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

(based on 27 reviews)

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92%

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Pros

  • Lightweight (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Nice bokeh (11)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)
  • Consistent output (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (19)
    • Night photography (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding Moderate Wide-Angle Lens

    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...Read complete review

    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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    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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    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

    Verified Buyer

    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

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      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

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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          3.0

          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

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          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

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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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                      5.0

                      Small with great IQ,

                      By Pete

                      from Iowa city

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

                      Bought for my pana gm1. Perfect match. Very good all around and low light.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent M43 Fast Prime

                      By ExMachina

                      from Falls Church, Va

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

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

                        Picked this up at a steep discount when I bought by Lumix GX7 and am really glad I did. The lens seems very sharp with very little distortion. I'm super-please with it, and now understand why so many rave about this lens.

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                        5.0

                        Nice lens for narrow depth of field

                        By Landy

                        from Plano, TX

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

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

                          This is a really nice lens for narrow depth of field which is why I bought it. The f stop goes down to 1.7. Better than the original lens kit I purchased for my Lumix GH2. An added benefit turned out to be that it is very light and small so it is great for whipping out the camera for those quick shots. So, not as cumbersome as the longer 14-140 lens. The downside is of course, it has no zoom. But to get a shallow depth of field for a 4 thirds camera like the Lumix that would have zoom capabilities one would spend $[$]instead of the $[$]that I paid (best price I could find, actually. Thanks B&H!). If you are looking for a zoom lens with a low f stop of .95 for a 4 thirds camera look at this lens at B&H PHOTO: Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds CamerasIt gets AMAZING reviews. .95 f stop is insane! It will be bigger and bulkier than the one I got but it seems like for the price it can't be beat. If I had a grand in the budget I would definitely have gotten the Voigtlander Nokton. I'm very happy with my purchase, though. Shallow depth of field is good for me at this moment for taking pics of my son around the house where I don't want the background in focus. I just have to walk a little closer to the subject because of the lack of zoom. Still, for me it isn't a big deal.It's also great in low light situations!

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                          3.0

                          fatally flawed for dark night photos

                          By ny ny

                          from ny ny

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

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

                            Recently bought a GM1. In many ways the 20mm f1.7 is the perfect lens for it. It keeps the size small and is a very flexible focal length. In most situations, the lens performs really well. However, in very low light, the 20mm f1.7 has a terrible flaw. Black areas of the photo will often show terrible bands/stripes. The issue is thoroughly discussed in many micro 4/3rds forums and can happen with many micro 4/3rds cameras. It doesn't always happen, it may depend on what kind of lighting is around. If you don't shoot in very low light, you may never notice it, but if you do, you'll eventually find many of your dark photos basically ruined by totally unacceptable banding.

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                            5.0

                            great lens

                            By gulka

                            from LA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

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

                            This is fantastic lens, and the price from B&H was a steal... I am joking, paid around[$]$...great lens for Panasonic GH3, super sharp, super fast, small....

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                            5.0

                            Sharp bright little lens

                            By Joe

                            from Madison WI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I haven't had this lens for long, but so far it's been working great on my E-P3. The camera/lens combo thing is a tidy little package that has done great in poor to marginal to excellent lighting.

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                              5.0

                              Essential Lens

                              By Red Cape Studio

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                This was the first m43 lens I bought (version 1) to use with my GH2 and recently bought version II to go with my GX7. It is my most used lens and turns out to be an excellent all around lens. It is remarkably small and lightweight, has excellent optical properties and the focal length works for a wide range of subject matter. It is wide and fast enough to shoot indoors and works equally well outdoors where its rendering quality is marvelous. I am consistently surprised and happy with the results even after three years.

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                                4.0

                                excellent everyday carry lens.

                                By Feels Naked Without a Camera.

                                from Vancouver, British Columbia.

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  Just tried it out at a company Christmas party with the GX1. Quite unobtrusive less overstated as than my former DSLR with it's standard prime.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good as the older 20mm + made of metal.

                                  By CLEVELANDJOHN

                                  from Cleveland Ohio

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    I have had 2 of the order 20mm in the past and they were great. After getting the new GX7 I realized I missed the 20mm so sold the kit lens ( very good lens ) in favor of the smaller silver 20mm. It matches the camera it makes the camera smaller and It will fit the leather case thats on my wish list.

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