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PANASONIC LUMIX G LENS, 42.5MM, F1.7 ASPH., MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, POWER OPTICAL I.S., H-HS043K (USA BLACK)
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- F1.7 Large Diameter & Mid-Telephoto 85mm Focal Length; Mount : Micro Four Thirds mount
- 31cm Closest Focusing Distance
- POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) / 240fps Drive AF
- Perfect for low light photography with a bright F1.7 aperture.
- 31cm Closest Focusing Distance
- Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) / 240fps Drive AF
- Focal Length, f=42.5mm (35mm camera equivalent 85mm)
- Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.2x / 0.4x (35mm camera equivalent)
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The Perfect Portraits Lens
This bright, large aperture F1.7 lens draws maximum light to produces a beautiful bokeh background defocus effect for impressive, more creative images. Together with a 42.5mm mid-telephoto focal distance (35mm camera equivalent 85mm), this lens is more than ideal for clear, detailed and expressive portraits.
Optical Image Stabilizer – Lumix Power O.I.S.
Large aperture lenses can produce an optimum shallow depth of field effect, but even the slightest handshake can also produce out-of-focus images. The Lumix Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), however, quickly and reliably compensates for blurring to deliver crisp, super-clear shots even when shooting in low-lit situations.
Fast Auto Focusing - 240 fps Drive Capability
With the Lumix H-HS043K, both lens and camera sync at up to 240 fps* to take full advantage of the camera's high-speed AF system. Its inner-focus drive system and stepping motor performs smoothly and silently during photo and video recording. (*Sensor drive performance varies depending on the camera.)
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|Item Dimensions||1.97 x 2.17 x 2.17 inches||3.23 x 3.23 x 4.41 inches||4.02 x 4.02 x 4.84 inches||4.49 x 4.49 x 8.23 inches||1.02 x 2.48 x 2.48 inches||3.03 x 2.91 x 2.91 inches|
|Item Weight||4.59 ounces||4.41 ounces||1.00 lbs||0.01 ounces||3.07 ounces||0.94 lbs|
|Lens Type||Telephoto||Standard||Wide Angle||Telephoto||Fisheye||Telephoto|
|Maximum Aperture||1.2 millimeters||22 millimeters||f/2.8||f/5.6||f/1.7||f/16|
|Maximum Focal Length||43 millimeters||25 millimeters||35||300||20 millimeters||43 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||43 millimeters||25 millimeters||12||100||20 millimeters||43 millimeters|
LUMIX G 42.5mm /F1.7 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
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However, I was pleasantly surprised by this lens, though by now I probably should not be. I've worked with the Panasonic 15mm f1.7, 25 f1.4, and the 20mm f1.7, all of which deliver a great deal of quality in their images. It has a very minimalist style to it with almost nothing except the focal range and lens hood alignment dots written on the lens body. The front of the lens body flange can be removed and in its place the lens hood can be attached. This is similar to the Panasonic 15mm 1.7 lens does, but without the 15mm's aperture ring in the way (if you have large fingers)
I'm surprised that this tiny lens delivers optical OIS in the lens body, but the images from the lens are very good. A wee bit soft at f1.7, but still quite nice. It has a minimal focal distance at around 12 inches which makes it decent for "macro" inspired shots.
The part that I'm really concerned about is the attachment of the lens to the camera. While it is indeed a micro four thirds attachment, the issue that I have is that the lens's mount seems to "grate" against the camera mount, seemingly rubbing the metal points of both -- giving me the feeling I get when my own nails are scratching a blackboard. I find myself wondering if this is an issue of quality in the lens build itself-- which does not have the Leica logo on it and is mostly a durable plastic. I also wonder whether or not the eventuality will be that metal bits from the lens mount might fall into the sensor. This compares unfavorably then to the attachment of the 20mm f1.7, which does not have this grating/attachment issue (and is also not Leica logo-ed).
Unlike the 20mm 1.7 though, the lens is virtually noise less. The 42.5mm does not have the AF focusing noise of the 20mm and is much faster at focusing on the subject than the 20mm.
All-in-all the experience is good and the lens is a fine addition to the m4/3arsenal. The small stature I feel lends it very well to the smaller bodies of the m4/3 lineup, though still works very well on larger bodies like the GX-8. I don't have the 42.5 f1.2, but I could imagine that the body of the f1.2 would be much hardier and probably metallic. This smaller f1.7 is quite lite, void of menacing doodads on the actual lens body and stylish enough to just throw onto your camera and head out the door.
In the video the lens was at minimum focusing distance, ~12 inches. No hood attached. Tripod mounted. The subject here was a large brown carpenter bee. I wonder if he may have been exhausted or sick. Eventually, he flew away. Hope he's OK.
It's the perfect size paired to the GX85. IT all just fits nice in the hands. Focus is spot on perfect every shot.
The Image Stablization helps me a lot as well, though if you have an Olympus camera or one of the few Panasonics that have that, it isn't as much of a concern.
I quite like my Oly 45/1.8 lens for portraits and general use. But my great favorite compact body is the Panny GM5, which doesn't have IBIS, negating the speed advantage of both Oly and most Panny primes.
So this Panny 42.5/1.7 with IS is replacing the Oly in my compact kit. The reviews show it to be at least as good, apparently better in the corners, than the excellent Oly. 58 shots in, I've got one big winner and several shots I like a lot.
It also looks great on the black GM5, so I'm a very happy owner.
It's small, and on the small G7 body, it looks like it doesn't mean business...but it's dead serious. Fast, clear, lightweight...No reason not to buy.
Dispel the stories and opinions that you can't get crazy bokeh with a M4/3 with this lil' fella.