Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

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Acronator New Member • Posts: 20
Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

I know there will be quite a few comparisons between these two lenses (and I plan on owning both). I am trying to figure out which one to get first and I had a few specific questions for people who have used both lenses with an Olympus body.

1. AF Speed. Both have very fast AF but is the Oly 25mm lens even a tad bit faster on AF with an Olympus body?

2. How useful have you found the extra stop of the Panasonic lens? Please do explain.

3. Both are very sharp lenses. Which is sharper?

4. Do the distortion corrections made by a Olympus body with the Oly 25mm 1.8 make for an advantage?

Thanks a lot.

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Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

Robin Wong is about to release a comparison review. Stayed tuned to his blog. He is excellent and I am sure he will answer your questions.

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Len_Gee
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Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)
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Why own both?

Do you have a specific reason why you need Oly 25 AND 25PL?

Seems like a waste of money.

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G1Houston Senior Member • Posts: 2,566
Wasn't there another thread like this yesterday? nt

I know there will be quite a few comparisons between these two lenses (and I plan on owning both). I am trying to figure out which one to get first and I had a few specific questions for people who have used both lenses with an Olympus body.

1. AF Speed. Both have very fast AF but is the Oly 25mm lens even a tad bit faster on AF with an Olympus body?

2. How useful have you found the extra stop of the Panasonic lens? Please do explain.

3. Both are very sharp lenses. Which is sharper?

4. Do the distortion corrections made by a Olympus body with the Oly 25mm 1.8 make for an advantage?

Thanks a lot.

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Acronator OP New Member • Posts: 20
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

Why own both?

Do you have a specific reason why you need Oly 25 AND 25PL?

Seems like a waste of money.

I have 3 micro 4/3 bodies. I mix and match lenses to shoot videos and stills at the same time. I figure it is only a matter if time before I get both. That said I might not. This is why I need pick the first one carefully.

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Acronator OP New Member • Posts: 20
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

Robin Wong is about to release a comparison review. Stayed tuned to his blog. He is excellent and I am sure he will answer your questions.

Am really looking forward to it.

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I don't know, was there?
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I didn't see it.  Does it matter?  Unless you are the forum policeman, why do you care?

You could have linked to it, if you were concerned enough to reply like this.

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G1Houston Senior Member • Posts: 2,566
Re: I don't know, was there?
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I didn't see it.  Does it matter?  Unless you are the forum policeman, why do you care?

You could have linked to it, if you were concerned enough to reply like this.

Very form has a search button. Use it.

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El Chubasco
El Chubasco Contributing Member • Posts: 511
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)
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Acronator wrote:

Robin Wong is about to release a comparison review. Stayed tuned to his blog. He is excellent and I am sure he will answer your questions.

Am really looking forward to it.

Actually the review is out

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2014/02/olympus-mzuiko-25mm-f18-lens-review.html

Enjoy!

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FrankS009
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Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

I am looking forward to the LensTip test of the Olympus 25mm 1.8 to compare it to their tests of the Panasonic 25 1.4, the Olympus 45mm, and a number of other lenses. Wong says he thinks the Olympus lens is as sharp as the 45mm. We shall see.

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dgrogers Veteran Member • Posts: 6,725
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

Robin Wong has just compared the two lenses.  In the end, I think you may be better off going with the Olympus if you have an Olympus body and the Panasonic if you have a Panasonic body.

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Bluevortex Regular Member • Posts: 174
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

dgrogers wrote:

Robin Wong has just compared the two lenses. In the end, I think you may be better off going with the Olympus if you have an Olympus body and the Panasonic if you have a Panasonic body.

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Completely infatuated with the "OMG"

Typical! Just yesterday day got the 25mm 1.4 and EM5 combo, now starting to doubt this was the right decision

blue

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amtberg Veteran Member • Posts: 5,533
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dgrogers wrote:

Robin Wong has just compared the two lenses. In the end, I think you may be better off going with the Olympus if you have an Olympus body and the Panasonic if you have a Panasonic body.

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Completely infatuated with the "OMG"

LOL

In case there was any question that Robin Wong is biased toward Olympus products (as an Olympus employee), this settles it.

First claims that the Panasonic is twice as expensive ... well, apparently that's an issue for those living in Malaysia.  Everywhere else the Panasonic seems to cost about 25% more new, or the same or less used.

He somehow concludes that the Olympus is better in the corners, when his crops show they are essentially identical (both excellent), or if either has an advantage, it's the Panasonic.

Spends a lot of time downplaying the difference in DOF between the Panny at f/1.4 and the Olympus at f/1.8 when the difference is clearly significant in the PL's favor, and when -- really -- at 25mm on MFT you want as much DOF flexibility as you can get.

They are both very good lenses.  All else being essentially equal, the PL is faster and thus gives more creative control.

A shame Olympus didn't put the effort into producing a nice 9mm or 10mm prime to fill a hole instead of reinventing the wheel (and making it slightly less round).

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markintosh13 Senior Member • Posts: 1,905
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

amtberg wrote:

Spends a lot of time downplaying the difference in DOF between the Panny at f/1.4 and the Olympus at f/1.8 when the difference is clearly significant in the PL's favor, and when -- really -- at 25mm on MFT you want as much DOF flexibility as you can get.

They are both very good lenses. All else being essentially equal, the PL is faster and thus gives more creative control.

