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5.0 out of 5 stars comparison versus olympus m.zuiko 45mm f1.8, August 4, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens (Electronics)
Although they the two lenses are used in different ways due to their different focal lengths, some of you might be interested in how it compares to the Olympus 45mm f1.8 m.Zuiko. I'm going to do a comparison for those who really want to know how the quality stacks up. These are subjective opinions and not verified with any kind of empirical test.

Olympus 45mm f1.8 strengths
- much easier to induce bokeh (out of focus background) due to focal length
- slightly better bokeh at f1.8
- better sharpness at f1.8
- better color rendition/contrast
- better at taking portraits
- noticeably smaller lens
- have not seen chromatic aberrations

Panasonic 25mm f1.4 strengths
- significantly more useful in most situations due to wider focal length
- f1.4 has usable sharpness
- easier to take shots of 4 people or more
- f1.4 allows better low light use
- made in japan and feels a bit more solid

Conclusion:
The Olympus has nicer bokeh and it's performance is slightly better overall. This is not a knock against the Panasonic, it's a terrific lens. But the Olympus is one spectacular lens that rivals the best prime lenses -- some of which are over $1,000. The Panasonic is still a top notch lens that has significantly more usability due to it's wider focal length and f1.4 aperture. I have spotted chromatic aberrations in the Panasonic, under high contrast areas, that I haven't been able to correct in Lightroom (i'm shooting using e-p1). Why is the Panasonic so much more expensive than a lot of good cheap prime lenses? That is due to the f1.4 aperture. Lenses with this large aperture are all pricey due to it's specialized construction and rarity. Is it worth it? Depends if you want or need the f1.4 aperture. If you are using the f1.4 aperture for bokeh, due to it's focal length, it's necessary to focus very closely to your subject. If you have the skill to maximize the potential of these lenses, you will be rewarded. If you know how to use these lenses, buy both as they are terrific in their own categories. If you don't know how to shoot beyond 'auto', you won't notice the differences between your zoom kit.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2014 10:57:09 AM PST
Real Name says:
Panasonic lens have the O.I.S. and Olympus has it in the cameras. I have both types for my GH3 and sometimes the lack of O.I.S does cause more shake. That should be added to your list of pros and cons. Not to say it is the reason for the higher prices.
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