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Panasonic Lumix 20mm Vs 20mm II Lens Comparison Review

Panasonic Lumix 20mm Vs 20mm II Lens Comparison Review - We compare the two Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lenses to see if there are any additional benefits with the new version II lens.

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Category : Interchangeable Lenses
Product : Panasonic Lumix G 20mm II f/1.7 Pancake
Price : £349
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Performance
Verdict
Specification

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F 1 7 II ASPH Panasonic Lumix G6

An update to the original Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, the new model offers the same optical performance as the original lens, but features a new design, including updated metal design, improving over the plastic parts on the old model. We compare the two to see if there are any additional benefits with the new lens.

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake Handling and Features

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1 7 Vs II (3)

The new Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II is designed to maintain the impressive performance of the original Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens. The new Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH. lens is extremely compact and lightweight with a bright f/1.7 aperture that enables beautifully soft focus on the background for the subject to stand out. The 20mm Micro Four Thirds lens is equivalent to 40mm on a 35mm film camera and works on all Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds system cameras.

Key Features

  • Metallic profile
  • Finished in black and silver
  • Reliable metal mount
  • Multi-coated lens elements
  • Seven lenses in five groups
  • Two aspherical lenses
  • Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Seven aperture blades
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1 7 Vs II (5)

Another difference is the weight of the new lens vs the original, with the new lens weighing 100g compared to 87g for the original, with both being very lightweight lenses.

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1 7 Vs II (6)

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake Performance

Additional sample photos can be viewed in our original Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 ASPH. Review, and additional samples from the new 20mm f/1.7 II lens are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own photos, ratings and reviews. Photos below are from the original lens on the left and the new lens on the right - simply click them to view the full size original images.

Original Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 New Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II
Panasonic Lumix 20mm Old20mm P8140128 | 1/1600 sec | f/8.0 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 Panasonic Lumix 20mm II New20mm P8140131 | 1/1600 sec | f/8.0 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
1/1600 sec | f/8.0 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 1/1600 sec | f/8.0 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Structure | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Structure | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Structure | 1/500 sec | f/4.5 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Structure | 1/500 sec | f/4.5 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
1/320 sec | f/1.7 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 1/320 sec | f/1.7 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200
1/320 sec | f/1.7 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200 1/320 sec | f/1.7 | 20.0 mm | ISO 200

Read our original Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens review to see how the lens performs under our usual testing procedure.

Value For Money

The Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 II is available for around £349 vs £269 for the old model making the older model better value for money while it is still available, although it's possible that the price of the new model may drop. The 20mm f/1.7 lens is brighter than other 20mm pancake lenses for other systems, eg the Sony NEX 20mm f/2.8 (around £300) and Samsung NX 20mm f/2.8 (around £160). This makes it good value for money for a bright compact prime lens.

Other prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds that you could look at include the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 pancake available for £145, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 for £399, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 for £149, and the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 for £439.

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II with a redesigned styling and metal parts, and this gives a very slight improvement in resistance to flare, as well as a slight improvement in contrast. The redesign has very slightly improved the position of the surrounding plastic closest to the lens, which results in a very slight improvement in shielding light from hitting the lens at oblique angles.

The improved build quality should make the lens last longer, although unfortunately there has not been an improvement in focus speeds with both the old and new lens giving the same focus speeds in our testing. With the same excellent image quality, reasonable value for money, and compact size, this new model should be just as popular as the original and is an excellent choice for Micro Four Thirds users. The new colour options also better matches the new cameras from Panasonic and Olympus.

 
The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II gives excellent image quality and improved build quality.

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake Pros

Same excellent image quality as the original
Improved build with metal construction
Slightly improved resistance to flare
Improved design

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake Cons

Same focus system as old lens
Increased price

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Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake Specifications

ManufacturerPanasonic
General
Lens Mounts
  • Panasonic Micro Four Thirds
  • Olympus Micro Four Thirds
Lens
Focal Length20mm
Angle of View57
Max Aperturef/1.7
Min Aperturef/16
Filter Size46mm
35mm equivalent40mm
Internal focusingYes
Focusing
Min Focus20cm
StabilisedNo
Construction
Blades7
Elements7
Groups5
Box Contents
Box ContentsFront and Rear Lens caps, Soft Pouch
Dimensions
Weight100g
Height63mm

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Comments


17 Aug 2013 6:10AM
Thanks for the review of the updated lens! A small point though: according to the data on Lumix Global website, you have reversed the weights of the new and the old optic. The new one is lighter Wink

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27 Aug 2013 12:20AM
Thanks for the nice review.
It is pity the review doesn't seem to have mention anything about if the focus engine noise has been improved. If you search about the old 20mm, there are much more talks on the focus noise than the focus speed. And also the bokeh quality of 20mm is a little bit better than the 25mm. It would be good if the review can confirm the quality of the bokeh of the new 20mm has unchanged or as good or improved Tongue
It is very nice though the review shows the contrast is better...
3 Sep 2013 4:24PM
Why does Panasonic put a shiny ring around the glass? When you put a filter on, the ring will reflect light to the inner surface of the filter and then reflect back into the lens......the ring is not coated and it's "really" shiny, it's a very silly thing.
26 Sep 2013 8:35AM
I have just got this lens new version of the lens.
I can actually confirm, the focus noise is still there. But it is definitely less noisy than before, I would say the noise has been reduced by half.
I would rather say the focus speed seems a tiny bit faster too, and less hunting.. so it seems.

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