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A little gem!
, 2 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 Pancake Lens (Camera)
This lens has been lauded in many reviews - it's probably *the* must-have lens for M43 camera users.
I use it on my Olympus PEN E-P1 and my wife's Panasonic G2; on either camera it transforms the overall size making them both look and feel much smaller. Focus speed is OK, though I must say it seems a bit slower to focus on the G2 than the PEN for some reason - after the last firmware upgrade the PEN has got much snappier in this respect.
In use the 20mm gives a 40mm equivalent on a traditional film SLR (or Full frame DSLR) which isn't quite standard lens length and the extra field of view can lead to distortions if used without care on portrait shots though it's not that wide for landscapes either! Having said that having a prime lens makes you think more about your shots and you'll get picture you just wouldn't with a lazy old zoom.
One of the top benefits of this lens is the super wide (for M43!) 1.7 aperture. This Makes it good for low light photography and in some conditions enables you to get a nice blurry background. This is especially nice on the PEN as it has in camera stabilisation, there is no OIS on the Lumix 20mm. Chromatic aberrations isn't an issue on the PEN and the G2 removes any it finds it automatically, so zoom users that get annoyed with purple fringing will be happy too.
So, this is a compact lens that is pin-sharp and great for low-light pics and makes some M43 cameras almost pocketable. Five stars without question.
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