Sigma 19mm f2.8 or Panasonic 20mm f1.7

Started May 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
BillCarr
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Re:Me too (nt)
In reply to twokatmew, May 5, 2012

twokatmew wrote:

The 17/2.8 gets repeatedly bashed, so I'm really happy with the photos I get from it. The 20/1.7 is regularly lauded as one of the best m43 lenses, and so far I'm disappointed. I wonder just how much is due to the power of psychology here.

I'm glad you like your 17/2.8 but I don't think dpreview was under the influence of psychology when its 2009 review of the Panasonic lens concluded ( http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/panasonic_20_1p7_o20/4 ) " the 20mm F1.7 is the first must-have lens for Micro Four Thirds" .

And that was written 6 weeks after dpreview tested the Olympus 17/2.8 and found it "acceptable" in performance, saying ( http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/OlympusEP1/22 ):

"The M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake gives acceptable
results in our studio tests, but again its extreme
portability comes at the cost of some optical compromises.
Image quality at the centre of the frame is high, but it's
less impressive towards the edges due to a combination of
(relative) softness and chromatic aberration. Compared to
the kit zoom, there's no hugely compelling optical
advantage to the 17mm (although it's faster and more
portable), and overall its performance leaves us feeling
just a little 'flat'."

That's just one site's testing, but it's pretty consistent with reputable review sites on the net, as well as from many people who have used both.

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