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PanasonicLUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 68 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Consistent output (24)
  • Easily interchangeable (23)
  • Nice bokeh (23)
  • Strong construction (20)

Cons

  • Slow focus (15)

Best Uses

  • Low light (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night photography (20)
  • Video (17)
  • Weddings (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easily A Go To Lens

I got this lens because I was tired of using my old Canon 50mm 1.8 lens and micro four-thirds adapter for my GH4 and needed a compatible lens that would let me adjust my aperture...Read complete review

I got this lens because I was tired of using my old Canon 50mm 1.8 lens and micro four-thirds adapter for my GH4 and needed a compatible lens that would let me adjust my aperture since I was unable to do so with my adapter for my GH4. I must say though, this lens is definitely more than worth getting! What sold me was the speed having an aperture of 1.7 which is slightly faster than my Canon at 1.8 and what makes me love this lens even more is the auto-focus feature that it has. I normally do video work with my camera but I found myself taking more and more pictures once I purchased this lens. It produces great bokeh wide open all while still remaining pretty sharp. I'd recommend this lens to any videographer/photographer who needs a "go to" lens for all of their projects and even professionals who are looking to add a 20mm to their arsenal of glass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slow focus

This is a great lens for indoor photography. Nice small lens, good field of view, excellent construction and image quality is sharp. Unfortunately this lens focuses very slow. The Olympus Zuiko lenses...Read complete review

This is a great lens for indoor photography. Nice small lens, good field of view, excellent construction and image quality is sharp. Unfortunately this lens focuses very slow. The Olympus Zuiko lenses all have blazing fast and silent focus. Not so with Panasonic. Something about the design, it hunt for focus with every shot. Even if you focus and lock in on the subject. If you refocus again it will bring it out of focus and lock in again. This is not a good lens if there is a lot of action as could occur with many indoor event photography. It is usable, but the 17mm Zuiko is probably a much better lens. I may sell this one to get that.

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5.0

Nice!

By El Tuerto

from FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

Compact lens with smooth manual focus, and surprisingly fast AF with the E-M5! Olympus lens is a tiny bit faster, but this Panasonic is sharp! This lens is quite descent wide open, but great from f4-f8, and 8 is at its best.

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5.0

No because i havé One dont need Two .... But totaly recomman

By Paulo

from Quebec canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

For the price it's exacly what i Want

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5.0

Incredible Lens

By Jake

from Houston, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean

Best Uses

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

Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

Bought this in conjunction with the Lumix GX7 camera body and am thrilled with it. In addition to being a great lens, I enjoyed how the format changed the way I photographed in general. You have to get up much closer to your subject, and actually interact with it. It's par for the course given the lens type, but I particularly enjoyed it and I think that it made me a better photographer because ofit.

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4.0

Great beginner/budget prime lens

By Joey

from Washington, DC

Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

I got this to use with my Lumix G7 and haven't used the kit lens since I got it. This lens is wide enough with a low enough f to reduce shake and perform well in low light. Great beginner/intermediate prime lens for the price.

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5.0

Small, lightweight

By Ballerina Photographer

from San Diego

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
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

    Adorable lens - small, lightweight, nice bokeh

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    5.0

    Sharp and fast

    By Gearing up

    from NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

      Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

      Just used this lens for 1080 video as a stationary angle in a low light church on a GH4 body. Capture of detail and sharpness much better than the main video camera used (Panasonic AGAC90). No focus drifting. Exposure at 1/60 3.5 ISO 2400 and still great sharpness (corner to corner) and shadow detail without much graininess. Semi-wide angle framed entire front of church from 60 feet away. Thought of getting the pricier 15mm Lumix Summilux, but think this is a good call. Once I get into 4K the cropping and sharpness will enhance the value of the 40mm tremendously. Very reasonable price and fast shipping a plus, plus, plus.

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      5.0

      Extremely Sharp

      By Jim

      from Milwaukee, WI

      Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

      I purchased this lens for use with a recent purchase of the black magic micro cinema camera.

      I expected the lens to be sharp, just as all of the reviews say, but what I didn't expect was this incredible focus ring.

      It's not the distance throw of a true Cine lens, but a far enough throw that you can attach a gear to the ring, and a focus control on your rods, and obtain cinematic focus points.

