Fast and versatile, the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. from Panasonic is a 30mm equivalent wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its bright f/1.7 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also avails greater control over the focus position for shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. Intuitive control over the aperture selection is also possible through the use of the manual aperture ring. In regard to focus, an internal focusing system with a stepping AF motor promotes fast, quiet, and smooth performance. The optical design incorporates three aspherical elements to reduce distortion and spherical aberration for sharper imagery with greater overall clarity. Additionally, a Nano Surface Coating has been applied to lens elements to suppress lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich, color-neutral photos and movies.
- Micro Four Thirds Lens System
- 30mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.7 to f/16
- Three Aspherical Elements
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 Overview
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 Specs
15mm (35mm Equivalent: 30mm)
Micro Four Thirds
|Lens Format Coverage|
Micro Four Thirds
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
7.87" / 20 cm
9 Elements in 7 Groups
46 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
2.26 x 1.42" / 57.4 x 36.07 mm
4.06 oz / 115 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
5 x 4.1 x 4.1"
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 Reviews
Sharp and useful and I love f/1.7
The highest compliment I can pay to any piece of camera gear, and I say it for this lens, is that I *find* reasons to use it. I want to have it mounted and use it. It's quite beautifully sharp. As for the 30mm equiv. focal length, I've always preferred 35mm but this lens has worked out fine. Again, I like the image quality so much that I don't care if it's 30 instead of 35.
15 mm f/1.7 DG Summilux lens
amazing lens i love it
My favorite lens for the DC-G9.
Perfect lens when I am walking around. Love my Leica cameras, but this lens on the DC-G9 is just an enjoyable experience. Never get into the technical side of things, I just enjoy shooting photos.
It should cost more, but don't tell anyone
We generally pay too much for what really pleases us, but this jewel made a big impression on me. It feels, smells, and runs as the F1 of lenses. I compared with the Lumix DC-GX9 for my sketch pad camera and it gives so much joy that some of the photos have become my favorites, especially because I use it in manual mode but just in case for street photography to keep it in my coat pocket—the auto focus is very handy. I often use ND filters and it is very difficult to use the original lens shade so I placed the filter on the Artisan 46 vented hood and now it is a perfect match.
Excellent Prime Lens
I purchased this lens actually to use in model photography in order to provide more background area than what I was normally getting with my 50mm. Used this lens extensively for the first time a few days ago. Very pleased with the images. I can easily foresee this lens being well used.
Great Product and Great Service
I had my eye on the Olympus 17mm lens for some time, but I was able to fit the Leica 15mm into my budget. I couldn’t be more pleased. The build quality is fantastic, and the included hood (metal) was a very nice touch. It’s not a pancake lens, but it is very small. I plan on using this as my “standard” walking around lens on my G9 and its G7 backup. Of course, B&H threw in a nice lens care kit. I’ve never been more pleased with a vendor than B&H.
Overpriced and underwhelming
The build is really nice, the lens hood is cute but not effective. It's not weather sealed at this price. The focus speed is pretty poor and sluggish - on an Olympus OM-5 anyway. The image quality is good but not great, not Leica wow. My underwhelmed impression is increased by the fact that the (awesome) direct aperture control on this Pany lens doesn't function on Oly cameras. C'mon guys. I am huge fan of the 35mm (FF) focal length and somehow find the 28mm dull, this lens as a personal point only, seems to hit 28mm (30mm officially). So overall, there is a lot to like, but not to love. It should have been weather sealed. The aperture ring should work on Oly cameras. The reflections should be better handled by the Leica's magic coating. It's good, not awesome, not worthy of the Leica badge, not worthy of its asking price in the photographer's opinion. I've been so much more impressed by the Pany 35-100 f2.8, 8-16 f2.8-4.0 or Oly 12-40 f2.8. The Pany 25 f1.4 is also really good. All these are a cut above the Pany 15 f1.7. I hope this helps. Get out shooting.
Leica does it again
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH is really a Leica lens. I have many Leica lenses for M cameras and this stacks up well. It's very close to 28mm more so than 35mm. It focuses very fast and accurately. The color is delicious and contrasts very well controlled. Snappy but not overly done. It's very lightweight and for the street, a must-have. The field of view is similar to a 28mm. This gives you a nice comfortable stance. Even at very close focus, very fast focus. Sharpness is excellent. Wide open at f1.7 sharp al;l across the frame. Slight distortion but nothing to be concerned about. At f4.0-5.6, it's amazing and really holds the Leica banner proudly. This is a mush have lens for M43. If you order this, get it from B&H. Here's why. I think about something, then order it from B&H and have it the next day. I can't make a Bar B Que that fast. Be Blessed
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