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

(based on 36 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Easily interchangeable (12)
  • Nice bokeh (12)

Cons

  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (24)
  • Night photography (14)
  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Video (8)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

F1.7 and compact - Great combination

I've never used the first version of this lens, so I can't compare them, but I did compare this one to the Oly 17mm f1.8 on my Pen E-P3. I only use autofocus,...Read complete review

I've never used the first version of this lens, so I can't compare them, but I did compare this one to the Oly 17mm f1.8 on my Pen E-P3. I only use autofocus, so I much prefer the pancake size of this lens to the Oly (the Oly lets you pull the focus ring toward you to switch to manual focus - a neat trick). I know there have been complaints about the autofocus on version 1 of this lens. What I've discovered on this one is that it has a real problem autofocusing on horizontal contrast. On vertical or multi contrast points the focus quickly snaps into place. This isn't a problem for me; I only use the center focus point, I point at what I want to focus on, focus, and recompose, which is how I've been focusing for 35 years. The Oly definitely focuses a little faster, but not enough to make a difference to my shots. I prefer this focal length for people shots, I prefer the smaller size, it's a little cheaper, and I can't discern any difference in picture quality (but you may be pickier than I). This is the lens that will live on my camera.

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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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4.0

Great for low light

By Robert

from Brandon, MS

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Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I bought this lens to use on my GX7 along with the 14-140mm zoom. The two strong advantages over the zoom for me are its weight and light gathering. Between its lighter weight and shorter length, I hardly feel it around my neck or shoulder. It also will slip easily into a coat pocket. At f/1.7 its almost 3 stops faster than the zoom. The difference is being able to shoot at ISO400 instead of 3200. At 400, I can make a beautiful 16x20 print. At 3200 I just can't clean up the noise.

    There are many reviews that talk about the sharpness of this lens and I have found that to be true in low light. But in good bright light, outdoors during the day, I frankly see very little difference in sharpness between it and the zoom. Actually there is very little difference in sharpness between these two lens and the 14-43mm kit lens that came on the GX7. It could be that the GX7 simply can't take advantage of the resolution of the 20mm f/1.7. That said, if you have a GX7 buy it for low light, not for greater resolution.

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    5.0

    Great Picture

    By Kris

    from Lubbock, TX

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      I like the small size and especially the crisp pictures. Great Lens!

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      5.0

      Always Surprises Me

      By ibmradio.

      from Clyde, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

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

        I go through phases when other lenses are on my GH4 camera, but every time I put the 20mm back on, it amazes me with it's sharpness and versatility.
        Love it's size and performance.

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        5.0

        Great for low light indoor settings

        By Geebz

        from Asheville, NC

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

        I needed a good lense for indoor video and this lense is the perfect native for my GH4.

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        5.0

        Excellent compact lens

        By Ed

        from Boulder, CO

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          The Lumix 20mm f/1.7 is a sharp yet tiny lens that I use as my primary lens with an Olympus OM-D E-M10. The lens support Olympus's S-AF/MF, where turning the lumix's focus ring will override the camera's autofocus. The focusing is smooth and easy on both autofocus and manual focus mode. I chose this primarily because of photozone.de's fantastic review, and the lens certainly lives up to the hype. The E-M10 + Lumix 20mm combo makes for a very compact system good for street or nighttime photography.

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By dhaerinck

          from Quebec City, Canada

          About Me Casual Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Easy to get a blurry background with a cristal clear foreground with this lens. Nothing to complain so far (only had it or 3 weeks).

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              4.0

              Great image quality, slow AF

              By bunmun

              from Charleston, SC

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Small size

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Street photography

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

              I was drawn to this lens mainly because of the fast aperture and the small size. I wanted a lens that I could keep on the body while in my messenger bag, so that I could pull it out and take shots quickly. The kit 14-42mm made it too big for my bag.The image quality is great. Good sharpness and color saturation. The only downside is that the AF is noticeably slow. I only have the kit 14-42mm to compare it to.The Olympus 17mm f1.8 was the only other lens I considered, but I went with the Panasonic mainly for it's slightly smaller size.

