Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens

October 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras – Product Description:

Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens The Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH, a compact and lightweight “pancake” lens, is dramatically compact and lightweight, featuring an outstanding F1.7 brightness which allows consumers to create stunning photos with beautiful, soft focus. Comprised of seven lenses arranged in five groups, the Lumix G 20mm lens actually uses two aspherical lenses to effectively minimize distortion and achieve super high resolution. The versatile 20mm focal length (equivalent to 40mm on a 35mm film camera) is suitable for all applications–from scenery shots to dimly-lit indoor environments.

When mounted on Lumix G Micro System Cameras, the Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH lens allows for use of the advanced contrast Auto Focus (AF) system, which includes Panasonic’s Face Recognition functions. It’s comprised of seven blades, which produce an attractive and smooth background blur effect when shooting at larger aperture settings. The lens also features a highly-reliable metal mount, and use multi-coated lens elements to minimize glare and further enhance optical performance.

Product Features :

  • 20mm focal length; equivalent to 40mm on a 35mm film camera
  • Compact and lightweight “pancake” lens
  • F1.7 brightness for beautiful, soft focus
  • Comprised of seven lenses arranged in five groups; uses two aspherical lenses to effectively minimize distortion
  • Used with Lumix G Micro System Cameras, allows for use of the advanced contrast Auto Focus (AF) system

Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens – Review:

E-P1 OWNERS, YOUR DREAM LENS HAS ARRIVED – UPDATED

If you own an E-P1, you absolutely owe it to yourself to get this lens right now. I used to own the 17mm and loved its size, but found the image quality lacking. There are plenty of detailed reviews of this 20mm lens out there so I’ll spare the tech details.

I’ve had this for a little over a week and the performance is just amazing. Auto focus speed is very good, not super speedy, but definitely not slow. Images look sharp even wide open with lovely bokeh. It’s not quite as nice as the Panasonic/Leica 25mm 1.4 for 4/3, but it is half the price and 1/4 of the size.

I have some good glass like the Olympus 50mm f2 and Olympus 14-52 mark II 2.8-3.5 via the adapter, but those will probably stay on my E-620 since this Panasonic 20mm fits the E-P1 like a glove.

It’s amazing how this lens makes the E-P1 come alive like no other lens I’ve used on it before.

UPDATE 7/12/2010
It’s getting close to one year of full use and this lens is still unmatched for native micro four thirds. I now use it on an E-PL1 and it’s still working it’s magic. With the latest Olympus firmware update for the E-PL1 (available for E-P1 and EP2 as well) the autofocus speed of the 20mm is even faster! As my photographic skill have increased over the month, I’ve been able to get even better results.

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