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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

5 September 2011
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very sound workmanship,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre, including the maximum relative aperture,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame on slight stopping down,
  • well corrected chromatic aberration,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • good work against bright light,
  • silent and efficient autofocus.

Cons:

  • distinct coma,
  • too high vignetting by f/1.4,
  • the edge of the frame near the maximum relative aperture could have been sharper.

Looking at the Micro 4/3 system as a whole it is clear that the Leica DG SUMMILUX 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. fits here perfectly well, enlarging nicely the available choice of lenses. If you don’t need a very fast standard you can buy the Panasonic 1.7/20 pancake. If you need something really fast and don’t mind manual focus, you can get interested in the Voigtlander 0.95/25. The Leica can be placed right in the middle. Its price is similar to that of the Voigtlander and worse fastness is balanced out by the autofocus and smaller dimensions which fit the system better. All three lenses, mentioned here, have very good optical properties. Which one to choose Is a matter of taste, individual preferences and the capacity of your wallet. The important thing is that you have a choice which other mirrorless systems still lack.

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.15 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.08 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.32 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.5 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/80 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.1 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/80 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.88 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.58 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.2, exp. 1/50 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.18 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.68 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.87 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.38 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.25 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.84 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.86 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.12 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/3.2, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.28 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.88 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.96 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.07 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.09 MB
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH. - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 4.84 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.18 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.81 MB



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