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Triple Panasonic lens review at ePhotozine (14mm, 20mm and 14-42mm)


Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lumix G Micro Four Thirds Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Those looking for standard lens with a fast maximum aperture cant go far wrong with this lens. It delivers sharp, contrasty images, focuses fast and is compact enough to make a pocketable combination with your Micro Four Thirds camera.“. Check price of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 Lumix G Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Although it can be quite prone to flare with a strong light source in the frame, this is a small negative when the excellent sharpness, low CA and good build quality are taken into account“. You can check the price of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Zoom Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Overall the this optic perform well for one that is bundled as a kit lens and as it it priced lower than other alternatives when bought separately, it offers good value for money as a result“.

  • I wonder if kits with the 20 mm are still offered ?? AFAIK, the GF2 and GF3 have only been offered with the 14 or the kit zoom ??

  • Bob B.

    For my money…the only lens worth buying there is the 20mm if you want decent glass. I have read a lot of conflicting reviews about the 14mm lens. The 14-42 is not that great…but I guess the prices n the 14mm and the zoom reflect that. If you need a less expensive zoom…go get the old 14-45mm on ebay ..sharper lens (than the 14-42mm), metal mount (not plastic) and should be cheaper now with the advent of the new collapsible compact X zoom on the way to release.

    • I have to agree with Bob here.

      For the price/performance, no other 4/3rds lens can touch the Panny 20mm f1.7.

      If only they could re-release the *exact same glass* with faster autofocus and silent aperture blades, I’d be set.

      Heck, even if the autofocus stayed the same, just have silent aperture switching would be nice.

      Honestly, though, I don’t even care. I actually feel *lucky* to own the 20mm f1.7. It’s that good.

      • “For the price/performance, no other 4/3rds lens can touch the Panny 20mm f1.7”

        Well, maybe the new 45/1.8. I must admit I’m not that keen on the 20. Contrast and OOF rendition are not that great in my experience.

        • Bob B.

          It really is a good lens for the money. I have a Oly 45mm f/1.8 on the way from South Korea…they should be quite the compact, dynamic duo..and coupled with the Oly 12mm f/2 (much more pricey) they make a micro set of triplets that form a kit that is hard to beat when you consider overall size and IQ for the money. I think a lot of people are coming to this conclusion. MFT is rounding out nicely!!!!!!

          • I’d prefer a bit softer 45/1.4 instead of this – corner-to-corner sharp – 45/1.8. The additional DOF gain may be much more important than corner sharpness for such a nice protrait lens.

      • Brod1er

        I had the 20mm and it lives up to it’s reputation. A couple of months back I got the 14mm and was surprised how good it was in comparison as I had also read mixed reviews. In my view it is every bit as good as the 20mm. It is not as fast but that is to be expected as it is wider. It is as sharp however, and is almost half the size/weight. It also focuses much faster and has better contrast. Thom Hogan rates it as the best MFT lens and I agree with him on this. The Panny 14, 20 and new Oly 45 offer an unbeatable combination of IQ/size/price. The really great thing is that we have strong alternatives if size/price are less important eg Oly 12mm f2, CV 25 f0.95, panaleica 25 f1.4, Panaleica 45 macro, upcoming Oly 45 macro. All good!!

  • elleyy

    how can the 20mm be “fast” in focusing. It’s the slowest focusing lens on the line up! Did they ePhotozine even review this lens?

    • Mr. Reeee

      The 20mm focusses fast on my GH2, although not as fast as the 14-140mm. I’ve gotten some surprising shots just by hitting the shutter button by reflex and it kept up. In low light it’s not very fast and will hunt a bit. AF+MF helps tremendously in those situations.

      For me the 20mm’s biggest advantage is the combination of size and IQ. If I’m ever forced to buy another kit lens, I’d certainly pick a 14mm over any 14-42mm zoom!

      • Someguy

        It says it was tested with the Panasonic Lumix G3 – Maybe this speeds up focusing.

  • Still considering that buying 14–42 with the kit (~80 USD) was an excellent bargain. Better price/quality ratio than body only + used 14–45 from eBay.

  • Henrik

    Don’t know why all readers criticize some of the lenses. The review states clearly, as does the manufacturer, that *ALL* lenses are excellent – so we should trust them, and order.

  • Chris

    I think it’s interesting that they say the 20mm is internal focusing on the first line of the review. Did the reviewer even use this lens?

  • the 20mm is pretty much universally described as internal focusing:

    I suppose if you wanted to be pedantic, you could describe it as a rear focusing design, but then all lens movements are still taking place within the lens.

    Focusing was fast on the G3 I had to test the lens with. i suppose performance may vary in this area depending on which MFT body you use.

    All the best


    • I have both the Panny 20mm and the 14mm, and use an Olympus E-PL1.

      The 14mm focusses way faster (and quieter), but I seem to have quite a bit of CA. Not sure if I got a lemon or something, cause every other review seems to say it’s really good on that front.

      Despite m4/3rds being a ‘system’, you’d probably find in most cases the Panasonic cameras work better with the Panasonic lenses and Olympus cameras with Olympus lenses.

      I’m in the process of trying to convince my wife to let me get the 45mm f/1.8 for that very reason! :)

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