Olympus 25mm f/1.8 images and price

Started Jan 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
Altruisto Contributing Member • Posts: 910
Re: Nice to have choice, but/because....

Jorginho wrote:

We don't know how well these will perform. Bar the caplens, it will most likely be good. But....
12-32 mm as FL is more interesting than 14-42. Purely based on this, the Panny wins. It also has OIS...quite incredible.
25 mm f1.8. Lets assume it is as good as the 45 mm version. At 250 euro, great. But there are busloads who have the 20 mm 1.7. from 17-25 mm or so it is the lens to beat and it is the lens to have I think. Not the fastest focusser, banding can occur from ISO3200 and above. But it is small, very sharp and it is a very allround focal length. I am not going to buy the 25 nor the 17. The 20 mm 1.7 covers them both quite nicely.
If I were to be a new buyer, I would probably go for the 20 mm 1.7 too. Just not to have 2 lenses that are simply too close.

Caplens: fun thing.

I used the 20mm f1.7 for a year now, and it's really a jack of all trades, good for everything but not excellent anywhere. It's sharp but its image have no "personality"; it's not as wide and versatile as a 17mm, but it has some distorsion and is therefore not ideal for portraits ; and finally it's very difficult to have separation and thin depth of field with it, especially for portraits. I eventually bought a 25mm f1.4 and couldn't be happier! a lot more CA, but the colors, the native contrast and the shape of the bokeh are absolutely exquisite with the 25.

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owning a Nikon D600 with a Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC, and a bunch of Nikon primes, a Nikon J1 but not particularly a Nikon fanboy, since I have an Olympus E-PL5, a Panasonic GX7, a Sony RX10 and a Canon S110 too!

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