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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.


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).

Build quality 4.00
Optical quality 4.80
Value for money 4.40
Overall 4.40
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User: Paolo
IP 69.52.x.x
Date: 2014-02-03 19:05:22
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.

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User: Extrawelt
IP 93.198.x.x
Date: 2013-04-25 20:31:37
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!

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User: YesOrNo
IP 62.168.x.x
Date: 2012-07-16 14:16:36
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

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User: NikonJoe
IP 97.96.x.x
Date: 2012-06-18 23:38:37
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.

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User: Wanderenvy
IP 50.131.x.x
Date: 2012-05-16 19:54:38
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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