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

(based on 197 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (139)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (131)
  • Consistent output (106)
  • Lightweight (98)
  • Easily interchangeable (88)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (141)
  • Night photography (97)
  • Weddings (72)
  • Landscape/scenery (64)
  • Video (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (85), Semi-pro photographer (40), Casual photographer (20), Pro photographer (12), 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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Maybe just me

I was very excite with this lens after ordering it, once it got to my home, I put it on my gh1 to try it out. The focus is kind slow somehow, also...Read complete review

I was very excite with this lens after ordering it, once it got to my home, I put it on my gh1 to try it out. The focus is kind slow somehow, also during the focusing process I have noticed it seems not be able to lock on the subject, shaky at best. I did notice a lot of grinding noise when use auto focus with this lens.

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5.0

Performs like a leica

By Vidar

from Norway

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Focus by wire
  • No aperture ring
  • Noisy Operation On Some C
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

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

This is my favourite lens on olympys omd em10. The IQ is very similar to leitz 28 2,8 R. An extra bonus is 1,4 apperature and a half decent autofocus.
It has some quirks. On olympuses the camera has to be adjusted right ( try google search). If not it makes rattlesnake sounds an autofocuses slow. The sun shade is enormous,so I replaced it with a chinese vented one which works great. If you only get on mft lens,this is the one.

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5.0

Can't Complain!

By glitchfactor

from St. Louis, MO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • 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'm fairly new to documentary film making and in particular, the M43 format. I needed something quite fast to compensate for the low light issues of GH4. This lens met all my criteria. Looks good, does what it needs to!

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    5.0

    Fabulous lens

    By kimww

    from IN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    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
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This lens is light, sharp, quick, bright. I can't say enough good things about it. I had to order an ND for it though, to shoot video at 50th shutter speed in bright sunlight. All I needed was one stop so a 0.3 ND was perfect. (I uploaded sample photos and now see my exposure compensation needs to be reset back to 0 now that I have a ND filter) Both photos shot without the ND.

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      5.0

      Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Micro 4/3 by Panasonic

      By Greg G

      from State College, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Great walk around lens, fast focus and fast aperture, color saturation very Leica like. Designed by Leica and Panasonic built in Japan makes for an excellent lens at an affordable price.

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lens

        By Ron

        from Niagara Falls, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I purchased it for video reasons, but for portraits as well.

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          4.0

          Slightly better than the 14-45mm zoom

          By Richie the rider

          from Aiken, SC- horse capital of the state

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Compact Form

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I read great things about this lens, so I got a used one on eBay. I thought that it would have considerably better resolution and clairty than my current 14-45mm zoom lens. I took test photos from both lenses, with the zoom lens set at 25 mm. And both lenses were set in the neighborhood of f/4. I then zoomed in on the photos on iPhoto, and I was surprised to find that the Leica lens was just slightly better than the 14-45 mm lens.

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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

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              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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              (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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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                    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                        (16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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