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Panasonic Lumix G H-H020AK 20mm F/1.7 II ASPH Lens for Panasonic/Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black)

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  • 20mm focal length, equivalent to 40mm on a 35mm film camera
  • F1.7 brightness for beautiful, soft focus
  • Comprised of seven lenses in five groups
  • Used with Lumix G Micro System Cameras, allows for use of the advanced contrast Auto Focus (AF) system
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Color: Black
  • all-glass-optical
  • interchangeable-lens
  • zoom

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Product Details

Color Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4.5 x 3.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00DJS830Y
  • Item model number: H-H020AK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 26, 2013

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic H-H020A 20mm F/1.7 ASPH Lens for Panasonic/Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras


  • Extremely bright F1.7 optical performance

  • Ultra compact durable metal body

  • Durable Micro Four Thirds metal mount

  • Two aspherical lenses

  • Multi-coated lens elements reduce ghosts and flaring

 

 

 

The LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH is an amazingly sharp compact lens with superb F1.7 brightness.

Allowing a beautiful soft focus for photos to be even more impressive, the high-speed F1.7 compact single-focal length lens has 2 aspherical lenses for a superb optical performance. It boasts dramatic compactness and light weight despite its F1.7 aperture that enables beautiful soft focus in the background, allowing the subject to stand out impressively. Comprised of seven lenses in five groups, the new system uses two aspherical lenses to minimize both distortion and chromatic aberration, achieving incredibly high resolution corner to corner. The versatile 20mm focal distance (equivalent to 40mm on a 35 mm film camera) is suitable for wide variety of photography including scenery such as sunsets and dimly lit indoor shots taking advantage of its beautiful soft focus.


 

 

 

 

 



A new metal finish replaces the original 20mm lenses resin body, and combines with a durable metal mount for a sophisticated premium feel.

This new LUMIX G 20mm F1.7II lens is an update to the original LUMIX 20mm F1.7 pancake lens made popular by Micro Four Thirds system photo enthusiasts because of its razor sharpness and compact size. The new LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 II lens system is also designed to work with the Micro Four Thirds lens standard and is compatible with Panasonic LUMIX G digital cameras.

Optically the new The LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II lens offers the same great performance with two aspherical lenses and a multi-coated lens surface for reduced ghosts and flaring. It supports the Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in unsharp areas when shooting at large aperture settings. The new LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 II ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount.

Product Description

The Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II is a super bright, high-speed, compact single-focal length lens with superb optical performance. It boasts dramatic compactness and light weight despite its wide aperture that enables beautiful soft focus in the background, allowing the subject to stand out. Comprised of seven lenses in five groups, the lens uses two aspherical lenses to minimize distortion and chromatic aberration, achieving incredibly high resolution corner to corner. It also features a versatile 20mm focal length (40mm equivalent on 35mm camera) and a durable metal lens mount.

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It is super sharp; has nice color; fast focus; very light & portable!
AZ in Dunwoody
This pancake lens doesn't need too much stabilization in low light, so it's really great for dimly lit restaurants (I love food photography).
Lu
Not only is it slick and slim in design, it's a very well regarded piece of glass in the world of m43.
tom123

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on November 6, 2013
Color Name: Black
When I read that Panasonic was working on a successor to its Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens (which I've owned almost since its release), I was excited. After all, the original was exceptional; how do you improve on such a solid product?

Initial reviews implied that, well, they *didn't* improve on it. This refresh was cosmetic, and the lens was identical optically. I decided to take a pass.

That was, of course, until my E-PM1 (with the original lens attached) went for an unexpected journey on the roof of my car. Suffice it to say it ended well for neither camera nor lens, and when I went to replace the 20mm I discovered that the new version was cheaper than the old. An easy enough decision!

What follows is by and large my original review. Really, the only things that have changed are appearance and the weight, and those only in vanishingly small ways. The lenses are otherwise, as near as I can tell, functionally identical. I've tested this lens on a GF3 and on the E-M5.

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First off, this lens really is wonderfully compact - it's physically a perfect match for small bodies. There are smaller pancake lenses of similar focal lengths (the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 and the Olympus 17mm f/2.8), but neither are as bright; I think the 20mm hits the sweet spot.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Alan deLespinasse on August 7, 2013
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Optically, this lens is considered identical to its predecessor, so read those reviews to learn about image quality. The only real difference is that this new version uses more metal and less plastic, which makes it a bit smaller but heavier (it's still very light). And it's available in silver.

The video review is shot through this lens. It doesn't have much except a demonstration of focus speed and noise, and a few sample photographs (Amazon never published the photo I uploaded, maybe because it wasn't a photo of the product).

There were basically only two complaints ever made about the previous model: (1) focusing was noisy and slow, and (2) noise banding in the shadows on Olympus bodies. I can't speak to the second because I only have a Panasonic body (G6). As for the first, I can only say that focusing is definitely louder and slower than my kit lens (the new version of the 14-42mm zoom), but I probably wouldn't have even noticed the noise if I wasn't specifically looking for it. It seems pretty quiet to me, a relative beginner. Recording video using the built-in microphones on the G6, there is a tiny bit of noise captured, but I barely notice it (I'll demonstrate in a video review). I would use a separate audio recorder if I was going for maximum quality anyway.

Panasonic's official but unstated position seems to be that this lens doesn't need a hood. Panasonic doesn't make one that fits on it, nor is there any way to attach one aside from the filter threads. I went ahead and got a cheap screw-in one, but so far I haven't been able to tell the difference.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By joehud on December 8, 2013
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This is the sharpest lens I have ever used. I used to shoot on DSLR with canon L-lenses, both primes and zooms. This lens on my EPL5 regularly produces the sharpest, fullest photos I have yet taken. Also, the iris is 7-bladed, so you get beautiful heptagons on blurred out highlights. I took a picture of dewy grass that blows my mind. If I lost this lens or something, I would buy it again with 0 hesitation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tom123 on December 4, 2013
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
This is a great piece of glass for your m43 gears, especially complements the new GX7 by Panasonic with it's new chrome finish. Although I didn't really have a need for it, it was too good to pass off with a $200 discount for purchasing the GX7 combo.

Not only is it slick and slim in design, it's a very well regarded piece of glass in the world of m43. With f/1.7, it's nice and quick and works great in low light conditions. Although there are complaints about the slow AF, I can't say that I've had such experience on my new GX7. I do, however, also own the PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4 and when comparing the 2, the PL win hands down. But even so, I often find myself conflicted as to which one I want to take with me in my travels, the faster, better, but larger PL, or this slick and slim matching glass that goes oh so well with my GX7!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AZ in Dunwoody on January 12, 2014
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Very impressed with this lens! I use it primarily as my night lens in close proximity on my Lumix GX7. It is super sharp; has nice color; fast focus; very light & portable! It is truly a night-vision lens!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Brady on December 2, 2013
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Sharp, fast, small, rugged. what more can you ask for, other than cheaper. Could focus a little faster, but its not bad.
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By Vlad on April 15, 2014
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Excellent small lens with 40mm focal length on GH3. I bought it for travelling and it's worth it.
Very portable. Metal finish is nice. But as a filmmaker I use it mainly for video.

The downsides are:
-front section is sliding forward/backwards when it's powered on and off. This limits the filter weight that could be used as heavy filter can damage the motor.
-still can't find good variable nd filter for video use
-manual focus ring is electronic and not very convinient when filming video.
-it's so small that you need to come up with ideas how to use Follow Focus and other stuff on a rig.

Bought it form Hong Kong seller "panacam"
Very fast delivery to Russia.
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