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Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Fast f/1.7 Maximum Aperture
  • Aperture Range: f/1.7-16
  • 20mm Focal Length (35mm Equiv: 40mm)
  • 2 Aspherical Elements
  • 7 Rounded Diaphragm Blades
  • Multi-Coated Elements
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 7.87"
  • Durable Metal Mount and Body
  • 46mm Filter Diameter

The silver LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens from Panasonic is an extremely compact, pancake-style prime lens in the Micro Four Thirds system. It is compatible with Panasonic LUMIX G digital cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 40mm and a fast f/1.7 maximum aperture that offers great low-light performance. The 7-blade rounded aperture produces pleasing bokeh in the out-of-focus regions of images.

Two aspherical elements minimize both distortion and chromatic aberration. The lens supports the Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing. Multi-coated elements minimize ghosting and flare to further enhance image quality, and minimum focusing distance is 7.87". The 20mm f/1.7 II features a durable metal mount and body, as well as a 46mm filter diameter.

Compact, pancake-style prime lens in the Micro Four Thirds system, designed for Panasonic LUMIX G digital cameras
Features a 35mm equivalent focal length of 40mm and a fast f/1.7 maximum aperture that offers great low-light performance
The 7-blade rounded aperture diaphragm creates pleasing bokeh in out-of-focus areas
Dual aspherical elements reduce distortion and chromatic aberration
Supports the Contrast AF system for highly precise autofocus. Continuous Auto Focus (AFC) does not work for still image capture but is usable when recording video
Multi-coated elements minimize ghosting and flare
Has a minimum focusing distance of 7.87"
Sturdy metal mount and body
Accepts 46mm filters
Performance
Focal Length 20mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 40 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.7
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 57°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.13x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 7/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.48 x 1.00" (63 x 25.5 mm)
Weight 3.07 oz (87 g)
Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (U.S.A. and Puerto Rico)
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    PanasonicLUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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      (6)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (24)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
    • Nice bokeh (12)
    • Consistent output (10)
    • Easily interchangeable (10)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (19)
    • Night photography (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding Moderate Wide-Angle Lens

    This is a first class lens for MFT users. I already own the fine Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens, and needed a second lens in this range for my wife's E-P5. In a back...Read complete review

    This is a first class lens for MFT users. I already own the fine Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens, and needed a second lens in this range for my wife's E-P5. In a back to back comparison using my E-M1 (tripod and self-timer), the Lumix lens is noticeably sharper throughout the range of f-stops, when viewed at 100% on screen. No "chatter" during focusing was noticed on either body. Perhaps the Lumix is a bit slower at focusing, but not significantly so.

    Pancake size is appreciated by my wife. Slightly tighter field of view on the Lumix should be considered by all, and its lack of a focusing scale may be an issue for some advanced photographers.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Slow focus

    This is a great lens for indoor photography. Nice small lens, good field of view, excellent construction and image quality is sharp. Unfortunately this lens focuses very slow. The Olympus Zuiko lenses...Read complete review

    This is a great lens for indoor photography. Nice small lens, good field of view, excellent construction and image quality is sharp. Unfortunately this lens focuses very slow. The Olympus Zuiko lenses all have blazing fast and silent focus. Not so with Panasonic. Something about the design, it hunt for focus with every shot. Even if you focus and lock in on the subject. If you refocus again it will bring it out of focus and lock in again. This is not a good lens if there is a lot of action as could occur with many indoor event photography. It is usable, but the 17mm Zuiko is probably a much better lens. I may sell this one to get that.

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    4.0

    Great optics, slow autofocus for stills

    By RCP

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

      Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

      As others have noted, the autofocus is very slow for stills, at least on Olympus bodies. I had on an EM5 but returned for the Olympus 25mm 1.8.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By cardmd

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

          Awesome lens for the new Lumix GX7 that I bought as a gift for my wife. This is the lens that you should buy for this camera. Good quality pictures. No complaints. Highly recommend.

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          • Yes

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          3.0

          Slow focus

          By summer solstice

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          This is a great lens for indoor photography. Nice small lens, good field of view, excellent construction and image quality is sharp. Unfortunately this lens focuses very slow. The Olympus Zuiko lenses all have blazing fast and silent focus. Not so with Panasonic. Something about the design, it hunt for focus with every shot. Even if you focus and lock in on the subject. If you refocus again it will bring it out of focus and lock in again. This is not a good lens if there is a lot of action as could occur with many indoor event photography. It is usable, but the 17mm Zuiko is probably a much better lens. I may sell this one to get that.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Quality Purchase

          By Thebestbobthateverbobbed

          from New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

            I bought this lens as one of my start out lenses for my Panasonic GH4. For the price, I found this lens to be a perfect fast prime lens to start out with until I have the money to buy more expensive lenses. It is unbelievably tiny, very fast, and a solid focal length.

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            5.0

            BRIGHT and CRISP

            By Ed

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

              Connected to the GX7, this is fantastic street camera, fast and bright. Great in low light. I am new to the 4/3 format and loving the compact size of the pancake lenses.

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              5.0

              As great as the reviews say it is

              By MistahVega

              from Gainesville, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                As great as the reviews say it is, good price for great MFT lens. Improvement over version 1.

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                3.0

                Good but a tiny bit soft in the corners

                By Luca

                from Mountain View, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Corner Sharpness

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography

                Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                This lens is light and quite bright. However, it is a tiny bit soft in the corners for my taste. Compared with Four-Third lenses 14-54 and 50mm fixed, this lens is somewhat less sharp in the corners. It is quite sharp in the center, even full open. So it is a great lens for portraiture, but not quite for low-light landscape photography.

