LensTip.com

Lens review

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

27 June 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

3. Build quality and image stabilization

Let’s start by comparing the tested lens to other instruments with similar focal length which are also designed for Micro 4/3 sensors – the following chart will make it easier. You can say there are no surprises here. The biggest and the heaviest lenses come with the best aperture fastness. Then you get a macro lens – optically complex and stabilized. If you compare the Panasonic 1.7/42.5 to the Olympus 1.8/45 the first one might prove to be a tad bigger and physically heavier but, after all, it is faster and features one element more. You also shouldn’t forget about the existence of the Panasonic’s image stabilizer module and the fact that its minimum focus distance is shorter.

In the photo below the Panasonic is positioned next to the Olympus 1.8/45.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


Please Support Us

The coronavirus crisis has been adversely affecting many businesses and, sad but true, ours is not an exception. Despite that difficult situation we would like to preserve continuity and high quality of publications available on all our websites. Still, we are now aware it might be impossible without additional financial help. That's why we would like to ask all those who visit, read, and care about Optyczne.pl, LensTip.com i Allbinos.com for support - it's enough you send us a small sum of money via PayPal. If a lot people decide to support our websites we think we'll stand a chance and survive next months without any lasting harm. We count on your support and understanding, stay safe and be healthy.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - advertisement - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


The Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. starts with a metal mount surrounding the contacts and a rear element, 19 mm in diameter, which doesn’t rotate.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


The proper body of the lens begins with an immobile, metal ring featuring a red dot which makes the alignment with a camera easier and the focusing range of the lens ( from 0.31m/0.98ft to infinity). The ring’s diameter decreases and then you can see other inscriptions, with the name and the parameters of the lens and the information that it is produced in Japan. Here the Panasonic differs from the Olympus as that one is made in China.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


Then you see a manual focus ring, 19 mm wide and completely covered by rubber ribbing. There is no distance scale on it or a depth of field scale for that matter. The ring works with electronic relay and running through the whole distance scale needs a turn through an angle of about 180 degrees if you go fast. If you turn the ring slowly it might even amount to 360 degrees.

Behind the manual focus ring you see a part of the casing which turns seamlessly into a hood mount. The front element of the lens is 31 mm in diameter and you can find an inscription with the name and basic parameters of the lens around it, along with a non-rotating filter thread, 37 mm in diameter.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


The optical construction consists of 10 elements positioned in 8 groups. One element is aspherical. Inside you can also find an aperture with seven diaphragm blades which might be closed down to maximum f/22.

Buyers get both caps and a hood along with the lens in the box.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization



Optical stabilization

In order to check the stabilization efficiency we took several dozen photos at every exposure time ranging from 1/100 to 1/2 of a second with the stabilization switched on and off; then the percentage of blurred photos was presented as a time exposure function, expressed in EV (and 0 EV is the equivalent of 1/80 of a second).

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


As you see the maximum distance between both curves reaches 3.7-3.8 EV and so we assess the efficiency of the image stabilizing unit the Panasonic 1.7/42.5 is equipped with. It is a very good result, only slightly lower than 4 EV declared, by the producer.