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

(based on 194 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (136)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (129)
  • Consistent output (104)
  • Lightweight (96)
  • Easily interchangeable (86)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (138)
  • Night photography (95)
  • Weddings (71)
  • Landscape/scenery (62)
  • Video (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (84), Semi-pro photographer (38), Casual photographer (20), Pro photographer (12), Enthusiast (10)
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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

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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    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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          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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