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

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (27)

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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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4.0

Sharp with good ability to blur background

By David

from Cambridge, M

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased principally for close-up food photography in the field rather than the studio. Speed of lens makes working in low light far easier, and the background blur is pleasing, if not quite the fine bokeh of my old Leicas.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Stellar Image Quality, a great focal length for walk around!

By Strider

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

I've used the first version for years... just bought this new one only because it's all black and looks nicer on my black E-M5. I've never had banding issues, and the focusing issues have never been a problem for me. I love this lens and this focal length. I've tried the Oly 17/1.8 and the 25/1.8, but I ended up selling them because I like this lens better. Four stars only due to the sub-par focusing, compared to newer lenses. Image-wise, Five Stars all the way!

 
4.0

Great size, but noisy and very slow AF

By CeritaT

from Toronto, Canada

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

I thought the second version of this lens had been improved, I use it with Olympus bodies and find the AF very noisy and slow, maybe it works better on a Panasonic body? I haven't used it enough to comment on the images themselves, but I love it's compact size and 1.7 wide aperture as it works very well in low light.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Slow AF.... I mean really slow

By Dan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Image quality is great. Autofocus performance is horribly slow. Makes the kit 12-32mm lens seem like its rocket powered. My 35-100 is also faster to focus... at least 3x faster. Given its price it should be faster and with no OIS and autofocus that gets slower with lower light, it is only a daytime lens for me. I like its image quality, I will use it, I am not impressed with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good product for day shoots, not so much by night though

By Roberto

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Although this LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH lens has proven to be most useful during day-shoots, it still lacks the amazing results my partner and I have obtained by night from using the Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 one.
Although focal length is obviously different for both lenses, and even though each of these two lenses serve contrasting cinematic purposes, we feel the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens might have performed even better --considering in our humble opinion, the excellent performance we have gathered from the 45 mm one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp street photog lens

By Nicholas

from undisclosed

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

This lens lives on my Lumix GX8 camera on a spider holster for quick easy shots. Most times I forget the camera is on my belt. For the cost the lens is very sharp!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The lens I use the most after the 7-14

By Gabriele

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

When I travel with my MFT set this lens is always with me. I't my "normal lens" close enough to a 35mm angle, good price, very sharp and focuses in the almost dark on my GX8. The sensor VR of the GX8 let me use this lens with very long exposures in  dark churches etc. Fantastic purchasing

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good inexpensive lens

By Luz

from undisclosed

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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

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An excellent choice for street photography

By Ron

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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

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

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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

(2 of 2 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!

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