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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F/1.7 Lens Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 ASPH lens is priced at £449.

If we wanted an alternative around that 9mm point, then there are a few lenses to consider:

For compactness, wide aperture design and ultra-wide optics, the new lens offers very good value for money.

For more lens options, have a look at our lens top lists which feature optics we've reviewed and compiled into easy-to-read lists so you can make more informed decisions. 

 

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F/1.7 Verdict

For an unobtrusive, ultra-wide lens with a fast, bright maximum aperture, this new offering from Panasonic becomes a very strong contender. It could be ideal for a wide range of subject matter, even, with care, portraiture, which is no longer constrained by the view that 85mm is the ideal. Styles change, and we have an ultra-wide world now in cinematography and videography. Travel photography also demands compact lenses and the fast lens extends the possibilities into the evening light. Astrophotography, street photography, and architecture, all are ideal subject matter.

This new Panasonic lens fulfils all the requirements for a compact, fast ultra-wide. The actual performance technically is excellent centrally in particular, the only glitch being the relatively lacklustre sharpness at smaller apertures at the edges. Fortunately, this is the most apparent close-up and at normal distances not so much of a problem.

A sound lens at a sound price that can happily be 'Recommended'.  

 

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F/1.7 Pros

  • Excellent central sharpness
  • Low distortion
  • Very well-controlled flare
  • Low CA
  • Low vignetting
  • Close focusing
  • Fast, virtually silent AF
  • Dust and splash resistance
  • Very good VFM

 

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F/1.7 Cons

  • Edge sharpness falls off from f/4 to f/16

 

Features4/5
Handling4/5
Performance4/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict
 

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Comments


altitude50 18 22.7k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2022 1:32PM
I am intending to buy this lens for my Panasonic GX-7 which is permanently converted to infrared.
However. Until I know that this lens does not suffer from an IR 'hotspot' I will wait for futher reports.
I do not want to invest in it and risk it as it will only be used for IR.
pablophotographer 11 2.0k 429
23 Jun 2022 10:16AM

Quote:I am intending to buy this lens for my Panasonic GX-7 which is permanently converted to infrared.
However. Until I know that this lens does not suffer from an IR 'hotspot' I will wait for futher reports.
I do not want to invest in it and risk it as it will only be used for IR.



Hi altitude. I think you can try renting it s ok you can make a decision before committing yourself to it by a purchase.

pablophotographer
altitude50 18 22.7k United Kingdom
23 Jun 2022 2:22PM
Yes, thank you. I have looked into that but I think that it is too new to be on the rental lists. I will wait a few weeks.

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