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PanasonicLUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (13)
  • Nice bokeh (11)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Consistent output (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Low light (11)
    • Night photography (7)
    • Weddings (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
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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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    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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      5.0

      Stellar wide angle prime

      By Bdale

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      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

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          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

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            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

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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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                4.0

                Decent performer

                By John the Walker

                from Amsterdam, Netherlands

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Excellent contrast
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Fast focus
                • Good Corner Sharpness
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Good Not Excellent

                Best Uses

                • Documentary
                • Environmental portrait
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Street And Candid

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

                Sharpness is good, contrast is excellent, bokeh is good, CA is good, autofocus is excellent, build quality and ergonomics are excellent. This is one sexy lens!The Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 is not the sharpest lens I own (the winner is the Olympus 75mm f/1.8), but it's the best prime in this semi-wide focal length. Optically it beats the 14mm f/2.5 and the Olympus 17mm f/1.8. The main difference I see are better corner sharpness and better contrast. The build quality is a lot better also. All in all a decent performer. You get what you pay for.

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                5.0

                EXCELENTE

                By Fernando

                from Rio de Janeiro RJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

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

                  Lente compacta, com excelente nitidez, visivelmente melhor que a Pananosic 14mm 2.5.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Lens

                  By RIShutterbug

                  from East Greenwich, RI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Aperature Ring
                  • Close Focus
                  • Fast Speed
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    This is a very nice lens. I perfer it my be 25mm in terms of FOV. Very compact and the aperature ring is great is I mainly shoot in aperature priority. The close focus is excellent too. I beilieve the image quality is better than my 7-14mm at 14mm. Highly recommended if you want a compact lens at this focal length. AF speed is great too.

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                    3.0

                    Functional, but not dramatic

                    By nappyd

                    from Los Angeles

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                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I used this lens on a BMD Pocket Cinema Camera. Its a sharp lens, but it has a really wide depth of field even when at f/1.7.

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                        4.0

                        Decent little lens

                        By Bill T

                        from Rowland Heights, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Great in Low Light
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          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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                          3.0

                          Pretty good...not amazing.

                          By Ken

                          from Indiana

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

                          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

                          Solid little lens

                          By Dan

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Got this as a small, fast, wide lens for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Optically, the lens is very nice. Clean, but not clinical. It works great and becomes about a 40mm equivalent on the BMPCC. Downside on the BMPCC is that the manual aperture ring doesn't work with the camera, but that can be adjusted through the camera itself. If you're looking for a compact, lightweight lens that still has character and is reasonably fast for smaller sensors, this is a good go to.

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                              5.0

                              Amazingly sharp

                              By Steve 42

                              from Sydney, Australia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                                A fantastic lens that I use as standard on my Lumix GX7 - a great pairing producing fantastic results.

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                                5.0

                                Very nice lens

                                By blue fox

                                from dallas - fort worth, texas, usa

                                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
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  I use this as my moderately wide-angle lens for my Panasonic Lumix GH3 and GX7 cameras. It essentially replaces the Panasonic 14mm/f2.5 pancake lens, though I still use the 14mm on my GF6 "pocket" camera (yes, it will fit in my short's cargo pockets.) The 15mm lens is long enough that it's not suitable for droppping a small camera in your pocket, but it has both a faster aperture and better image quality than the 14mm, making it a preferable lens for the larger camera bodies.

                                  My usual assessment process of a lens' image quality can be characterized as personal, subjective, and informal. With that in mind, I think this lens has superior image quality.

                                  The lens' aperture control ring is a pleasant addition. While I haven't fully explored its uses, at least in Apertutre Priority mode its use frees the thumb control to be used exclusively for Exposure Compensation. And, if you're not interested in using the aperture control ring on the lens, you can just leave it in the "A" setting and use the lens as you would any other.

                                  I very much appreciate Panasonic's commitment to maintaining the 46mm front diameter in its shorter fixed-length lenses. Having most of my lenses use the same size filters is economical for me.

                                  The lens cap, while spring loaded, puts the finger grips around the edge. I know Panasonic has made millions of lens caps that place the finger grips near the center of the cap. In my opinion the center placement is a much more usable location.

                                  The bayonet lens hood and associated (second) cap makes the lens much more difficult to manage in the lens bag. I think it makes sense to keep the lens, front and rear caps, and hood in one place (in the bag.) As a result I'm using a third party hood and older cover with this lens.

                                  In general, I'm impressed with this lens, and along with the 25mm/f1.4, it will be one of my primarily used lenses.

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                                  5.0

                                  Another Great Lens by Panny/Leica

                                  By Greg

                                  from Boston, MA

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                    I like this lens better than the 25mm Panny/Leica that I've had for awhile, and not just because of the focal length. The focus ring is no longer rubberized which picks up a lot of dust and grime. But -- I also love the focal length! This lens is very sharp across the range, a great size for a 4/3's lens, and it doesn't break the bank. For the price is outshines just about every other prime lens I've owned or researched. Glad I waited for it ....

                                    The only odd thing is the hood. You have to remove the "decorative ring" in order to attach the hood, which uses a rubber lens cap type thing. So there are actually two lens caps that come with the lens, but you use them one at at time. I leave the hood on all the time so its no big deal but it is different. The hood works fine with the B+W filter I use.

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                                    5.0

                                    Sharp and lightweigh

                                    By LMN

                                    from Berlin, Ct.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Environmental Portraits
                                        • General Wide Angle
                                        • Outdoor Wide Angle

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

                                        This 30 mm (35 mm equivilent)is sharp and wide enough to be used indoors in a lowlight setting. This is the lens to mount for a party...you can get a wider view and still achieve a separation of subject from background by the proper use of the aperture ring. The aperture ring is very convenient and fully functional on Panasonic cameras. The lens can to be used on other Micro Four Thirds bodies, but the aperture will need to be set through the camera menu system on other than Panasonic bodies. This is a great addition to the GM1, but also great on the other Panasonic bodies.

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                                        4.0

                                        Wonderful Little Lens

                                        By Jack

                                        from Danville, CA

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

                                              I bought this to go with my Olympus E-P5 camera. It is sharp, but Olympus owners should realize that the neat Aperture ring only works on Panasonic cameras.

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