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PanasonicLUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Nice bokeh (18)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Strong construction (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Low light (17)
  • Night photography (11)
  • Weddings (9)
  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Decent little lens

The main reason for this purchase is to find an everyday fast prime lens that fits my GM1 without any bulkiness. I must admit that I was not impressed with this lens at first...Read complete review

The main reason for this purchase is to find an everyday fast prime lens that fits my GM1 without any bulkiness. I must admit that I was not impressed with this lens at first (I was spoiled by its big brother the NOCTICRON F1.2) so if you are looking for the WOW factor then this lens is not it. Sharpness-wise it is just a tiny bit better than GM1's kit lens but not by much, only more visible toward the edges. Due to the m43 format, bokeh is hard to come by, you have to work and look hard to find them even at F1.7. The color is great, warmer than the GM1 kit lens.

What I do love about this lens is its ability to gather light so the camera can stays in the safe low ISO ranges and picture remains sharp even at F1.7. I do notice chromatic issues in the RAW file with shiny reflective metal objects (please see my sample photo) but non-existent in the same JPG file, more tests are needed.

Overall this is a good lens but if you only shoot RAW then you might want to test it first.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good...not amazing.

It's the only lens of its length and aperture...so if you need it, you need it.

With that being said, focus speed is slower than the Lumix...Read complete review

It's the only lens of its length and aperture...so if you need it, you need it.

With that being said, focus speed is slower than the Lumix 35-100 2.8...it's not ridiculously slow, but I hope it gives a reference.

Pretty sharp...nothing that can't be tweaked in post. But know that I mainly shoot for the web and smaller prints (10x12 or smaller).

What really disappointed me was the corner light fall off and corner distortion, wide open. A prime at this cost?!? Come on Panasonic. I didnt even notice this as much on my 20mm 1.7.

Color and contrast...pretty good! Better than my 20mm 1.7, not as good as my 35-100.

Much love folks!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely love it!

By eatingapples

from New Mexico

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I use this lens on a GX80 camera and much prefer it to my other Lumix 14-140 lens. This lens reminds me of shooting analogue medium format and 35mm where I only have prime lenses... it is well made and has a lovely weight to it.

 
5.0

I recomend

By Keila

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I loved

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very glad I decided to buy it

By Domenico

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

This lens is flawless. In addition to its quality, it's refreshing to be able to set the aperture on the lens out ring. Another nice detail is the AF-MF switch. In the few occasion when you want to use manual focus, it's easy to do it with this lens
This lens became my main lens, it's very good for everything: landscape, low light and even, yes, portrait.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A lens with personality

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

There are plenty of technical reviews of this lens at this point. I'll just say that I'm currently using it on the new Oly Pen-F, I like it. It's sharp enough, it renders in way that is pleasing to me, and the in-between focal length is actually really nice if you like a wide view - though you have to be conscious of the fact that you're past that 35mm (FF) sweet spot when it comes to distortion.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Lens!

By DevinSeven

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

Buying my first lens for my first camera made me constantly hesitant on which lens to buy first especially with money being a factor. I got the recommendation to get the 15mm, and I went with it. Since then, it has been the best decision ever. The pictures I've taken thus far have come out incredible. It's a great overall all purpose lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my favorite m43 lens

By Dominic

from Undisclosed

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Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

i tried a lot of m43 lens and for me this is the best one : small, good built, sharp, color, contrast.  there’s a little bit of Leica in the image it produce. the only thing i miss is the aperture ring that i can’t use on my Oly body.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice image definition

By Richard

from Undisclosed

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

Got this to supplement the Olympus 17mm f1.8 for my Pen f. The images from this lens seem more defined than the 17mm, which seem smoother. Also, the extra image coverage is useful when using the cameras built in perspective adjustments (which uses/reduces captured image area). CA isn't as well contained (software?) and the aperture dial doesn't function, but these trade-offs are worth it. The images are very nice.
It's interesting how Panasonic and Olympus realize images differently. Both good but different characteristics.

(0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Definitely got my money's worth

By Cameraman FrAnk

from Brooklyn NYC

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I'm very happy with the lense, it's light weight and very powerful

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unsurpassed Quality!

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

This is definitely a "top-of-the-line" lens and a wonderful addition to the collection of lenses for my Panasonic Lumix G3. Images are tack-sharp with little or no optical aberrations. This is a highly useful lens for landscape photography.

(1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great lens!

