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PanasonicLeica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens
 
4.8

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (134)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (128)
  • Consistent output (103)
  • Lightweight (95)
  • Easily interchangeable (85)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (136)
  • Night photography (94)
  • Weddings (69)
  • Landscape/scenery (62)
  • Video (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (83), Semi-pro photographer (37), Casual photographer (20), Pro photographer (11), Enthusiast (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

If I only had one lens to use. . .

This is my second Pan/Leica 25mm Sumilux f1.4 lens--my first one was the "D" variant for standard 4/3 cameras. I loved my first one and feel almost the...Read complete review

This is my second Pan/Leica 25mm Sumilux f1.4 lens--my first one was the "D" variant for standard 4/3 cameras. I loved my first one and feel almost the same about this one. I bought the DG before my Olympus OM-D arrived, as I literally NEED a very fast standard focal length lens.

This is the lens which I keep on my camera almost all of the time. Its outstanding maximum aperture allows me to shoot indoors without a flash or use an extrodinarily high ISO setting, and I can even do street shooting in the middle of the night and get impressive results. The f1.4 aperture also provides a nice bokeh effect, which can be difficult to achieve with M4/3 lenses with slower lenses.

Unlike the standard 4/3 version of this lens, there is a bit of barrel distortion--more than one would expect from a standard focal length prime designed in-part by Leica. Fortunately, that is corrected in most, if not all, M4/3 cameras by JPEG software; if you shoot RAW, you have to run your images through additional lens correction software/plug-ins to eliminate this distortion.

It also differs from the standard 4/3 version in size, heft, and materials. The "D" Summilux is really large and heavy for a standard focal length prime, even when mated to a good sized SLR body. Its solid Leica-like construction is obviously a big contributor to the lens' mass. THIS ALL CHANGES WITH THE DG LENS. The M4/3 lens is much smaller and lighter than the 4/3 version. Its weight is in perfect ballance on the OM-D (although it might make something like a PEN feel too front-heavy), and the size is just right for making a quick grab to manually focus it. While it might have been nice for this lens to feel more solid, with more metal in its construction, the plastic used is more than strong enough and provides plenty of feel--given the advatage in being much lighter and better suited to M4/3 camera bodies, this trade-off was a no-brainer. I had actually thought about using my Summilux D lens with an adaptor ring on my OM-D body, but the ergonomics of that combination just didn't work out.

The lens is also known for making a soft clicking noise. To my knowledge, this occurs with some cameras as the aperture is quckly moving open and closed whenplaced in an automatic setting. I typically shoot in an aperture priority mode, and as such, have not yet heard this clicking noise on the OM-D.

I should also note that this lens auto-focusses lightning-fast on the OM-D; probably about as fast as the 12-50mm Zuiko which came with the camera, although that's just my seat-of-the-pants appraisal.

All in all, I can't think of a better lens to have on my camera to shoot with in almost any situation, outside of where I need a very long or very wide focal length for a specific reason. The lens might not be cheap for a standard prime, but the quality of my images is crucial to me so I think of it as money very well spent.

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Fast lens with slow AF; noisy.

I really want to like this lens more, because the optical quality is great, but the AF at < f2.8 is so painfully slow on my EP3 that I desperately want a switch...Read complete review

I really want to like this lens more, because the optical quality is great, but the AF at < f2.8 is so painfully slow on my EP3 that I desperately want a switch to allow manual focus. I have resigned myself to the reality that it is often faster to switch back to my manual Hexanon glass, focus, take the image, then switch back to this one than it is to wait for AF at the wide open apertures. This lens is also really loud. It is loud enough that it causes me worry that it is malfunctioning, and often causes my subjects to have a strange worried expression on their faces. The instructions state the noise level is normal, however. Sometimes, frankly, I wonder if the lens was worth it; I don't do much of the deep DoF work where this lens seems best-suited.

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5.0

Good lens

By Bill

from Ohio

Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

Very sharp even wide open with good rendering.

