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Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH MFT Lens Video Review

Find out what David Thorpe thinks of the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7ASPH lens designed for MFT cameras.

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The Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH is a medium telephoto lens built for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system cameras and it received high praise for its 'outstanding sharpness' from Gary Wolstenholme in ePHOTOzine's review, achieving a 'Highly Recommended' status as a result. Recently, reviewer and photographer David Thorpe also got his hands on this MFT lens and he also praised the level of sharpness this lens gives MFT camera users. 

 

Positive Points For The Panasonic 

In his video review, David also says the lens produces pleasing perspective, distortion is pretty much absent and its focusing speeds are superb. One downside David points out is that the lens does suffer from purple fringing but overall, the word 'excellent' sums up the performance of the 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH from Panasonic. 

David says the lens is well made and comes with a neat little bayonet fitting lens hood that fits backwards to save space in your camera bag. The lens also has built-in image stabilisation (IS) and when it is used with Panasonic cameras that also have it built-in, such as the GX8, they coordinate to enhance the efficiency. 

The diameter of the lens is small it can be used with the GM1 and GM5 without overlapping the base plate and David also says that manual focus is easy thanks to its wide aperture and smoothly rotating focusing ring.

The price could put some people off purchasing this lens however, David does offer alternatives as well as reasons why investing in the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH would be worthwhile for some. 

 

See More From David Thorpe

You can see what else David has to say about the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH in the above video and don't forget to check out our review of the MFT lens, too. You can also subscribe to David Thorpe's Youtube Channel, plus why not take a look at David's other reviews featured on ePHOTOzine? They include reviews of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark IIMetabones Speed Booster and Olympus M.Zuiko 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14.

 

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dannyr 13 46 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2015 5:28PM
Both great lenses, but the one thing not mentioned in the video (I think!) is the one thing that would make me buy the Panasonic over the Olympus, the Panasonic focuses much closer at 31cm over the Olympus's 50cm.

A small point that most people probably will not notice, but I am a sucker for a close focusing lens!

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