      If you're doing film work with the micro or pocket cinema camera, don't expect this lens to fit all your needs. You'll rarely get a decent shot on a car mount because this lens is just not wide enough at the 2.8 crop.

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      5.0

      Great in low light

      By Mark

      from Mullica Hill NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

      Works well in low light and seems like nice quality for the price.

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      5.0

      Compact, light, fast, sharp prime

      By Micro 4/3 shooter

      from Wilton, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

        I use this lens as my default, throw in the bag when space is of the utter importance. For impromptu indoor pics, this is the way to go. The 1.7 aperture focuses in super low light. Bokeh is nice, and images are sharp. 20mm on micro 4/3 is a very useful length. Not too wide, but not too cropped either.

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        5.0

        Must have for m43

        By Njhiker43

        from NJ

        Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

        I am new to the m43 world. I have shot canon for years from film to digital with my main camera and lens combo a 5d3 and 35L. Got a g7 for a smaller family camera and for the video capabilities. This is a perfect camera. Super sharp. Quick. Good color. Oh and super small. If you have a m43 camera, this is a must own lens.

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        5.0

        Great little prime

        By Mario

        from Palm Beach Gardens

        Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

        Nice lens for the price! Sharp too!

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        4.0

        Great lens!

        By Kyle

        from Massachusetts

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          A very sharp sharp lens with great build quality! focus is a little slow

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          4.0

          Great little lens!

          By C__mcbride

          from New York, NY

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          Perfect lens for everyday use and street photography. Very light weight and looks great on my LUMIX G7. The low light capabilities are a little slow in auto focus but when using Manuel focus the lens produce high quality night shots.

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          4.0

          Small fast lens

          By Frostback

          from Edmonton, Alberta

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          For low light (under forest canopy and evenings) this lens is great. As others have observed, the auto focus is slow. I would say phlegmatic, but it ends up spot on. I really like this all metal lens for indoor use because we are in an era of real time composition the later cropping. This is the lense for you if you have the pixels to work with. I shoot at higher resolution as a result. YMMV.

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          4.0

          Fast But Slow

          By Required Field

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Silver):

          I use this lens for mostly video but for casual photography as well.
          I'd like to say I only shoot video in controlled environments with proper lighting but I find myself doing "run and gun" video as well (especially for coverage). This is where the F1.7 aperture comes in handy. Everyone knows M 4/3's doesn't handle low light very well and fast lenses are a necessity for those sensors.
          Speaking of "run and gun", this lens doesn't have Panasonic's excellent O.I.S. but if you use a tripod and/or stabilization rig then you wont miss it too much for video. As for photography, low light shots with slower shutter speeds might be affected by hand-shakeyness if you aren't steady.
          The 20mm (40mm equivalent) is a nice useful focal length and great for indoor shooting but works great for street photography as well.
          Which brings me to the biggest con of this lens. The lens is quite slow to focus - especially in low light. This isn't a huge deal for me because I use manual focus for the most part for video. But photographers with fast moving subjects might have some complaints. My last con would be that it's minimum focusing distance is a bit far for this focal length.

          Overall This lens is an amazing value. It's made in Japan and has a solid build quality. And of course, being M 4/3's, it is small enough to fit in any camera bag collection... And looks great on the camera too!

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          4.0

          Old Reliable

          By Texan

          from New Braunfels, Tx.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          A favorite I had replaced a few years back, glad to have it back. A little slow and noisy but love the results.

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          4.0

          Great lens for the money

          By Uncle Trency

          from Albany, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          Great lens for my filmmaking needs. It's compact and at 1.7, it's fast enough for light challenged locations. It is important that any perspective buyer understands that the auto focus is slow. Very very slow. It's great if you lock your camera down on sticks, but run and gun is a challenge.

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          5.0

          awesome

          By Al

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          Slightly larger than I expected (still small and quite portable with a micro 4/3), but the picture quality is amazing! Would definitely recommend

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          5.0

          Best value pancake lens

          By Wayne of House Angry

          from Brooklyn

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          This pancake lens is a terrific value and quality lens for a more versatile and lightweight photography experience. Great for your kit for travels, portraiture or staging the perfect fixed lens shot.

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          5.0

          excellent!

          By Martin

          from Canada

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black):

          excellent!

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