Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH

Announced Sep 2, 2009 •
Prime lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-H020
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I'm considering upgrading from my Olympus PEN E-PL2 body; I only shoot JPEGs and, to this point at least, only use the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens. For me, would you recommend the Panasonic GX7 or the Olympus OM-D E-M10?  I know there's been a lot of forum discussion already comparing the GX7 and E-M10 (including a new thread started in the past 24 hours), and from what I've read, the performance between these two is similar enough that it probably comes down to which camera's handling you...
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I've been looking around, and opinions are at both sides. I'd like a last opinion so I can take a more informed decision. Now that I got the E-M10, I'm considering the Oly 45mm 1.8, which is regarded one of the best, alongside the 75mm. I already have the panny 20 and 14, so when I need more reach, I must put on my 45-150mm or 45-200mm lenses, which are not very fast. Doing portraits with the 45-200mm is far from convenient nor comfortable. As I said, I'm considering the 45, trying to stay...
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I have a GF1 and several lenses, but the 20/1.7 is by far the most used. This is not a bad thing in itself, the size of the lens is ideal, the focal length is a nice balance and it is really sharp, great for indoor use with my children. However, it is very frustrating because of it's limitations: slow and noisy AF and I get locked into the focal length. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Now I aim at upgrading for both video and photo, and want to free myself of the limitations of the...
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I just sold my 20mm pancake and gave my 45mm to my wife with the intention of buying the PL 25mm 1.4. I've had the 25mm in 'my basket' for the last day or so but wanted to sense check my thinking with some experts before I commit. The 20mm was often left in my bag or at home, the 7.5mm or 14mm are obviously better at wide angle shots and I prefer the rendering of the 45mm for portraits and shallow DoF shots, as well as it being a lot quicker to focus than the 20mm. The only issue with the...
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Just wondering despite all the negative publicity the Olympus 17mm f1.8 has received, if those who have actually purchased it and used it, if it has actually replaced your ‘legendary’ 20mm f1.7? To me, the 20mm f1.7 was the defining lens that kicked-started the m43 era and has produced (albeit slowly) some of my best captures during the past few years. But lately, although I still use it for some specific shooting, has been replaced mainly by my 17mm f1.8. No lens is perfect and the 20mm f1.7...
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I configure the E-PL5 movie mode to M, manually select aperture and shutter speed, and the AF mode to AF-S.  However, when I shoot video (kids making a mess in the bath room) in low light using the Panasonic 20/1.7 lens, I seem to still see focusing "breathing," if that is the correct term for the lens to momentarily lose focus and refocuses.  I double checked the AF-mode and confirmed that it is AF-S.  Does anyone else notice this?  On GH1, once focus is locked, I usually switch the focus...
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Hi all, I'm hopin for some advice from you!So I've gotten the prime lens bug. Here's what I've got already: Camera: Olympus Pen E-P3Oly 45mm f/1.8Oly 40-150mm f/4Oly kit zoom 14-42mm I feel like I'm pretty satisfied on the upper range but lately I've felt seriously limited on the lower range. This is partly because I hardly ever use the kit zoom unless I have to. I use my iPhone over the kit zoom. It's not that I don't shoot at that range, I just don't like the lens.So I'm looking for 1-2...
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Last night I found my Panasonic 20/1.7 pancake wouldn't focus any more. The focus mechanism appears to be jammed at a focus distance of about 3 feet.When I power the camera on I can hear the AF motor running for a second like it usually would, but it sounds different and the outer element does not move at all. The AF motor does not activate on half-press or on power down, and turning the focus ring has no effect.I can still take pictures with the lens if I put the camera in manual focus (at...
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Hey there, I got myself a Lumix GF3 a while back with the 14mm pancake and it's been a great upgrade from my previous compact cameras. I also selected it because of it's ability to take long duration video for bedroom shenanigans. It does this well and can film hours of footage. The trouble is that it's low light performance is fairly poor and I don't think setting up lights would go down well. In fact, it would be great to be able to get a half decent picture with candle light.Anyway I've...
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Hello allI recently upgraded my EPM1 to an OMD a absolutely love it. The only issue is the banding with the 20mm lens which is a real shame as it's otherwise a great lens. Have any of you switched to the Sigma 19mm for this reason, and if so do you have any regrets?Thanks in advance.Andrew--I'm getting there...
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