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Monday, 08 November 2021


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All initial reviews of this lens say how it is so wonderful and unique because it is smaller and lighter and so much cheaper than the other ‘OM’ pro lenses. Everybody seems to forget the real point of comparison, the Lumix 1.7/20 that is ever so slightly smaller, lighter and even a tiny bit cheaper than this one. Maybe they think it is not a good comparison because it is so much slower, all of 1/2 stops. I have no doubt the OM is ‘better’, but how much?

Too bad it lost the manual focus clutch along with the new branding and "affordable" price.
I wonder how it compares to the tiny Panasonic 20/1.7. I'm sure there is good reason for all that extra bulk...

That Nikon Z 40 mm f/2 is a stop slower but also 100g lighter and substantially cheaper at $296. These days, I'm not sure many people need f/1.4. Am I starting to sound like a broken record?

If I had a 4/3 camera I would buy this in a heartbeat. Mike and I are on the same page as far as this being in the "normal sweet spot". The ~40mm lenses on the Olympus rangefinders as well as the Minolta rangefinders (especially the HiMatic S II were very sweet. No doubt this is even "better" in some ways. It would be interesting to see how they differed in character.

I've owned multiples of the Panasonic 20/1.7 over the years and it is a true classic. What this has to offer over the Panasonic lens is: fast AF (the Panasonic pancake lens moves the entire lens assembly for focus, and is glacially slow - not a concern if your subject is stationary, but hard sometimes if it's a moving target), and weather resistance. If you need those two things, as well as a bit more depth-of-field control, then this is the lens for you. Personally I think it looks fantastic and probably balances super well on the EM5 bodies, which are weatherproof, too. Rainy day street shooting in gloomy light conditions, there's your scenario! Which, to be honest, sounds like something I'd be all over.

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