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Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens Video Review

David Thorpe gives his review of the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 Micro Four Thirds lens in his latest video.

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The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH lens is an affordable prime for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras and it's the focus of David Thorpe's latest video review. 
In the review, David comments on the lens' light-weight, plastic construction, saying: "Even though the lens doesn't have the nice 'made of metal' feel such as the Olympus 17mm f/1.8, it does feel well made." 
David also praises the lens for its 'grippy' focusing ring and smooth focusing, plus he says you get 'nicely limited depth of field (DOF) at full aperture' and that you can get 'extra sharpness by stopping down beyond f/2 but it is only really necessary to get extra DOF.' 

"The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH deserves high praise and it's a bargain," David Thorpe. 

David points out that there's no stabilisation or aperture ring like on the 15mm f/1.7 but he does say that when shooting at f/2, you get a fast shutter speed even when using ISO200 so the fact that the lens isn't stabilised doesn't matter so much. 
Lumix 25mm F1,7 Top View With Lens Hood
A light source shining directly into, or as near to, the lens can cause some flare and loss of contrast, says David, but the deep lens hood supplied with the lens helps with this and no problems occurred when shooting with backlight. 
David didn't report any apparent distortion or purple fringing on shots captured of buildings and usefully, the lens focuses more closely than most 25mm lenses (down to less than 30cm). David also says the angle of view makes the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH a very versatile lens - just long enough for portraits and short enough for landscapes. It's also the length of choice for many street photographers too. 
Overall, if you have a standard or superzoom, David says it's hard to think of a more useful second lens than this one. 
Take a look at some of the sample images John Riley captured with the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH when he put it to test for ePHOTOzine below. 

Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH Sample Photos


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dannyr 11 46 United Kingdom
24 May 2016 9:41AM
Its a great "Bang for the buck" (Sorry David). I put it up there with the Sigma 19/30/60mm for value for money.

The 50mm field of view is not to my taste, but if you like it, I really don't think you can go wrong buying this lens. It does make the Olympus version kind of redundant as it's more expensive and I think not optically any better and the Panasonic comes with a lens hood!

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