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Its an old lens CB, even the Pany 14mm has better focusing.
And if they are replacing this lens, its unlikely a replacement will cost more.
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When I was doing a bit of research, I really didn't see a big difference in price between the 20mm f1.7 and the 25mm f1.4. I was very fortunate with the 25mm, getting it at a very good price from a Canadian dealer, with free shipping. All I have to pay is the 5% fed sales tax, we have none in Alberta. For CB, I paid $80.00 more than I could have for the 45mm f1.8, because I bought a black one. I missed a bid on the 12mm f2.0 by $10.00 a couple days ago, thought I had it.
I would be inclined to compare the 20mm and the 17mm f1.8 rather than the 14mm Paul.
Quote: I would be inclined to compare the 20mm and the 17mm f1.8 rather than the 14mm Paul
Comparing imaging quality yes, but its hampered by its focusing speed, in this sense its more equal to the Olympus 17mm f2.8 than the 17mm f1.8 and this shows in the price difference.
Ideally it should be a better match to the 14mm with it being another Panasonic compact prime but its not.
The 20mm is well in need of an update, it focuses slow compared to most other M4/3 primes, and Panasonic never sorted out the banding issue.
I have to admit my Oly 14-150mm seems to meet about 80-90% of my needs these days.
But for anything where sharpness is critical, I will reach for the Panny 20mm, often using MF.
I would say it is still the sharpest of my lenses, although the Oly 45 and 60mm run it close.
That's the key CB, whatever turns your crank. I feel the same way about the 100-300mm, but I need to diversify, I'm in a rut. When I get the new lenses, I'm going to try going out with just one lens at a time.
Quote: When I get the new lenses, I'm going to try going out with just one lens at a time.
Yes, I've done that - if it's not the 14-150mm, I find it's not the one I actually need!
I still find the 45mm pretty amazing, even wide open.
Here's one I took today with my "old" Panny 100-300mm.
And one more.
nice work Denny, good looking back-ground blur and nice bright / sharp eyes
Common Snipe; OM-D, Panasonic 100-300mm.
Cracking pics, Denny!
Thanks. Not many places to do wildlife photography accessible around here since the flooding, and I got an update from the zoo yesterday; at least 50 million dollars damage, and at least another 10 million in lost revenue. All the places I used to visit; the conservatory, the rainforest, all received major flood damage; they're situated on a 34 acre island in the Bow River, which was the main source of flooding. They say the Canadian display, which is not on the island, might be open the end of July, but the rest looks like the end of November. Also, the highway into Kananaskis Country in the Rockies is closed. The migratory bird sanctuary on the banks of the Bow is also devastated, so maybe next summer there. It's nothing compared to the loss of homes by the 1000s of people though, many of whom had their land washed away also. It was the worst natural disaster in terms of property damage in Alberta's recorded history. However, where we live, one wouldn't know things weren't normal if one didn't turn on the news. The downtown core just opened up yesterday after a couple weeks. We have a lot to be thankful for after all.
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