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PanasonicLUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. Lens (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (23)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Consistent output (24)
  • Easily interchangeable (23)
  • Nice bokeh (23)
  • Strong construction (20)

Cons

  • Slow focus (15)

Best Uses

  • Low light (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night photography (20)
  • Video (17)
  • Weddings (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easily A Go To Lens

I got this lens because I was tired of using my old Canon 50mm 1.8 lens and micro four-thirds adapter for my GH4 and needed a compatible lens that would let me adjust my aperture...Read complete review

I got this lens because I was tired of using my old Canon 50mm 1.8 lens and micro four-thirds adapter for my GH4 and needed a compatible lens that would let me adjust my aperture since I was unable to do so with my adapter for my GH4. I must say though, this lens is definitely more than worth getting! What sold me was the speed having an aperture of 1.7 which is slightly faster than my Canon at 1.8 and what makes me love this lens even more is the auto-focus feature that it has. I normally do video work with my camera but I found myself taking more and more pictures once I purchased this lens. It produces great bokeh wide open all while still remaining pretty sharp. I'd recommend this lens to any videographer/photographer who needs a "go to" lens for all of their projects and even professionals who are looking to add a 20mm to their arsenal of glass.

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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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5.0

good inexpensive lens

By Luz

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp and fast..... small and sturdy

 
5.0

Excellent portrait and carry around lens.

By Pamela

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I like this lens as a carry around when shooting indoors when I am already close to objects. It also makes for a great portrait lens. I do not get any distortion unless I am shooting at an angle extremely up close. Focus is sharp and the images are clear, even in low light.

 
5.0

Real Good Lens

By William

from Undisclosed

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

This is one of my favorite lenses. I use it mostly for indoors on my GH1 / GH2 / GH4 and the quality is great.

 
4.0

An excellent choice for street photography

By Ron

from Undisclosed

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

This is a very good, fast, prime lens for walking around and general street photography.  This lens very closely matches how I see the World around me.  The angle of view is a little wide, but, for most purposes, it delivers a very "normal" perspective.  Small, light, and inconspicuous this lens is a great option when you want to capture scenes around you without being too obvious.  Resolution is very good wide open as well as when stopped down.

This lens is sharp and focuses easily on my Olympus EM-10 II.  While not exactly a macro lens, you can still focus very close to the subject and using the lens wide-open, isolate the plane of focus very effectively.  To me this lens is best when used wide-open, as this is where the particular features of this lens stand out, stopping it down to get greater depth of field will definitely deliver a sharp, clear, image, but, you will lose the impact of the shallow depth of field.

Definitely a good value.

 
5.0

Lumix 20 mm f 1.7 lens

By Jacques

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good quality lens for the price Very happy

 
4.0

Very good for the price.

By Conner

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Incredible image quality, very crisp, and very compact. I put this on my Lumix g7, and I love it. The ONLY downside (which it could be a big one for filmmakers) is the noise from the focus motor. I don't use autofocus when I am working on video projects, but if you are, it may be a problem.

 
5.0

Great lens.

By Jon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome. Be sure to buy an ND filter.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product

By Sergioalberto

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent

 
5.0

Exxcellent

By Conor

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent value, this will be a lens that follows me everywhere due to to it's versatility and low profile. Great for street photography, indoor shots/low light, portraits & lifestyle/detail shots. Beautiful bokeh & transitions.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Value for money

By surfed

from Iquitos, Peru

Verified Buyer

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

This is a replacement for the series I lens i had that unfortunately got fungus growing inside of it (I live in a tropical environment and lenses have a short life span for me). That I purchased it again should say all. Great low light performance for indoor shots.

 
5.0

Buy This Lens

By noname

from boston

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. Got it just after getting a two new Oly cams. Very good indoor lens..

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice Lens for GH4

By Along Ilham

from Brunei Darussalam

Verified Buyer

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

I don't have any comment for this lens, its totally amazing with GH4 and the price also not bad

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Sharp lens! compact. pretty fast focus

By Eldans

from West tawakoni, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is really sharp. I did some astro photography with it and it was sharper than my L series lenses on my 6D. Some have complained about slow focus and on my Olympus EPL-5 it was REALLY slow, but on my GX8, it was pretty fast! NOt as fast as the new 12-60, but still about as fast as the Canon lenses to me anyway! I'm not sure focus speed is a big issue on this since its not really a lens most would use for action photography or birds in flight, but I could see where there might be some situations where fast focus is a must. If so, It seems the newer software on cameras like the GX8 and 85 found a way to speed up the focus! ON othe rcameras its fairly slow, not a deal braker though in my opinion!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice!

By El Tuerto

from FL

Verified Buyer

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

Compact lens with smooth manual focus, and surprisingly fast AF with the E-M5! Olympus lens is a tiny bit faster, but this Panasonic is sharp! This lens is quite descent wide open, but great from f4-f8, and 8 is at its best.

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No because i havé One dont need Two .... But totaly recomman

By Paulo

from Quebec canada

Verified Buyer

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

For the price it's exacly what i Want

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Lens

By Jake

from Houston, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

Bought this in conjunction with the Lumix GX7 camera body and am thrilled with it. In addition to being a great lens, I enjoyed how the format changed the way I photographed in general. You have to get up much closer to your subject, and actually interact with it. It's par for the course given the lens type, but I particularly enjoyed it and I think that it made me a better photographer because ofit.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great beginner/budget prime lens

By Joey

from Washington, DC

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

I got this to use with my Lumix G7 and haven't used the kit lens since I got it. This lens is wide enough with a low enough f to reduce shake and perform well in low light. Great beginner/intermediate prime lens for the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small, lightweight

By Ballerina Photographer

from San Diego

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Adorable lens - small, lightweight, nice bokeh

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    5.0

    Sharp and fast

    By Gearing up

    from NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

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

      Just used this lens for 1080 video as a stationary angle in a low light church on a GH4 body. Capture of detail and sharpness much better than the main video camera used (Panasonic AGAC90). No focus drifting. Exposure at 1/60 3.5 ISO 2400 and still great sharpness (corner to corner) and shadow detail without much graininess. Semi-wide angle framed entire front of church from 60 feet away. Thought of getting the pricier 15mm Lumix Summilux, but think this is a good call. Once I get into 4K the cropping and sharpness will enhance the value of the 40mm tremendously. Very reasonable price and fast shipping a plus, plus, plus.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Extremely Sharp

      By Jim

      from Milwaukee, WI

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

      I purchased this lens for use with a recent purchase of the black magic micro cinema camera.

      I expected the lens to be sharp, just as all of the reviews say, but what I didn't expect was this incredible focus ring.

      It's not the distance throw of a true Cine lens, but a far enough throw that you can attach a gear to the ring, and a focus control on your rods, and obtain cinematic focus points.

      If you're doing film work with the micro or pocket cinema camera, don't expect this lens to fit all your needs. You'll rarely get a decent shot on a car mount because this lens is just not wide enough at the 2.8 crop.

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