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5.0

Great for low light

By Simon

from Bogota, Colombia

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Low Light Capability

Cons

  • No IS

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Video

Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

Amazing lens for this price point. I use it mainly for low light situations. Great optical quality.

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5.0

Serious piece of pro quality glass

By Bartlioni

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

    My primary weapon is my E-M1 with grip loaded with either the 12-40 F2.8 or my new behemoth 40-150 F2.8. But I also carry an E-M5 loaded with a prime lens for targets of opportunity at weddings and indoor events. For all things indoor natural light, this lens is my goto glass. The zoomies just can't touch the performance of a quality fast prime in these situations. I avoid flash in these situations every way I can so I can capture the ambience of the environment. I'm an unrepentant gear junkie, and so the idea of 'if I only had one lens' is alien to me. If I only had ten lenses is more my style. But hypothetically, if I only had one lens then I must reluctantly confess this would be the one.

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    5.0

    Great prime

    By Mesal

    from Missouri City, TX

    Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

    This is a great lens. I like it better than the 50mm
    1.4 from Nikon. Lots of detail, nice bookeh, light and very fast auto focusing.

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    5.0

    Brilliant Lens: fast, sharp, pretty.

    By dfc

    from Michigan, USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

      Perfect match to my Olympus E M5. Fast, accurate focus in high and low light. Clean, lovely images at all apertures. The Olympus lens stabilisation and the low light performance of the Summilux are a fantasy to this old shooter who grew up pushing Tri-X and shooting the Leica at 1/15. I'm confident getting detailed shots at 1/4, possibly lower. It is quiet, solid and, to these old hands, weighs nothing. What's not to love ?

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      5.0

      class act lens

      By JRG SHOOTER

      from EUROPE

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

        superb resolution. superbly built. top range glass. my one stand alone lens of choice.

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        4.0

        Wish they have updated this lens

        By BT

        from Rowland Heights, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • 30cm Min Focus Distance
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • 03m Min Focus Distance
        • Color Shifting
        • Older Design
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

        After purchased both LEICA 15mm and 42.5mm I thought I did complete the collection by getting a 25mm. My first impression was "where is the aperture ring?" I then realized that this lens has an older design so it doesn't have one. My unscientific tests show the image quality isn't as sharp as the other two lens at wild open and the color shifts from warm to cold from wild to narrow. It also focus slower than the other two lenses, a lot mis-focus compare to 15 and 42.5mm at low light low contrast situation. Overall the bokeh is generally good given it is a F1.4 but still it is a m43 lens therefore you will have to work hard to achieve any meaningful bokeh (meaning really close to the subject and have the background really far away). In conclusion I think this lens is fair but can be made better knowing how well the other two siblings performed.

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        5.0

        Razor Sharp Results

        By Matt P

        from North Carolina

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Very Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

          I purchased this lens when I purchased a GH4 (see "The Mighty Mirrorless" review). I am glad to say that this is a great companion for the M4/3s GH4.

          From the photography side, this lens is very fast and very sharp. I have had several photographer friend that have made several positive comments on the speed and sharpness that this lens produces. Some of the comments even came from some FX camera shooters. Burst mode of this lens on the GH4 is insanely fast. I have only test the high .jpg setting in burst mode so I'm not sure if the large RAW will slow it down significantly or not. Portraits photos from this lens are awesome as well (see GH4 review for sample pic with this lens). The bokeh has a very smooth finish to it at the f1.4 and I have found that it is consistent throughout the stops.

          The video performance is almost photo quality, very sharp and the bokeh is still has the smoothness to it. I have used this lens on some stabilizing rigs and the footage is very usable even though it does not have O.I.S. built in. The focus ring is very smooth and has a good amount of surface area to adjust focus with while following a subject when shooting video. The focus bump is not overly obvious, subtle and smooth as well.

          I use this lens mainly for shooting interviews in combination with the GH4 but I have used it for stills on several occasion as well. If you are looking for a very fast M4/3s lens then I would not hesitate to get this lens. I highly recommend it!

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          5.0

          gorgeous lens!