By Michael

from New Jersey

Verified Reviewer

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

Sharp! Light! Leica!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome lens Except....

By buzz

from Atlanta GA.

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • cheesy lens hood

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I would actually give it 4 1/2 stars great lens tack sharp light weight etc etc but... the lens hood is driving me crazy. It has got to be one of the worst as it does not lock on firmly removing the lens i often accidentally unscrew the lens hood. The lens hood plain and simple is to loose and has seemingly gotten worse over time. Poor design is the culprit had it been threaded like my voightlander hood this would not be an issue but the one turn lock sucks.

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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful

By Nathanfx

from Jersey City, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

I've studied this lens from a far for a long time. Finally I rented it and spent some time with it. I've struggled to find a 35mm equivalent I felt strong about. You can tell It's tough to develop a wide lens for a smaller sensor. I've read in the comments about it's not sharp, that it has vignetting. After Importing what I shot from this lense into Lightroom I can say..There isn't a detail that this lens misses. It's not Olympus 45 sharp, more like Panasonic Leica 25 mm. This lens definitely stands up to the creamy sharpness you get out of the 25mm. I never really noticed the vignetting, nor was it an issue. Images are clean, crisp, vibrant. This will defiantly be my next lens. Even though It's slightly wider than I would like, I've been very happy with this lens.

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  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leica Summilux 15mm F/1.7 lens - Great little lens

By Ray Smukkles

from NH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Tiny Lens With Big Perfor

Cons

  • None Yet

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

Primary lens on my Lumix GM1. This is the sweetest mini-camera package. It is tiny but with big capabilities.

The manual aperture and focus on this lens make for a rewarding shooting experience. No frustrations in handling. I use the lens hood most of the time.

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  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp Lens. Nice Field of View

By MN Photog

from MN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

    I had the Oly 17 1.8 which was a fine lens but as I tend to shoot wide, it was often just not wide enough. The 15 has a solid build and edge to edge sharpness stopped down and nearly as good wide open. Here's something to consider - I compared an identical scene shot with the PL15 alongside the P12-32 both at f4 (which is as wide as the 12-32 gets at that FL) and the differences were slight - oh maybe a touch more contrast with the PL15, and a hair better in the corners, but really pretty close. But the advantage of going to f1.7 can't be overlooked, particularly indoors when you are trying to keep the ISO from climbing. I just like primes and I like the build so for me the cost was worth it.

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    • No

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wide open Wide

    By Hawck

    from South Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

      Great images. Easy to use. Works well with all my Lumix cameras...old and new.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Sharp Lens

      By Buzz

      from Atlanta Georgia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

        I bought this lens for its wideness,speed and sharpness to use on my Panasonic GH4 when i am using my DJI Ronin M. So far it has delivered beautiful images just as I wanted.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Sharp Wide/Normal Lens

        By LandL

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

          Great lens for the GM5. Nice and compact, great optics, sharp, and perfect for scenic/street photography. Now I can carry a tiny camera that takes great pictures and with an aperture of F1.7 can create a shallow depth of field.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fast AF with great image rendition

          By Kev

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Great Image Rendition
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No OIS

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

          This lens is has extremely fast AF on my panasonic G7. Couple with Depth of Defocus, this special AF will only work on specific Panasonic Bodies. However, I hear it's also fast on Olympus cameras.

          The aperture is wide enough to get some bokeh separation for half body shots. However, do not expect miracles since this is only a 15mm f1.7 on a four thirds sensor.

          Color and image rendition is fantastic. Wide open this is sharp, though it gets much sharper when stopped down peaking at f4.

          Having the aperture on the front end of the lens is a nice touch which means I can customize my wheels to something else. There is also a convenient manual focus switch that overrides the camera's focus settings.

          The manual focus ring is buttery smooth and makes manual focus during video a breeze. This is certainly a top 4/3 wide angle prime. If it's in your budget, than I would recommend it, otherwise go for the cheaper 20mm 1.7 which is considerably tighter.

          Build quality is top notch. It's light, small, and delivers excellent overall image rendition.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          sharp , compact , metal lens barrel and mount

          By George

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

            Only drawback is that the F-stop ring does not work on Olympus OMD5

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Lens

            By One Happy Shutterbug

            from San Francisco

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Distortion

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens (Black):

            I didn't give it a 5 star simply because there is still some noticeable distortion, especially when the suject is less than four feet away and near the edge of the covered area.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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