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You should love thy Panny 20 mm 1.7 :)

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Bhupinder2002, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi guys
    I recently bought PL25 mm 1.4 and its a beautiful lens but that doesnt make Panny 20 mm 1.7 less delightful to use :smile:. Infact Panny 20 mm 1.7 and Oly 45mm 1.8 are the superb lenses a MFT shooter must own .
    few shots from an IKEA store. I am amazed how nicely OLympus handles complex lighting situations .These shots are with EPL2+ 20 mm 1.7 SOOC JPEGS as usual


    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/40s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.8    1/200s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.8    1/60s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.8    1/60s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/50s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/60s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/125s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/30s    ISO 200

    E-PL2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/100s    ISO 200
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  2. metalbernd

    metalbernd Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    Nice photo's, I bought the 20mm 1.7 last week, and I love it.
    It make the combo E-M5 and 20mm very small, so easy to carry.
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  3. mf100

    mf100 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    Sawbridgeworth, England
    If you could only have one of either the P20mm or the PL25mm which would you go for and why?

    I like the 20mm for being a pancake lens and costs much less, but does the 25mm IQ out way these?
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  4. Salc64

    Salc64 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 24, 2012
    New York. USA
    I can't say enough about the 25. I love it! If your looking for a pancake pick up the panny 12mm. That lense just makes my omd pocketable.
  5. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    I bought both used and kept them for several weeks until I chose the P20. I found the PL25 was better in every way except size and that was a critical factor for me. They are both outstanding lenses and every m43 shooter should have at least one of them in their bag.

  6. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    IMO, no. The IQ is extremely close to me. However, with that said, after using the PL25 for a while and then going back to the 20/1.7, it was painful. Mostly because of the focusing. The 20/1.7 just felt very slow.

    Sadly, I couldn't pick one, as they both have their place. The compactness of the 20/1.7 is just amazing. And I've come to like the 17-20mm range more than 25mm as a sole lens choice. So I still have them both, heh.

    It's really going to boil down to 3 things: compactness, AF speed, and 20mm vs 25mm. Just have to pick what you value more if you can only get one.
  7. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Add the 14/2.5 and you have a trio of very good and affordable lenses. This plus an "obsolete and outdated" Pen makes for great picture-taking on a budget:biggrin:

    That said, my brother gave me his OM-D plus PL 25 to try and thats a combination made in heaven, sigh!
  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    The 20 is a very fine lens - but if size were not an issue, which would you choose?
  9. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    if only the price of panny 25 was around $ 400.
  10. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    If the forthcoming 17 is fastish (lets say, 17/1.8), fairly compact, and sprightly in focusing, I could give up my 20 in favor of the 17 & 25/1.4 pairing. I like the 20 a lot, but it is noisy and pokey in focusing. I think Pany should revise it to address these aspects and then it will really be a winner.
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  11. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Lee Osenton
    A rainy day lazing on the sofa makes me love my 20 a little more ~ Lee

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  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    That will be interesting . I would also love 17 mm as this will be classic 35 mm one .I expected Panny to update firmware on this lens but they dont care ..:mad: :mad: 
  13. wzfoto

    wzfoto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2012
    I use the 20mm as a walk around as well, but i found focusing to be sometimes slow.
    I am interested to hear more about the 45 1.8 as well.
  14. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I love Oly 45 mm 1.8 and its one of the best portrait lenses . It focuses faster and focal length suits street photography especially shooting people.
    Have a look at these threads
  15. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I would pick up 20 mm 1.7 because of size , price and quie decent low light performance .
  16. arentol

    arentol Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    I would pick the 20mm. The 25 IQ is technically a little better, but the 20mm focal length is way better for my style of shooting.

    I have both though. :) 
  17. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    After I bought my Fuji X100, I used my Nikon D7000 maybe a dozen times in a year. When the E-M5 came out, it was an easy decision to sell my Nikon stuff and substitute M43. Absolutely no regrets!

    The X100 is, in M43 terms, a 17mm f2. At the moment, the Panasonic 20mm is the closest, and I enjoy it a lot, but if Olympus update the 17mm and make it faster, then maybe ...

    OM-D E-M5, 9-18, 20, 40-150, O45, X100, Small Hadley, big grin!
    Sent using the Mu-43 App
  18. stonetape72

    stonetape72 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    I sure do love the P20...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75427647@N07/7890381184/" title="P8280094 by Stone Tape Recordings, on Flickr"> View attachment 227566 "1024" height="683" alt="P8280094"></a>
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  19. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    So sweet ...:smile:
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