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Old 14th August 2012
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17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

What would you choose and why?
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

I have both..the 17 came with the kit but unfortunately the front element got badly scratched (I blame the dog) I thought it was a fine lens before that, then bought the 20mm as a replacement and thought that was better. A good bit faster - so better out of focus background and possible a little sharper. It feels more robust. 20mm is equivalent to 40mm FF and a bit better as a standard than the wider 17mm (equiv 34mm). The 20mm lives on my E-P1 as a standard lens - its not as compact as the 17mm and does not look as good on the Olympus as the 17 does. I'd love to get a new 17mm but its hard to justify.
so in favour of the 20mm...faster, better absolute IQ, better focal length as a standard lens....in favour of the 17mm...better looking on an Olympus, a bit wider view. Heart buys Olympus, Head buys Panasonic......like most people I have a heart and a head.
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

Lumix 20mm f/1.7.

You gotta love f/1.7...

I had the Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 and I was pleased with it.
I find 34-35mm to be excellent focal length for street photogpraphy and it was my standard lens back when I had the E-P1 (looked awesome too!).

I had the chance however to trade the Zuiko for the Lumix (+ a money diff.) and never reget it. It is a bit faster and ultra sharp even wide open (center sharpness that is).
There is quite a difference between f/1.7 and f/2.8 (1,5 f-stops) and when it gets darker, you realize that the Lumix was the lens to pick.
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

That's really interesting thanks for sharing your opinions guys. Not in a position to buy one just at the minute, opposite really as I need to free up some funds. But I have some options, one of them being m43 and to sell my 4/3 gear.
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

Even though I love the way my 17mm takes great photos, that F1.7 max aperture on the 20mm would tempt me if it was a straight (no price difference) choice.
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

I've heard the Pany 20mm can be a little slow to focus on Olympus cameras. But f1.7. This would be my choice.
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

I had the 20mm for my Panasonic cameras but swapped that for a 25mm 1.4 -- no regrets there. Had considered keeping the 20mm for the Pen mini but in the end got a second hand 17mm. It simply looks much nicer on the Mini and adds to the portability. It's also a slightly more useful focal length for what is largely a social camera and backup to the E-M5. Purely on IQ, the 20mm is often much better on edge sharpness and is also faster. For overall rendering I perhaps prefer the Oly slightly (the 20 can seem a bit fierce at times) but taking everything into account the 20mm certainly has the edge on a purely technical level. Both are first generation products with relatively slow autofocus.

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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

I have never used the 17mm so cant comment, but my panasonic 20mm and Ep1 are almost inseparable. I don't mind the looks mostly use for street and travel on account of the small size, another plus is takes up very little room in my cycle panniers. I am sure that it would be hard to be disappointed either way. Having bought the 20mm it makes no sense for me to buy a 17mm. Given the choice again, the F1.7 would sell it to me. Most of my street shots are at F2 and the detail is impressive!
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Re: 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

Given the prices of the lens in question, I'd be inclined to opt for the xz-1. Put simply, an extra extremely pocketable camera with an f1.8-2.5 16-24mm lens and x4 zoom it really comes into its own in crowded/street life situations. Takes video and with a low-light option it doesn't draw attention [flash] to itself for those candid shots.

I took some as is indoor shots of my grandson without flash - reasons to be happy - and Catherin Spickerud has some cracking shots with this very camera. Well worth a look.
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