dom* is that Ebay retailers are splitting the lens off from camera-lens kits and selling the lens brand new for $160 (Ebay US) or £99 (Ebay UK). Edit: Some of our UK members have mentioned that VAT and custom fees significantly add to the cost there. Sorry I overlooked this.
Ebay US**: Panasonic 14 mm f/2.5 ASPH
Ebay UK***: Panasonic 14 mm f/2.5 ASPH
The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens has always been a great value, but now it's a no brainer.
*Obviously this is just my personal, subjective opinion. If you have a different take on the best deal in MFT-dom, by all means share it a reply!
**When you buy something on Ebay after clicking any Ebay link on our site, they give us a small referral credit. Your price is not affected.
***I have no idea whether we get referral credit from Ebay UK.