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Panasonic H-X025E LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm Digital Interchangeable Lens

by Panasonic
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • RAID Level : Lens
  • Intended For : Digital SLR
  • Focal Length : 25 mm
  • Included Accessories : Dust cap
  • lens cap
  • F1.4 Brightness Allowing a Beautiful Soft Focus
  • Nano Surface Coating Technology for Dramatic Reduction of Ghost and Flare
  • A Superb Image Quality That Passes a Stringent Leica Standard
  • UHR (Ultra High Refractive) Index Lens and Glass Mold Aspherical Lenses
  • Circular Aperture Diaphragm

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm ; 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: H-X025E
  • ASIN: B0056H5VLK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Product Description

Box Contains

Lens cap / Lens rear cap / Lens storage bag

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp low light performer 21 Jun 2012
Note that I also have the Panasonic 20mm and the Nokton 25mm so I'll mention some of their differences.

It's pretty exciting to get hold of the first f/1.4 lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Thankfully, the Leica brand didn't add a whole lot more to the price tag, although I still think it's a bit pricey.

This lens is like the big brother of the 20mm. It's twice the weight at 200g, and almost twice the height. The construction quality is good, mainly plastic, except for the metal mount. It has a 46mm filter thread - yeah, I can use my 2-stop ND filter from my 20mm lens.

The focusing ring is nicely damp and turns smoothly.

It comes with a carrying pouch and a relatively large plastic rectangular lens hood. You know that 46mm vented lens hood people are using for the 20mm lens? I'm actually using that instead, very little light fall-off and it's much smaller.

Auto-focus is silent and quick. However, auto-focus during movie mode isn't that fast but it's not just this lens. Manual focus is focus-by-wire and it's a pleasure to focus with the responsive focus ring.

The sharpness varies at different apertures. At f/1.4, the corners are slightly blur, centre sharpness is still alright. f/2.8 is tack sharp at centre, with the subjects at corners nearly in focus. The lens is tack sharp at f/4. I use it often at f/1.4 and the images are perfectly alright, provided you don't pixel-peep.

The depth of field is wonderful. Bokeh is creamy. This lens has a shallower depth of field than the 20mm lens. Even if the subject is near to the background, it can still blur the background effectively (more than the 20mm lens). There's a 3D feel to the photos that are shot this way, together with the background blur is very pleasing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect, but you pay for it ! 15 Oct 2012
This is the nearest thing to having an autofocus Leica lens on your Panasonic G or Olympus micro four thirds camera. At twice the weight and price of the legendary Panasonic 20mm 1.7 lens, this is a serious investment and feels like it, being obviously well put together when you hold it in your hand. At 50mm equivalent field of view (to 35mm systems) this is the so-called "standard" lens, producing a field of view that is thought to feel very natural. I like it better than the 20mm, because with that lens the 40mm equivalent field of view can seem a bit odd - neither tele nor zoom, and not standard either. The 20mm also distorts faces if you shoot close-in portraits, which is often not flattering.

This lens give you f1.4, meaning the ability to get shallow depth of field, nice bokeh, and shoot in low light without cranking up the ISO excessively. At f1.4 the centre is pretty sharp, with the edges being soft. From f2.8 everything is pretty damn sharp. MTF lab tests on camera and lens review web sites show that on paper, this lens is not as sharp at the centre as the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens, but in practice shots from this lens often seem better to the eye - I believe it is because there is something of that Leica look about them - to do with colour rendition of the lens coatings and contrast. I know this is not a 'true Leica' lens made in Germany by Leica A.G. but it does have a Leica quality to the contrast and bokeh.

Is this THE micro four thirds portrait lens? Well, I'm not sure. Olympus have two fantastic lenses that excel at portraits - their very reasonably priced 45mm for micro four thirds and their stellar 75mm, but the latter is expensive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a certain je ne sais quoi 11 July 2013
A lens is not just a lens. There is something about certain lenses which impart a magical feel to images. This is the first lens I have owned on the mFT mount that gives images a beautiful feel and vibrancy. While the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 is sharp and pretty much flawless, this lens adds some pixie dust to the images - they sparkle. In a straight comparison with my 20mm f1.7, the 25mm f1.4 seems sharper still and with much punchier colours and smoother bokeh. The Leica also focuses noticeably faster on my Olympus OM-D. While the Leica is by no measure "cheap", Panasonic has, at least, included a flare guard and bag along with the front and rear caps. You don't always get those, even with high-end lenses.

I know this is sounding like hyperbole, but I genuinely feel this way. I also have a Canon kit and this lens imparts a similar quality to Canon's L lenses. Leica will probably laugh at that as they were there first in terms great lenses. However, in this case, you do get what you pay for. The problem is, it's hard to quantify in words what that extra magic is.

What I can quantify is that the 35mm equivalent FoV of 50mm and fast max aperture of f1.4 make this a very flexible lens, suitable for most conditions. While we are used to zoom lenses to cover all angles, a 50mm prime remains a great all-purpose perspective. And Leica 50mms are legendary. This example keeps the reputation alive.

This lens has taken my OM-D from perfectly competent to outright fantastic. Well worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointed with this lens - have returned it
I thought long and hard before purchasing this (fairly expensive) lens. I have a good DSLR (Canon 5D MkII) and several L series lenses, but I've been really agreeably suprised by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Camera buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens, 10/10
This lens is the sharpest and the fastest I have ever had and wouldn't trade it for anything. In my eyes it is perfect. You can capture motion in low light with no IS. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrei
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality prime for your M4/3 camera system
I truly love this lens. I am saying this as a professional wedding journalist, street and travel photographer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Cheng
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Sharp
I bought this lens as a general walk-about lens for my OMD EM5 camera. I'm delighted with the results. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rajan
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic/Leica 25mm Summilux lens
Having been a fan of the standard 50mm lens on 35mm film cameras this has brought my photography back full circle.
I like the large aperture for available light photography.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. M. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate lens for MFT
I bought this for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and wanted a high quality lens with a native fit. The body seems very well made and solid with a nice weight to it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shinobi Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens
A good trade-up from the f1.8 20mm lens as this one is f1.4, solidly built and great for portraits, but also video..
Published 8 months ago by JJ MULLINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds expectations
In a nutshell: this lens is one of a rare breed of products that is better than expected - despite my expectations being very high. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb lens
Have been using this lens for over a year with both a G3 and GH3 as part of a growing lens collection from Panasonic, Olympus and Samyang. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Have a go Hero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great definition
Totally as expected.. Well reviewed lens with a F1.4 stop allows for good bokeh. The definition and image quality is great.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. A. D. Dick
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