Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 85mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.7 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Stepping AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 overview

  • 1Description

A standard portrait-length prime, the Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. from Panasonic is an 85mm-equivalent lens designed for the Micro Four Thirds system of mirrorless cameras. One aspherical element is incorporated within the optical design, which helps to control spherical aberrations and distortions for enhanced sharpness and accurate rendering. The f/1.7 maximum aperture is particularly beneficial for selective focus imagery, and also aids shooting in low-light conditions. Further cementing its place as a versatile tool for portraiture, the rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth out-of-focus quality when making shallow depth of field photos and movies.

Complementing the optical attributes is a fast stepping AF motor and internal focus design, which provides smooth, quiet, and responsive focusing performance for intuitive handling. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) also benefits hand-held use by compensating for the effect of camera shake for sharper imagery.

Prime 42.5mm portrait-length lens provides an 85mm equivalent focal length with Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Fast f/1.7 maximum aperture enables extensive control over focus position and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
One aspherical element helps to reduce spherical aberrations for greater sharpness and clarity.
Stepping AF motor and internal focus design provides smooth and quiet focusing performance and functions at a 240 fps signal transfer rate for fast, responsive use.
POWER O.I.S. minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper hand-held shooting.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth out-of-focus quality when working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.
All-metal lens barrel and bayonet mount offers durability and rigidity.
UPC: 885170238008
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Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Lumix G Lenses
  • Storage Bag
  • Decoration Ring
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 specs

    Focal Length 42.5mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on Micro Four Thirds Format Focal Length: 85 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.7
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.02' / 31 cm
    Magnification 0.2x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 37 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.17 x 1.97" / 55 x 50 mm
    Weight 4.59 oz / 130 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 3.2 x 3.2"

    Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 reviews

    Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 77.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for portrait. Use it on E-M5 mk.1 for 7 days&nights at Khumbhmela Festival through the dust, dirt, rain, fierce sun, night light, and millions of people of the fest. Every grams of weight that you have to carry with, counted. Unlike those big lenses which interfere every activities immediately, its smallness rarely call no one's attention. So fast AF enough to capture every moments. Also relatively bright that can thows away that offensive flash light. The coating is so great that almost no flare seen even shooting against the sun. Add to its mild tele, the result is 2,000+ pictures from this lens alone. Four pictures already been sold. Not just for portrait. It now replaces my 60/2.8 macro and 45/1.8.
    Date published: 2015-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Happy I have owned the Olympus 45mm for almost 2 years and have been very happy with the quality, but recently started to have some electrical issues between the GH4 and the Olympus. Not sure of the cause, but am working on a couple of projects right now that I can't have a questionable fast medium telephoto lens. When Panasonic ran the recent sale, I purchased one as a backup. I have been completely satisfied with the optical quality, quick and silent focusing. Again, I was not dissatisfied with the Olympus, but have really fallen in love with this newer design with optical stabilization.
    Date published: 2015-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great things come in small packages The 42.5mm is a� great compact lightweight lens with amazing good performance.� I use this with the GX85.� For me, it's more than just a portrait lens.� With the GX85, AF speed is amazing fast and accurate for stills, the Dual IS allows for hand held bursting while panning fast.� And does smooth hand held video panning.� The Bokeh is excellent, and it can close focus less than a foot.� �� �The only cons of this lens is the focus by wire.� That makes MF difficult while shooting video, but that's expected for a compact lens.� But for stills, it works great.��Nevertheless, a diverse lens with amazing optical quality.� I have no photos to share here, but you can see how the lens performs in my "LAS VEGAS" 4K video on YouTube.
    Date published: 2018-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly sharp! I recently purchased a Olympus Zuiko 75mm f1.8 (as part of the portarit kit), but after trying out the lens, the 75mm just feel sluggish and did not focus where I point to (on the E-M5 MkII screen). I got about 1 usable photo out of 5 or 6. Thinking maybe this is a defective copy, I returned the kit (along with the 45mm), and purchase the Panasonic 42.5mm instead. It arrived and I can't wait to try it out. I find the focus speed of the 42.5mm to be really quick. The focus is super responsive and tack sharp. The boken is still really good (probably second to the 75mm). Looks like I will be keeping the 42.5mm and not think about the portrait kit anymore. Oh well.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, light lens. Plastic with a metal mount, very lightweight and small. I chose this over the heavier, larger, better constructed, brighter and much more expensive 1.2 version of this focal length in keeping with my mirrorless philosophy of keep it light and small. I take my micro four- thirds gear with me when I travel. The lens has image stabilization built- in. It's always on on Panasonic bodies (no switch to disable it) and my understanding is that on Olympus bodies, the stabilization is automatically disabled in favor of the in-body stabilization (this info based on a couple of forums I checked out while researching this lens). I'm happy with the performance- though I haven't obsessed over sharpness- the images look sharp to my eye at 100%, quick/silent focusing, decent price, built-in IS, all around a good buy for the micro four thirds platform.
    Date published: 2016-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent M4/3 Lens This lens is tiny but looks right on the GH2. OIS was the reason for getting this lens because I do use the camera more for video than stills. And it doesn't disappoint. Auto focus is very fast, however manual focus is all over the place depending on how quickly you turn the focus ring. Great for close-up photography. Produces sharp photos and video. Other reason for review was tired of looking at the freaky doll sample photo.
    Date published: 2015-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive little lens Recieved this from B&H 2 days ago. The form factor and what it can do is just amazing! It adds almost zero weight to my gear load and yet I can do so much more with it. I'm also enjoying the quasi-macro capability of the lens. Autofocus is quick and can almost lock on target except for some really low contrast situation. Impressive! The lens hood is a great addition to the package, though i wish they would have supplied a hood-cap like the 15mm PanaLeica. Manual focusing ring is nice and has well dampen. Built quality is very good but not as impressive as the 15mm PanaLeica. The OIS is very effective and I could do some seriously steady footages with my GH4. Very solid still. I'm building my MU43 system and this is my second lens. I'm hoping that the new 25mm f1.7 will be as good as this one to complete my trinity primes.
    Date published: 2015-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Portrait lens! I was really excited when I saw the annoucement of this lens. Finally some competition to Olympus's 45mm 1.8 lens but with an huge added bonus, Image Stabilization! This was a surprise as this has similar features to Panasonic's most expensive lens, the 42.5mm F1.2 O.I.S but for 1/4 of the price. I really wanted to see how this compares to both the Olympus 45mm 1.8 and the expensive F1.2 from Panasonic so I set up some tests and was VERY impressed. This lens is slightly sharper in the center and quite a bit sharper in the corners compared to the Olympus at the same price while also including O.I.S. They F1.2 is sharper but not by that much and only visible when pixel peeping. Another big surprise was the minimum focusing distance. This is getting close to being a macro lens, much closer that you can get with the Olympus 45mm 1.8 or Panasonic's F1.2. I would strongly suggest this lens if you need something in the focal length. If you want to see my testing you can look up Max Yuryev 42.5mm on Youtube and you'll find my detailed comparison along with downloads to check out raw images comparison images/video for yourself. Pick this lens up you won't be disappointed!
    Date published: 2015-08-30
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