The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH is a standard lens for 4/3, manufactured from 2011 to 2019 (discontinued). The focus is done by Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 466 €;
31 users have given it an average vote of 9.7 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Micro 4/3: this lens is compatible with mirrorless micro-4/3.
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Pros:Very elegant rendition of the colour; "Naturalness" of the image; Small, light, discreet.
Opinion:The passage in front of a lighted light bulb or a very bright window triggers the "rattlesnake", the objective is possessed by an demonic legion, the diaphragm starts to dance and slam as it were to pass the elephants of Hannibal, the sound is that of a Geiger counter tucked into a nuclear power plant. There are tutorials on the Internet (and discussions about Juza) that teach you to eliminate the problem by acting on the settings, but I with the GX9 I have not succeeded. This is not nice. Beautiful, indeed beautiful is the color, which paints objects rendered with "natural" features, or without the hyper-engraving a bit ' violent, without the metallic stiffness of everything in the frame. Then it is small, light, discreet-a little less small with the lens hood but still gestibvery easy with small bags. I bought it because of the Hobbit review that precedes mine. Hobbits had not said anything about snakes, demons, elephants and Geiger. I was stunned. But by color and naturalness. Really a wonderful tool: Hobbit you were right! Review update: By uploading the latest updating of the camera's software GX9 the rattlesnake died if used in autofocus, it wakes up a bit (but it seems a lot less than before) when used in manual focus. So for me the problem is solved.
Pros:Optical characteristics, overall yield, size and weight
Opinion:I have owned this lens for a couple of years now. Reappropriating the normal focal wasn't easy, but once you can get the photos, you gain it. It is apparently less versatile than the various moderate wideangles that are currently very fashionable, in closed places especially where it is not possible to take that step back forces unnecessary choices in the framing with wider optics, but it is this, in my opinion, allows more incisive photos, making the details stand out and allowing to use it also for portraying people in context. The lens is sharp already at TA, but not exaggerated, at F1.4 there is the detail, but it also returns nuanced contours to make the scene look a bit dreamy. Closing the sharpness increases, with a maximum to F2.8/F4. The colors, however little in evidence, because the automatic WB homogenizes all the lenses a little, tend a little warm compared to the Zuiko, which in my view seem on average colder and clinical. The quality of the blur is good, especially if you manage to put some distance between the subject and the background. The lampshade is much criticized because it is great. It actually compromises the compactness when it is mounted and is not tipper, but not the lightness. Lately using a larger bag I always keep it fitted. It is still good quality, thick and hard plastic, not the fine plastic of the Zuiko. It comes with the lens. I use it on the e-m10 mk1, I do not find any particular annoyances regarding this combo. In fact, the two PanaLeica shaves (in addition to the 25 I have the 45) are for me very proportionate on the e-m10 and moreover the 25 enjoys the stabilization of the body. There is also to consider that the e-m10 is a very complete small camera, but by virtue of this completeness it is not citable even if you put the 20mm, so it might as well have the 25 if you like the focal and the yield more. The yield is top for me. But really top. In the sense that it is solving, with a high microcontrast, but a general contrast between the lowest (perhaps the lowest) among all m4/3 optics. These features make it possible to be natural and less digital, as well as easier postproduction thanks to unpumped results. Therefore I can not help but recommend this lens, which for its brightness and focal, can become even unique. For me it is the best lens of the system, which somehow despite being produced in Japan preserves the Leica imprint (in addition to the front screenprinting). I will say more, it is worth having a m4/3, even an old GF1 (with which it goes very well) to have this lens. UPDATE (in reply to my friend Canti del Chaos): I thank him for trusting my judgment and I am glad that he finds in the 25 those gifts that he has well thinned and that are masked by an insignificant exterior appearance. Now I use it with the gx7 (I no longer remember what stools settings) there is no rattlesnake effect, but only the noise of the MAF, especially when it is reached with the typical bounce of the contrasting MAF. Even with the e-m10 mk1 (which I no longer have) I had no noise problems, I had also acted in this case on the menu.
Pros:f1.4 aperture, detachment of compatteza plans without a hood, autofocus
Cons:hood, no dual IS
Opinion:very compact optical course if you do not mount the huge hood; full aperture but also closing some stop gives a nice dividend of unknown plans of other objective, but never in fact updated firmware you can not enjoy the dual IS the latest panasonic bodies, autofocus still quite fast, quality still images online with name despite the fairly low price, very good even in macro thanks to the working distances in focus
Pros:image quality, especially color, bokeh (out of m43 is not obvious).
Cons:square lens hood which occupies space like another lens on the stock exchange, focusing not in line with the latest technologies of Panasonic and Olympus camera bodies, never updated firmware.
Opinion:In the kit Lumix only 2 other lenses have a higher speed of this: the 42,5mm f / 1.2 (2015, € 1,300) and the newest 12mm f / 1.2 (2016, € 1,100). We are therefore talking of the only lens in the f / 1.7 for seven years in the short history of the m43. Cost: € 500, more or less (I got it used in London for 300 € ..). No lens Olympus - which are not stabilized like this - it is faster than f / 1.7.rnSecondo me just for this reason, for those who have no budget for the other aforementioned lenses, this lens is a must in your borsa.rnSe comparison photos taken with this lens with those taken with the same focal length and f-stop of the 12-35 f / 2.8, I am even more happy with this lens: razor sharp, especially at the center, excellent color rendering. When I do portraits are discovered color in the eyes of the people photographed that even they have never visto.rnL'f / 1.4 comes out especially on video: pity that the lens is not stabilized and that the lens hood is clutterednte (I always had m43, who had APSC is well pleased with this "footprint"). rnrnrn
Cons:Vignetting and excessive softness in TA; heavy and cumbersome; Autofocus not at the top.
Opinion:very conventional lens, and it also includes the weight and size (assuming that is intended to M4 / 3 system) .rnE 'the same old trick of German lenses: nominally very bright, in fact to make it bubbly must close at least to f2 .0 which cancels any advantage in terms of brightness and forces a bulky building. Also to have a resolution on the sides of the image worthy of its name must close at least until further f3.5rnIn compensation at the center resolution it is stellar, as well as the micro contrasto.rnObiettivo I purchased following the directions of the monkey but I use little. I keep saying to own it.
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