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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Review - Verdict

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Leica Dg Vario Summilux 25 50mm F1,7 With Hood On Panasonic G9 | 1/4 sec | f/16.0 | 36.0 mm | ISO 100
 

Value For Money

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 Asph lens is priced at £1799. This is the same price as the 10-25mm was introduced at two years ago, although that is now available at £1595.

There are no real exact alternatives, but maybe consider:

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, £1099.

This does not have the same speed, but does have a longer range.

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All things considered, if we need the fast, bright f/1.7 aperture then the new Panasonic fits the bill and is fair value for money. Not cheap, but fair, considering its ergonomics and quality of results.

For more options have a look at the Top 43 Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses.

 

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Verdict

If I were a Panasonic MFT user, then I would be looking very closely at this lens. It is a remarkably useful lens, focusing close, delivering superb quality, handling well. I can even forgive the catch on the lens hood as it can be worked around. The changeover point of 25mm with its f/1.7 sibling seems to have been finely judged and the two lenses together would make a powerful pair indeed.

The description of moisture and dust resistance seems to be hedging bets a little, but Panasonic are not alone in being slightly vague on the matter. The price is also quite high, but that is reflected in the quality offered.

In summary, overall the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH is a very fine lens well worth very serious consideration. Highly recommended.

Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Pros

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

Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Cons

  • Ambivalent description of the level of moisture resistance
  • Lens hood catch easily released accidentally

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

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