A really good and versatile prime lens

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A really good and versatile prime lens
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Because I was curious about this new lens, I compared my test photos from the OM System 20mm f/1.4 to those of a Mark II Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.

The OM System 20mm is optically superior, especially towards the edges of the image. It's sharper in the center too, but you have to pixel peep at 100% to see that. Also, it has better bokeh, weather sealing, it focusses very fast and it's nearly silent when focusing. I hoped the difference in corner sharpness would be less, because I like the Panasonic pancake, but it isn't. It is clearly visible.

I really like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 because it's so darn small and lightweight. It literally fits in your pocket, has good image quality and combined with a compact MFT body like the E-M5 and E-M10 series camera, it forms a inconspicuous compact and lightweight system.

However, this new OM Systems 20mm f/1.4 is not only slightly faster, it's also optically superior. Although it's significantly bigger and heavier than the Panasonic pancake, it's not as big and heavy as the f/1.2 primes or Pro zoom lenses. It fits somewhere between the compact primes and the faster Pro lenses.

There's a place for both type of lenses I think. The Panasonic pancake is great to keep the size and weight of your camera gear down. Take this pancake and a short fast tele with you to travel light. The OM Systems 20mm is perfect if you want the best possible image quality, weather sealing and/or fast autofocus in the smallest possible package. It's a great lens, albeit a bit expensive.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 Pro
Prime lens • Micro Four Thirds
Announced: Nov 4, 2021
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20mm F1.4 Pro Olympus OM-D E-M10 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV Panasonic 20mm F1.7 II
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