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PANASONIC LUMIX G II Lens, 20MM, F1.7 ASPH., MIRRORLESS Micro Four Thirds, H-H020AK (USA Black)

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Another crucial advantage to the Olympus E-P2 for us London based street shooters, is that it’ll likely attract less attention from the cops who have taken to hassling us. Olympus also makes a 'nifty fifty' similar to this one. It's a little more expensive, but it's also a bit more compact. Other options in this segment include the faster, though longer Sigma 30mm F1.4 and the higher-end Panasonic/Leica 25mm F1.4 II. The lenses I used in this article, along with the full frame equivalent focal lengths(in parentheses) are the following: Most prime lenses are small and compact, and have superior image quality over zoom lens. The results you can get from them are quite beautiful! They also usually have wider apertures to work with too, letting in more light when it gets darker outside, which is especially advantageous in forests under a tree canopy.

I am reading this review long after its was originally written. Possibly the best review (fit for human consumption :)) I have read while trying to understand the m4t camera and lens combination. I recently bought EP 3 after a long research but was almost questioning my decision after using it with kit lens 14-42. Somehow I was expecting bit more. I have been using Canon G9 all these years and quality from EP3 wasn’t too great. After reading your review I have made my decision to go with 20 (there is still some hope).Let me be 100% honest here. I have been shooting the Nikon D300s and Canon 7D DSLR’s along with this E-P2/20 1.7 combo (and the D3s) and during this time the most fun I have had taking pictures was with the E-P2 and 20 1.7. The D3s, forget it! It’s for sports/action/wildlife guys and pros. While it is the best there is for that type of shooting, it snot the best solution for an everyday camera. Autofocus is excellent. Very fast. And with the genial red AF assist lamp on the GF1 autofocusing in low light is easy. I took this lens out on a hike, not expecting much in the way of landscapes, mostly just expecting to have fun with macro closeups of bugs and insects, etc. that I came across. When I got home and looked through my pictures however, I was quite happy with the results on all of them! Even the 45-200mm isn’t a bad lens upto 150mm it’s pretty sharp, but starts to drop off after that but still very usable and nothing abit of lightroom can’t sort out. This Panasonic 25mm F1.7 is fairly sharp across the focal plane, wide open. And even on the highest resolution 20MP Four Thirds sensors, its resolving power should leave most users satisfied.

Panasonic 20 mm f/1.7 is very attractive for street photography, wedding photography or other occasions where you want to be as unobtrusive as possible as a photographer. And it’s an ideal travel companion for your holidays. Just one more thing: the GF1 is a very versatile camera with the possibility to use other manufactures’ lenses, i.e. with adapters you can add a variety of glass.

The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH was announced earlier this month as the natural companion to the compact Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera, alongside a Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 Macro (the camera is also available with a 14-45mm kit zoom). The H-H020, as Panasonic curiously likes to call it, is a large maximum aperture 'normal' prime in a very compact 'pancake'-type body. It gathers a stop and a half more light than Olympus's M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 pancake (which is only marginally smaller), and is therefore sure to be of interest to E-P1 owners who want to shoot in low light using a lens well-matched to that camera's size. The distortion of this lens is for both the RAW files (at most RAW converters) and jpg files automatically corrected. The end result is very good. Although the original was highly regarded, the range of rival offerings has increased dramatically. Olympus introduced a high-grade 17mm f1.8 model to compete directly, and Panasonic added a Leica branded 25mm f1.4 that must surely be tempting sales away from the diminutive 20mm. About the Lens: The Lumix 25mm f1.7 lens is also quite light, and it’s one of the cheapest micro four thirds lenses out there. The body is made out of plastic so I’m not sure how it would hold up if it were to fall or bang against something. However the image quality coming out of it is still really good! You can also put some extension tubes on it and get some cool macro shots without buying a macro lens. The quality of the Panasonic lenses are superb, both the 14-45mm & the 20mm are really sharp & better than “some lenses” from either Canon & Nikon that cost twice the price.

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