What a disappointing situation with the 17mm lens! Why?

Started Sep 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Paul De Bra
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If you just want 17mm, get a Fuji X100, otherwise...

You should realize that review sites often test a single copy of a lens model, and at best a few copies. Their results are not necessarily representative for the average copy and most likely not representative for the better copies.

I am rather critical of my lenses. I have the 20mm f/1.7 and it is definitely not uneven across the frame. In fact, its strength is that it is very even across the frame. It seems that Panasonic sacrificed a potentially sharper center for better edge/corner performance. Also, shot to shot this lens is not slow to AF. It is only slow if it needs to go all the way from close to infinity or back. The only flaw I find in this lens is that it isn't 17mm.

When you are overly critical you can never find an affordable lens that satisfies your criteria. Seriously, when you are looking specifically for this focal length, look for a fixed-lens camera with that focal length, like the Fuji X100 (aps-c) or the Sony RX1 (35mm full frame).

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