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Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

27 June 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • small, very handy but solid casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • excellent image quality on the edge of the frame, including the maximum relative aperture,
  • low chromatic aberration, both longitudinal and lateral,
  • moderate distortion,
  • lack of coma-related problems,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • nice blurry areas,
  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus,
  • efficient image stabilization.

Cons:

  • some problems connected with spherical aberration.

With its first launch of the M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8 model Olympus really created a stir on the market of mirrorless lenses, offering an excellent device for a sensible price. Panasonic’s task to beat that was really difficult but they managed to perform admirably well. For only 300 PLN more you get a minimally faster lens, with a better build quality, produced in Japan. It is also able to defeat the Olympus in the most important category, that of image resolution. In other testing areas once one lens is better, then the other but overall the Olympus seems to gather more points. The Panasonic deals with chromatic aberration and coma better but the Olympus prevails when it comes to spherical aberration, distortion, astigmatism, vignetting and flares.


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The situation of owners of Micro 4/3 sensor mirrorless cameras is enviable indeed. They can pick and choose between two excellent lenses; each of them will fit even a small pocket and they’ll allow you to produce great portraits.

We awarded the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8 our ‘Editor’s Choice’ badge and, looking at the performance of the Panasonic, we feel it would be unjust not to do the same in its case as well.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Summary