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              4.0

              Great optics, slow autofocus for stills

              By RCP

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

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

                As others have noted, the autofocus is very slow for stills, at least on Olympus bodies. I had on an EM5 but returned for the Olympus 25mm 1.8.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By cardmd

                from New York

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Awesome lens for the new Lumix GX7 that I bought as a gift for my wife. This is the lens that you should buy for this camera. Good quality pictures. No complaints. Highly recommend.

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                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    Slow focus

                    By summer solstice

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

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

                    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

                    Quality Purchase

                    By Thebestbobthateverbobbed

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I bought this lens as one of my start out lenses for my Panasonic GH4. For the price, I found this lens to be a perfect fast prime lens to start out with until I have the money to buy more expensive lenses. It is unbelievably tiny, very fast, and a solid focal length.

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                      5.0

                      BRIGHT and CRISP

                      By Ed

                      from St. Louis, MO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

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

                        Connected to the GX7, this is fantastic street camera, fast and bright. Great in low light. I am new to the 4/3 format and loving the compact size of the pancake lenses.

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                        5.0

                        As great as the reviews say it is

                        By MistahVega

                        from Gainesville, GA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          As great as the reviews say it is, good price for great MFT lens. Improvement over version 1.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Good but a tiny bit soft in the corners

                          By Luca

                          from Mountain View, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Corner Sharpness

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

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

                          This lens is light and quite bright. However, it is a tiny bit soft in the corners for my taste. Compared with Four-Third lenses 14-54 and 50mm fixed, this lens is somewhat less sharp in the corners. It is quite sharp in the center, even full open. So it is a great lens for portraiture, but not quite for low-light landscape photography.

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                          4.0

                          an excellent fast pancake

                          By Mark from NYC

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video

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

                            I use the lens for video with GH4, and I would not mind having the option of image stabilization. Since it is functionally 40mm (2x crop on MFT)it is very useful everyday lens. Very light and small, and you can get very nice shallow depth of field at f 1.7

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                            4.0

                            fantastic lens, good value.

                            By swede

                            from Northern Minnesota

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I bought this lens to use on my omd em-5, specifically for travelling/tourism, replacing my 12-50mm kit lens.
                                  This lens is sharp and compresses well. I used mostly primes back with my D-SLRs and am happy to be back at it with this lens/body combo.

                                  not 5 stars due to it's slightly slow auto-focus. I found a few situations where it hunted a bit and is not too quick in it's search.

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                                  2.0

                                  small with decent optics, but AF is slow

                                  By Jacob

                                  from OK

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Noisy
                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                  Optically, this lens is okay, but not really much different than other m43 prime lens with a similar focal length. However, this lens is very small (not that the others are large).

                                  By current standards, the autofocus on this lens is extremely slow, not unlike a macro lens. If you can live with slow AF this lens is okay. This lens is also noisy during operation.

                                  For general use where focus speed matters, the Olympus 17mm f1.8 and 25mm f1.8 lenses (I own both) are much better lenses.

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                                  5.0

                                  Small and fast

                                  By DRB

                                  from IL

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                                    Nice small and fast lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    Must have lens

                                    By Stillwater

                                    from Portland, OR

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                      This is a great lens for indoor shooting. Perfect for candid shots of friends and family in or out of doors. Fast enough for action shots and very, very clear. Another great thing is that it is so small and light. Perfect and a must have.

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                                      5.0

                                      Outstanding Moderate Wide-Angle Lens

                                      By Duffer

                                      from Michigan

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Size
                                      • Sharp images

                                      Cons

                                      • No lens hood available

                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                      This is a first class lens for MFT users. I already own the fine Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens, and needed a second lens in this range for my wife's E-P5. In a back to back comparison using my E-M1 (tripod and self-timer), the Lumix lens is noticeably sharper throughout the range of f-stops, when viewed at 100% on screen. No "chatter" during focusing was noticed on either body. Perhaps the Lumix is a bit slower at focusing, but not significantly so.

                                      Pancake size is appreciated by my wife. Slightly tighter field of view on the Lumix should be considered by all, and its lack of a focusing scale may be an issue for some advanced photographers.

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