          By Carlos M.

          from Weehawken

          Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

          What a big punch in a small package. The Leica lens paired with the gh4 is such a nice combo. Would highly recommend, amazing quality!

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          5.0

          Quite Amazing!

          By Carrie

          from North Carolina

          Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

          All I can say is this lense takes the best images. You will not be disappointed. The focus ring is just so smooth, and the images it captures have such a beautiful quality. I really can't think of any negative thing about this lense. Buy it, you will love it too.

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          4.0

          Lovely little lens

          By nappyd

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video

            Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

            I use the Leica DG 25mm mft lens on a BMD Pocket Cinema camera. The lens looks great, is small a light weight with a reasonably narrow depth of field.

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            5.0

            Great Bokeh

            By Chris is his own Grip

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

              I got exactly what I wanted out of this lens. I wanted a crisp interview subject in sharp focus in the foreground and an out-of-focus interior shot of the building in the background. This lens delivered with lots of light. I did also get plenty of DoF when I wanted it for shooting exteriors of the same building. Pretty good performance for a little lens that didn't break the bank.I shoot in mixed AF/Manual so the AF speed issue isn't as much a factor for me. I didn't hear the lens on the video I shot and I didn't have a problem quickly focusing on moving targets. Seems pretty sturdy to me.

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              5.0

              Great quality and performance

              By Ian

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                Great build quality and comes with a quality lens hood and carrying case. Very good in low light, very sharp and smooth focus ring. Perhaps a bit bigger than I was expecting, but overall a quality lens. No cons as of yet.

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                5.0

                My best prime!

                By Danny B

                from Norway

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Street

                  Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                  Fantastic optical quality, and a killer in low light situations.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens!

                  By Jimmy D

                  from Plymouth, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                    I bought this based on the reviews, and wanted a 50mm equivalent for my GH4. This lens has not disappointed. The focus ring is super smooth and the image quality is superb. Highly recommended.

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                    5.0

                    SHARP

                    By killascript

                    from Buffalo, NY

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                      LEns was much sharper than the other M43 lenses I have used for my GH3... really ups the quality with depth of field and color balance and definitely low light capability... without this lens, my camera was only half as good

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Lens

                      By chinman

                      from Newyork, newyork

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                        I bought this lens along with EM5, first time I used this camera its make me feels like a small kid eating ice cream.. yummy . I love the bokeh and the sharpness in the center. Hail to Leica lens.. you are really amazing product! This lens is my primary lens for shooting now..
                        Thank You Leica for giving me a chance to be your beloved one :)

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                        5.0

                        Review

                        By nikakisc

                        from Melbourne, Australia

                        Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                        Brilliant lens for portraits. Foud the level of customer service and on the floor product knowledge to be brilliant.

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                        5.0

                        Just like the good old days...

                        By Voezel

                        from Muscat, OMAN

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Depth of field
                        • Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                        This prime is a must for any four thirds user. The sharpness is sublime, but the depth of filed takes me back to my OM-1 days with my F1.4 lens. Absolutely beautiful. Forget about zoom, just work a bit harder to get that right composition and be amazed. I have coupled this lens with my new OM-E1 and the combo is stellar.
                        The lens does not feature any measure scale, which distracts a bit from its outer beauty. Otherwise fast focus, sharp and a must!
                        One oddity though was that this lens became 20% more expensive two days after I bought it. Not sure if I would have bought it at current price compared to the OM prime at almost half.

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                        4.0

                        Good Lens For The Money

                        By Jsev607

                        from Easton, PA

                        Comments about Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3 Lens:

                        I agonized over the decision on which 50mm equivalent lens I wanted for some time. In an ideal world I would have gotten the 0.95 Voigtlander which is a phenomenal MFT mount lens. However, my budget wouldn't allow it and I opted for the Panasonic lens at 1.4. The low light performance and image quality are very solid for this price point. The build quality isn't going to win any awards, but it's decent construction which is also fairly lightweight (I am not rough on lenses). Overall, if your looking for a decent prime with a decent price you can't go wrong with this lens.

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