A shame Olympus didn't put the effort into producing a nice 9mm or 10mm prime to fill a hole instead of reinventing the wheel (and making it slightly less round).

I didn't see that much DoF difference, nothing significant. But that's me.

I've always wanted a Panny 25 f/1.4 - but the size and the price has always dissuaded me.

If the Oly version was $350 on sale, I'd consider one.

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Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

amtberg wrote:

dgrogers wrote:

Robin Wong has just compared the two lenses. In the end, I think you may be better off going with the Olympus if you have an Olympus body and the Panasonic if you have a Panasonic body.

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First claims that the Panasonic is twice as expensive ... well, apparently that's an issue for those living in Malaysia. Everywhere else the Panasonic seems to cost about 25% more new, or the same or less used.

As I wrote in the other thread, at least in UK the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 - new - presently costs just 30 GBP more than the Olympus f/1.8 (source: camerapricebuster.co.uk)

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markintosh13 Senior Member • Posts: 1,905
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

markintosh13 wrote:

amtberg wrote:

Spends a lot of time downplaying the difference in DOF between the Panny at f/1.4 and the Olympus at f/1.8 when the difference is clearly significant in the PL's favor, and when -- really -- at 25mm on MFT you want as much DOF flexibility as you can get.

They are both very good lenses. All else being essentially equal, the PL is faster and thus gives more creative control.

A shame Olympus didn't put the effort into producing a nice 9mm or 10mm prime to fill a hole instead of reinventing the wheel (and making it slightly less round).

I didn't see that much DoF difference, nothing significant. But that's me.

I've always wanted a Panny 25 f/1.4 - but the size and the price has always dissuaded me.

If the Oly version was $350 on sale, I'd consider one.

Here in Canada, the Panny 25 1.4 is currently on sale (Henry's) for $599 (reg 649), and the Oly 25 1.8 is selling at reg price at $399.

So maybe it might be on sale at $350 at some point.

amtberg Veteran Member • Posts: 5,533
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

markintosh13 wrote:

amtberg wrote:

Spends a lot of time downplaying the difference in DOF between the Panny at f/1.4 and the Olympus at f/1.8 when the difference is clearly significant in the PL's favor, and when -- really -- at 25mm on MFT you want as much DOF flexibility as you can get.

They are both very good lenses. All else being essentially equal, the PL is faster and thus gives more creative control.

A shame Olympus didn't put the effort into producing a nice 9mm or 10mm prime to fill a hole instead of reinventing the wheel (and making it slightly less round).

I didn't see that much DoF difference, nothing significant. But that's me.

I've always wanted a Panny 25 f/1.4 - but the size and the price has always dissuaded me.

If the Oly version was $350 on sale, I'd consider one.

The DOF difference isn't dramatic but it's clear, and IMO at this focal length on MFT you're often going to want thinner DOF than you can get even at f/1.4.  That's one reason why I use the Voigt 25/.95 rather than the PL.

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dgrogers wrote:

Robin Wong has just compared the two lenses. In the end, I think you may be better off going with the Olympus if you have an Olympus body and the Panasonic if you have a Panasonic body.

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Typical! Just yesterday day got the 25mm 1.4 and EM5 combo, now starting to doubt this was the right decision

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Don't worry. It is a great combination. The PL25 is a wonderful lens that works great together with the E-M5. Robin Wong is an Olympus employee. I like his reviews but he certainly has a bit of a bias. Focus speed is swift and low light capability unmatched. If you want to I can post pics taken with the PL25 and the E-M5, too. Relax. You made a good buy.

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Dissenter Junior Member • Posts: 30
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

amtberg wrote:

dgrogers wrote:

Robin Wong has just compared the two lenses. In the end, I think you may be better off going with the Olympus if you have an Olympus body and the Panasonic if you have a Panasonic body.

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Completely infatuated with the "OMG"

LOL

In case there was any question that Robin Wong is biased toward Olympus products (as an Olympus employee), this settles it.

First claims that the Panasonic is twice as expensive ... well, apparently that's an issue for those living in Malaysia. Everywhere else the Panasonic seems to cost about 25% more new, or the same or less used.

It's an issue here in Australia too...$700+ where Panasonic along with Sony doesn't even bother to attend the camera trade shows.

Acronator OP New Member • Posts: 20
Re: Olympus 25mm 1.8 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 for Olympus body (E-M5)

markintosh13 wrote:

markintosh13 wrote:

amtberg wrote:

Spends a lot of time downplaying the difference in DOF between the Panny at f/1.4 and the Olympus at f/1.8 when the difference is clearly significant in the PL's favor, and when -- really -- at 25mm on MFT you want as much DOF flexibility as you can get.

They are both very good lenses. All else being essentially equal, the PL is faster and thus gives more creative control.

A shame Olympus didn't put the effort into producing a nice 9mm or 10mm prime to fill a hole instead of reinventing the wheel (and making it slightly less round).

I didn't see that much DoF difference, nothing significant. But that's me.

I've always wanted a Panny 25 f/1.4 - but the size and the price has always dissuaded me.

If the Oly version was $350 on sale, I'd consider one.

Here in Canada, the Panny 25 1.4 is currently on sale (Henry's) for $599 (reg 649), and the Oly 25 1.8 is selling at reg price at $399.

So maybe it might be on sale at $350 at some point.

I think the prices on the Oly will fall. But takes a bit of time. I bought my 45mm 1.8 for $400 a year back. Now it can be had easily for about $300 or less.

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