I feel misled: Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II AF is SO SLOW!

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Anders W
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Re: I feel misled: Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II AF is SO SLOW!
In reply to micksh6, 7 months ago

micksh6 wrote:

Why do you feel mislead? Of course it's slow and it has been shown here long time ago. You just needed to look at the right tests:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52045407
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52049352

A "controlled" test can also show that 20mm focuses much slower than other lenses and hunts more often too. It's not needed to refocus from close-up to infinity in order to see that. These tests show refocusing between about 5 and 7-8 feet.

Those tests are not controlled. They are biased in ways and for reasons spelled out in the thread to which you link. That's why they are not the right tests.

I think a curved focus target attributes to slow AF with this lens.

Any lens will have greater difficulty focusing on a curved than a non-curved surface since for the former there is no single point where the entire surface contained within the focus box can be in perfect focus. But on what grounds would the 20 have greater difficulty focusing on a curved surface than other lenses of similar FL?

Slow AF wouldn't be that noticeable on flat target such as brick wall.

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