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Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 G Aspherical Pancake Lens

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#1 Dallas

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:23

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#2 Akira

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:36

I'm pretty sure that this is one of the best standard lens ever designed for the still cameras for any format, digital or film.

The overall performance is great. The images are sharp corner to corner with the lens even wide open (distant scenes). Very flare and ghost resistant. Can be focused up to 20cm. The image is slightly softer at the closest settings, but stopping down to f2.8 or so results in sharp images.

Unlike other m4/3 lenses, the whole lens are moved to focus, but, thanks to its tiny size, the focusing is very snappy and way faster than 35/1.8G on D7000 or 50/1.4G on D3S.

One thing to comlain for me is that the aperture movement for stopping down is a bit on the slower side. You can detect the difference of release response between the lens wide open and stopped down to f2.0 or 2.2. The response will be yet another step slower when you stop it down to f2.8 and smaller. Some may find the focusing motor a little noisy, but I would think it is not really bothersome so far as the decibel value is concerned.

In an nutshell, the lens is highly recommended and almost a must have for any m4/3 users.
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