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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens Review - Verdict

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Leica DG 10 25mm F1,7 With Hood On G9
 

Value For Money

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 Asph lens is priced at £1799. This might seem expensive, but the fast Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 lens is £1099 itself, and nowhere near as versatile as the zoom.

The only other lens that comes close is the Panasonic GX Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph Power OIS at £799, although this is much slower.

For its range and versatility, the new lens is actually pretty fair value, although if a smaller maximum aperture is acceptable then there are many lower-cost alternatives.

To learn more about our recommended Micro Four Thirds lenses, have a read of these articles: Top 35 Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses and Best Budget Micro Four Thirds Lenses.


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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH Verdict

There is a lot to like about this lens. The fast maximum aperture is great for low light applications and for improving the ability to throw the background out of focus on the small MFT format. The constant f/1.7 aperture maintains these advantages right through the zoom range. In theory, it also would make calculations for manual flash simpler, but probably these days that is a relatively minor advantage for most of us. Focusing is virtually instantaneous and very, very accurate. The lens hood is too easy to release, but once aware we can watch for that.

Of course, the icing on the cake is the quality of the results, with the one exception of a possibility of flare. Overall though, a superb bit of kit and a lovely lens to complement the MFT system.

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH Pros

  • Outstanding sharpness centrally
  • Very low distortion figures
  • Well-controlled CA
  • Decent bokeh
  • Low levels of vignetting
  • High-quality manufacture
  • Dust and splash resistance
  • Fast and accurate AF
  • Click-free aperture control for video

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH Cons

  • Ambivalent description of level of moisture resistance
  • Lenshood catch easily released accidentally
  • Susceptible to flare with backlighting

 

Features4.5/5
Handling4.5/5
Performance5/5
Value4/5
Overall Verdict

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