Panny 25mm 1.4 vs Olympus 25mm 1.8 Reviewed

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Dheorl
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Re: The Olympus appears to have slightly better bokeh
In reply to Dave Lively, 10 months ago

Dave Lively wrote:

Bokeh has two different meanings depending on who is using the term. Some people use it as a synonym for shallow depth of field. Others use it to describe the appearance of the out of focus areas. I am using the second definition and am not trying to say the Olympus has thinner DOF.

Wide open it looks to me like the Olympus has slightly better bokeh with the PL 25 out of focus highlights having a bright edge. But the difference is pretty small. It would have been interesting to see what the PL looks like when set to f1.8.

The Olympus is smaller, lighter and cheaper but 2 ounces and a few fractions of an inch is not that significant to me. Similar performance for 25% less is enough to make me lean towards the Olympus though. I am going to wait a few months and see what other reviews say before I decide. If we am lucky the price of the Olympus might drop to $350 once the new wears off.

I dunno, I think some of the finer bokeh on the oly looks a bit messy compared to the panny. It's such a subjective thing though that every buyer really needs to look at pictures for themselves to be able to decide.

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