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PanasonicLUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Nice bokeh (18)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Strong construction (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Low light (17)
  • Night photography (11)
  • Weddings (9)
  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Decent little lens

The main reason for this purchase is to find an everyday fast prime lens that fits my GM1 without any bulkiness. I must admit that I was not impressed with this lens at first...Read complete review

The main reason for this purchase is to find an everyday fast prime lens that fits my GM1 without any bulkiness. I must admit that I was not impressed with this lens at first (I was spoiled by its big brother the NOCTICRON F1.2) so if you are looking for the WOW factor then this lens is not it. Sharpness-wise it is just a tiny bit better than GM1's kit lens but not by much, only more visible toward the edges. Due to the m43 format, bokeh is hard to come by, you have to work and look hard to find them even at F1.7. The color is great, warmer than the GM1 kit lens.

What I do love about this lens is its ability to gather light so the camera can stays in the safe low ISO ranges and picture remains sharp even at F1.7. I do notice chromatic issues in the RAW file with shiny reflective metal objects (please see my sample photo) but non-existent in the same JPG file, more tests are needed.

Overall this is a good lens but if you only shoot RAW then you might want to test it first.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good...not amazing.

It's the only lens of its length and aperture...so if you need it, you need it.

With that being said, focus speed is slower than the Lumix...Read complete review

It's the only lens of its length and aperture...so if you need it, you need it.

With that being said, focus speed is slower than the Lumix 35-100 2.8...it's not ridiculously slow, but I hope it gives a reference.

Pretty sharp...nothing that can't be tweaked in post. But know that I mainly shoot for the web and smaller prints (10x12 or smaller).

What really disappointed me was the corner light fall off and corner distortion, wide open. A prime at this cost?!? Come on Panasonic. I didnt even notice this as much on my 20mm 1.7.

Color and contrast...pretty good! Better than my 20mm 1.7, not as good as my 35-100.

Much love folks!

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5.0

Unsurpassed Quality!

By Bob

from SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

This is definitely a "top-of-the-line" lens and a wonderful addition to the collection of lenses for my Panasonic Lumix G3. Images are tack-sharp with little or no optical aberrations. This is a highly useful lens for landscape photography.

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5.0

A great lens!

By Michael

from New Jersey

Verified Reviewer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

Sharp! Light! Leica!

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4.0

Awesome lens Except....

By buzz

from Atlanta GA.

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • cheesy lens hood

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I would actually give it 4 1/2 stars great lens tack sharp light weight etc etc but... the lens hood is driving me crazy. It has got to be one of the worst as it does not lock on firmly removing the lens i often accidentally unscrew the lens hood. The lens hood plain and simple is to loose and has seemingly gotten worse over time. Poor design is the culprit had it been threaded like my voightlander hood this would not be an issue but the one turn lock sucks.

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5.0

Beautiful

By Nathanfx

from Jersey City, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I've studied this lens from a far for a long time. Finally I rented it and spent some time with it. I've struggled to find a 35mm equivalent I felt strong about. You can tell It's tough to develop a wide lens for a smaller sensor. I've read in the comments about it's not sharp, that it has vignetting. After Importing what I shot from this lense into Lightroom I can say..There isn't a detail that this lens misses. It's not Olympus 45 sharp, more like Panasonic Leica 25 mm. This lens definitely stands up to the creamy sharpness you get out of the 25mm. I never really noticed the vignetting, nor was it an issue. Images are clean, crisp, vibrant. This will defiantly be my next lens. Even though It's slightly wider than I would like, I've been very happy with this lens.

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5.0

Leica Summilux 15mm F/1.7 lens - Great little lens

By Ray Smukkles

from NH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Tiny Lens With Big Perfor

Cons

  • None Yet

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

Primary lens on my Lumix GM1. This is the sweetest mini-camera package. It is tiny but with big capabilities.

The manual aperture and focus on this lens make for a rewarding shooting experience. No frustrations in handling. I use the lens hood most of the time.

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5.0

Sharp Lens. Nice Field of View

By MN Photog

from MN

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

    I had the Oly 17 1.8 which was a fine lens but as I tend to shoot wide, it was often just not wide enough. The 15 has a solid build and edge to edge sharpness stopped down and nearly as good wide open. Here's something to consider - I compared an identical scene shot with the PL15 alongside the P12-32 both at f4 (which is as wide as the 12-32 gets at that FL) and the differences were slight - oh maybe a touch more contrast with the PL15, and a hair better in the corners, but really pretty close. But the advantage of going to f1.7 can't be overlooked, particularly indoors when you are trying to keep the ISO from climbing. I just like primes and I like the build so for me the cost was worth it.

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    5.0

    Wide open Wide

    By Hawck

    from South Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

      Great images. Easy to use. Works well with all my Lumix cameras...old and new.

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      5.0

      Very Sharp Lens

      By Buzz

      from Atlanta Georgia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

        I bought this lens for its wideness,speed and sharpness to use on my Panasonic GH4 when i am using my DJI Ronin M. So far it has delivered beautiful images just as I wanted.

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        5.0

        Super Sharp Wide/Normal Lens

        By LandL

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

          Great lens for the GM5. Nice and compact, great optics, sharp, and perfect for scenic/street photography. Now I can carry a tiny camera that takes great pictures and with an aperture of F1.7 can create a shallow depth of field.

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          5.0

          Fast AF with great image rendition

          By Kev

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Great Image Rendition
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No OIS

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

          This lens is has extremely fast AF on my panasonic G7. Couple with Depth of Defocus, this special AF will only work on specific Panasonic Bodies. However, I hear it's also fast on Olympus cameras.

