Panny 25mm 1.4 vs Olympus 25mm 1.8 Reviewed

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mh2000
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Re: "Less than precisely rigorous," maybe
In reply to amtberg, 6 months ago

amtberg wrote:

mh2000 wrote:

amtberg wrote:

mh2000 wrote:

amtberg wrote:

mh2000 wrote:

Typically, when people traditionally compared a 50/1.8 vs a 50/1.4, it was usually based on lens quality differences, not nit picking the differences between f1.8 and f1.4. Looks like only the build quality of the P/L 25 is noticeably better in this case.

Disagree. Lens manufacturers don't go to such extremes of design and cost to produce fast f/1-1.4 lenses just so they'll look better at f/1.8 and above. Photographers have always been willing to pay top dollar for fast glass because it provides more flexibility in exposure and composition.

In the present case it's not a huge difference but it's noticeable and it's just silly to pretend that it doesn't exist.

Look at the differences between the Canon "nifty 50" and compare to the EF 50/1.4 (or Nikon alternatives). There is a lot more differentiating the lenses than just the faster aperture.

The speed difference between f1.4 and f1.8 is just not that much.

Granted, if you were a Leica shooter, this doesn't apply, the only real difference between a Summicron f2 and Summilux f1.4 is the aperture, they are both quality Leica lenses.

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It's not a chicken and egg problem, though. Canon, Nikon, etc., put more effort and higher quality components into their faster lenses because they know that their most demanding customers want the fastest lenses they can get.

Yes, exactly! It has nothing to do with the minor difference in apperture, it has to do with all the other properties they put into their lenses besides the larger aperture!

Also, what about Leica? The quality of their 50/2.8, 50/2.5, 50/2 and 50/1.4 are all supperb. My guess is that almost every Leica shooter considers themself "demanding" and they sold many Elmars and Summicrons!

Seriously ... people ... it has to do with BOTH.  All else being equal, faster is better.  Here all else is essentially equal but the PL is a little faster.  QED....

Everything else being equal, cheaper, smaller and lighter are also "better," but all things are not precisely even.

As far as I'm concerned, both are nice lenses. The P/L pricing and size/weight is a little too much for me, but that's a subjective meassure. The aperture difference in this case is not very important to me at all.

Really, I think the reviews are pointing to them both being good lenses. If you prefer the rendering from the P/L 25, that would be the best reason to get the P/L IMO.

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