ePhotozine reviewed the brand new and yet not shipping new Panasonic 42,5mm f/1.7 lens:
Currently, this lens is available for around £350. The closest equivalent available is the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens, which costs almost half as much at around £180. As this lens lacks optical stabilisation, it will be a harder deciding between the two lenses if you’ve a Panasonic, or other MFT camera that lacks in-body stabilisation.
As far as the performance of this lens is concerned, there is little to find fault with. Sharpness is outstanding from maximum aperture, falloff, distortion and fringing are all well controlled too.
Victor: “I borrowed the new Panasonic 42.5 F1.7 lens on the panasonic boot on professional imaging in holland. And shot this quick review of it. It is the first review online of this lens! My YT channel is just hobby so it is quite nice to be the first one with test footage of this lens! http://youtu.be/vCTnrMNFtS8”
New Panasonic lens preorders:
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 POWER O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Panasonic MACRO 30mm f/2.8 MEGA O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.