          The aperture is wide enough to get some bokeh separation for half body shots. However, do not expect miracles since this is only a 15mm f1.7 on a four thirds sensor.

          Color and image rendition is fantastic. Wide open this is sharp, though it gets much sharper when stopped down peaking at f4.

          Having the aperture on the front end of the lens is a nice touch which means I can customize my wheels to something else. There is also a convenient manual focus switch that overrides the camera's focus settings.

          The manual focus ring is buttery smooth and makes manual focus during video a breeze. This is certainly a top 4/3 wide angle prime. If it's in your budget, than I would recommend it, otherwise go for the cheaper 20mm 1.7 which is considerably tighter.

          Build quality is top notch. It's light, small, and delivers excellent overall image rendition.

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          4.0

          sharp , compact , metal lens barrel and mount

          By George

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

            Only drawback is that the F-stop ring does not work on Olympus OMD5

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            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Lens

            By One Happy Shutterbug

            from San Francisco

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Distortion

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

            I didn't give it a 5 star simply because there is still some noticeable distortion, especially when the suject is less than four feet away and near the edge of the covered area.

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            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I hope we get more like this...

            By Cale the Graphic Designer

            from Victoria, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            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 Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

              I've recently got this lens as a companion to my 25mm f1.4 for when I need a wider angle shot. For that purpose it works fantastic but what really sold me is it build quality. The 15mm puts to shame my 25mm with it's all metal body, fstop ring, and metal hood. I wish every lens was built like the 15mm. After getting to hold it at B&H the Olympus 45mm f1.8 felt like a cheap toy by comparison. Even the Olympus 75mm f1.8 felt a bit lacking after using the 15mm. I'm not saying either of those lenses are bad when it comes to optics only the 15mm really opened my eyes to what's possible with build quality. Speaking of optics the lens performs very well giving me sharp images even with the aperture wide open. If you have a Panasonic body and are looking for a wide prime do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

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              4.0

              Great Lens

              By ibmradio.

              from Clyde, Ohio

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                This is a nice lens to have in the kit when you need wide-ish shots indoors. The fast f1.7 really helps when the lighting is dim. To get bokeh you need to be fairly close to the subject, but the results are nice. Metal construction give the product a quality feel as well.

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                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Stellar wide angle prime

                By Bdale

                from Des Moines, IA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                  The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 is sharp across the frame even wide open, has great color and contrast with creamy background blur. The close focusing ability provides surprisingly good opportunities for subject isolation.

                  Though the specifications and test results for this lens are solid they don't tell the whole story of why this is such a stellar lens. The Leica branded lenses including the PL 42.5 f/1.2, the PL 25mm f/1.4 and the PL 15mm f/1.7 do have unique color and blur characteristics. The MFT system has some great wide primes and zooms but the 15mm 1.7 has quickly become my favorite lens in this range.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful Lens

                  By CLEVELANDJOHN

                  from Cleveland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                    Got this lens to use on my new GM5 and I am very happy with it. It focuses really fast even in low light. I have used it to take pics of a 10 month old who can't stand still for a second and it has not missed a single focus. I would highly recommend this for any Panasonic camera.

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                    5.0

                    Better than I espected

                    By Shanoe

                    from Boston, Mass area

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                      The lens is outstanding. Extremely sharp and size wise is made to fit the GM1 perfectly. I have not taken it off since it arrived.

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                      5.0

                      I love this sharp lens

                      By Henk

                      from The DC suburbs and beyond

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                        I got this lens out of curiousity, with low expectations due to the somewhat odd focal length (same essential FOC as an iPhone lens), but curious about the Leica cache and rendering.

                        Result: It stayed glued to my GM1 for the next six months, and is still my primary walk-around lens.

                        I love the files that result from this lens on the GM1. I primary use this for city scape, and I'm very satisfied with the DOF, corners, and rendering. I generally use this at f4.0 during the day, f2.8 at dusk, and f1.7-f2.0 after sunset.

                        This lens is smooth to operate. I love the Aperture ring. Manual focus with the GM1's focus peaking is smooth and useful.

                        The only thing I would change about this lens, if I could, would be to combine the fantastic distance scale of the Olympus 17/1.8 with the wonderful Aperture ring of this lens, while retaining its incredible rendering.

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                        5.0

                        Better than expected...

                        By Sebastian's Photos

                        from Stamford, CT

                        Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                        Reviews for the lens were somewhat mixed considering the price. Fortunately the lens exceeded my expectations by far. Bokeh is beautiful, sharpness in the center is great and in the corners reasonable for this kind of lens. Has the Leica feel of the 25mm. Highly recommended.

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                        5.0

                        Lumix Leica 15/1.7 for a wedding

                        By Escape to Connecticut

                        from Fairfield County, Connecticut

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

                          I love to shoot fast lenses without flash and I had a wedding coming up. I wanted a fast medium wide angle to complement my Nikon 32/1.2 since Nikon 1 does not have any wide angle that is fast. So why not adding this 15/1.7 to go with my GX7 to pair with the Nikon V2 with the 32/1.2. Well, I was not disappointed and captured some great pictures that would rival the professional at the wedding. The 15/1.7 is fast, sharp, and renders beautifully. I love it enough to get the 25/1.4 to go in between this 15/1.7 and the Nikon 32/.2. I would love having the 42.5/1.4 but that lens is just too pricey and I am already happy with the 32/1.2.

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