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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

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Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Lens style Normal
Focal length 25 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 47 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:9
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 9 elements / 7 groups
Filter diameter 46 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions 54.5 x 63 mm
Weight 200 g
Additional information 2 aspherical lenses , 1 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens
Nano Surface Coating
Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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4.40 Good
Owners reviews (5)
  1. Paolo
    Paolo 3 February 2014, 19:05
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    IP 69.52.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 500
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Relatively large size compared to Olympus primes or Panasonic panacake primes.

    Pros: Much faster AF than the Panasonic 20 1.7, much more pleasant rendering of skin tones (less harsh) yet equally sharp. Fantastic and vibrant colours. Perefct for portraits in available natural light.

    Summary: This is without question the best lens I have used to date for portraits on micro four thirds. I have the Oly 75 1.8, 45 1.8, 17 1.8, 12 2.0 and 12-40 2.8. I previously owned the Panny 20 1.7 but sold it after comparing IQ between these two lenses. Panny 20 1.7 is good for street shooting but can't compare with this lens for portraits. This is also much faster to autofocus so far more suitable for portraits of toddlers who move around and don't stay still. If I was a studio based portrait photographer I'd probably rate the Oly 75 1.8 highest but prefer to get closer to my subjects. To truly get the best out of this lens, you should shoot wide open at f1.4 ensuring you use Manual Focus (with magnification switched on) to get incredibly sharp images with stunning bokeh. I only really started shooting in manual focus in the last week or so and wish I'd started sooner given the results you can get. Of the above lenses, the weakest is the 17 1.8. It's useful focal length but you can very quickly see the difference in sharpness when you compare what you see in the viewfinder with lens mangnification switched on.

  2. Extrawelt
    Extrawelt 25 April 2013, 20:31
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    IP 93.198.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 529€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No IOS, AF a bit slow, not weather proof, high price

    Pros: Razor sharp images, best optical performance m4/3 Lence I could find.

    Summary: I use it mostly for shooting my newborn and for that, it's just great. Also used it outdoor, sometimes @ night and I'm very happy with the results. Definitely prefer it from the "Pancace"... This lens it's just fun!

  3. YesOrNo
    YesOrNo 16 July 2012, 14:16
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    IP 62.168.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 550
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: price , plastic feel, slow AF

    Pros: 1.4,

    Summary: better option is lumix 20mm/1.7

  4. NikonJoe
    NikonJoe 18 June 2012, 23:38
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    IP 97.96.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 539
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: None

    Pros: Sharp. Skin tones as used on a G3.Rich deep color saturation. 20x24s no problem, and no distortion. All creamy backgrounds. To die for.

    Summary: I have a stable of Nikons and Nikon lenses. But this is the sharpest lens I have ever used. Period. Full Stop! If a professional MF camera should arrive on the scene with a full line of these Leica lenses, I'll dump my Nikons.

  5. Wanderenvy
    Wanderenvy 16 May 2012, 19:54
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    IP 50.131.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $579
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Sometimes generates a rattlesnaking sound on some Olympus bodies due to aperture adjustment when metering. But this is not a defect and does not damage the lens. I am rating the body at 4* only because it is plastic not metal, but it is solidly built.

    Pros: Sharp wide open, great contrast, quick to focus, great depth of field and creamy bokeh. Objects pop out if you frame them properly at the right distance. Fairly silent (but not super silent).

    Summary: One of the must have primes.

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