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Overpriced but quite enjoyable,
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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)
This has the same field-of-view as a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera, which is what the SLRs 25 years ago would come with as a "kit lens", i.e. the free lens included with every camera. So, what's nice about this lens? It's light. It's bright (f1:1.4). It's sharp -- quite sharp. As with most micro-four-thirds lenses, it's a higher price than what you'd expect, but there aren't lots of choices. The first alternative is the 20mm f1:1.7 "pancake prime" from Panasonic, which is a very well regarded, also quite sharp -- and is both significantly smaller and a bit less expensive than the 25mm. The second alternative is the Voigtlander 25mm f1:0.95, which has the same focal length, but is a completely different lens: It's manual focus, far heavier, and not as sharp. I have all three lenses, and the Voigtlander is very nice for video and extremely low-light photos, and it renders nicely, but the Panasonic 25mm is a better all-around lens. Despite the larger size, I also prefer the Panasonic 25mm to the Panasonic 20mm, but it's only a personal preference thing. At any rate, I'd buy this one again, and I'd buy it instead of the Panasonic 20mm.