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                4.0

                an excellent fast pancake

                By Mark from NYC

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video

                  Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                  I use the lens for video with GH4, and I would not mind having the option of image stabilization. Since it is functionally 40mm (2x crop on MFT)it is very useful everyday lens. Very light and small, and you can get very nice shallow depth of field at f 1.7

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                  4.0

                  fantastic lens, good value.

                  By swede

                  from Northern Minnesota

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                        I bought this lens to use on my omd em-5, specifically for travelling/tourism, replacing my 12-50mm kit lens.
                        This lens is sharp and compresses well. I used mostly primes back with my D-SLRs and am happy to be back at it with this lens/body combo.

                        not 5 stars due to it's slightly slow auto-focus. I found a few situations where it hunted a bit and is not too quick in it's search.

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                        2.0

                        small with decent optics, but AF is slow

                        By Jacob

                        from OK

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Noisy
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                        Optically, this lens is okay, but not really much different than other m43 prime lens with a similar focal length. However, this lens is very small (not that the others are large).

                        By current standards, the autofocus on this lens is extremely slow, not unlike a macro lens. If you can live with slow AF this lens is okay. This lens is also noisy during operation.

                        For general use where focus speed matters, the Olympus 17mm f1.8 and 25mm f1.8 lenses (I own both) are much better lenses.

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                        5.0

                        Small and fast

                        By DRB

                        from IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                          Nice small and fast lens.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Must have lens

                          By Stillwater

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                            This is a great lens for indoor shooting. Perfect for candid shots of friends and family in or out of doors. Fast enough for action shots and very, very clear. Another great thing is that it is so small and light. Perfect and a must have.

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                            5.0

                            Outstanding Moderate Wide-Angle Lens

                            By Duffer

                            from Michigan

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Size
                            • Sharp images

                            Cons

                            • No lens hood available

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Street photography

                            Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                            This is a first class lens for MFT users. I already own the fine Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens, and needed a second lens in this range for my wife's E-P5. In a back to back comparison using my E-M1 (tripod and self-timer), the Lumix lens is noticeably sharper throughout the range of f-stops, when viewed at 100% on screen. No "chatter" during focusing was noticed on either body. Perhaps the Lumix is a bit slower at focusing, but not significantly so.

                            Pancake size is appreciated by my wife. Slightly tighter field of view on the Lumix should be considered by all, and its lack of a focusing scale may be an issue for some advanced photographers.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Small with great IQ,

                            By Pete

                            from Iowa city

                            Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                            Bought for my pana gm1. Perfect match. Very good all around and low light.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent M43 Fast Prime

                            By ExMachina

                            from Falls Church, Va

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography
                              • Video

                              Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                              Picked this up at a steep discount when I bought by Lumix GX7 and am really glad I did. The lens seems very sharp with very little distortion. I'm super-please with it, and now understand why so many rave about this lens.

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                              5.0

                              Nice lens for narrow depth of field

                              By Landy

                              from Plano, TX

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                                This is a really nice lens for narrow depth of field which is why I bought it. The f stop goes down to 1.7. Better than the original lens kit I purchased for my Lumix GH2. An added benefit turned out to be that it is very light and small so it is great for whipping out the camera for those quick shots. So, not as cumbersome as the longer 14-140 lens. The downside is of course, it has no zoom. But to get a shallow depth of field for a 4 thirds camera like the Lumix that would have zoom capabilities one would spend $[$]instead of the $[$]that I paid (best price I could find, actually. Thanks B&H!). If you are looking for a zoom lens with a low f stop of .95 for a 4 thirds camera look at this lens at B&H PHOTO: Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds CamerasIt gets AMAZING reviews. .95 f stop is insane! It will be bigger and bulkier than the one I got but it seems like for the price it can't be beat. If I had a grand in the budget I would definitely have gotten the Voigtlander Nokton. I'm very happy with my purchase, though. Shallow depth of field is good for me at this moment for taking pics of my son around the house where I don't want the background in focus. I just have to walk a little closer to the subject because of the lack of zoom. Still, for me it isn't a big deal.It's also great in low light situations!

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                                3.0

                                fatally flawed for dark night photos

                                By ny ny

                                from ny ny

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

                                  Recently bought a GM1. In many ways the 20mm f1.7 is the perfect lens for it. It keeps the size small and is a very flexible focal length. In most situations, the lens performs really well. However, in very low light, the 20mm f1.7 has a terrible flaw. Black areas of the photo will often show terrible bands/stripes. The issue is thoroughly discussed in many micro 4/3rds forums and can happen with many micro 4/3rds cameras. It doesn't always happen, it may depend on what kind of lighting is around. If you don't shoot in very low light, you may never notice it, but if you do, you'll eventually find many of your dark photos basically ruined by totally unacceptable banding.

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                                  5.0

                                  great lens

                                  By gulka

                                  from LA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                                  This is fantastic lens, and the price from B&H was a steal... I am joking, paid around[$]$...great lens for Panasonic GH3, super sharp, super fast, small....

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Sharp bright little lens

                                  By Joe

                                  from Madison WI

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                                    I haven't had this lens for long, but so far it's been working great on my E-P3. The camera/lens combo thing is a tidy little package that has done great in poor to marginal to excellent lighting.

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                                    5.0

                                    Essential Lens

                                    By Red Cape Studio

                                    from Los Angeles

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

                                      This was the first m43 lens I bought (version 1) to use with my GH2 and recently bought version II to go with my GX7. It is my most used lens and turns out to be an excellent all around lens. It is remarkably small and lightweight, has excellent optical properties and the focal length works for a wide range of subject matter. It is wide and fast enough to shoot indoors and works equally well outdoors where its rendering quality is marvelous. I am consistently surprised and happy with the results even after three years.

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