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Old 20th May 2018
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Prime M43 Lens?

What is 'the' 20mm or thereabouts prime lens for M43?

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Re: Prime M43 Lens?

For a 20mm, I suppose you have to go with the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake lens... but for the ultimate 'standard' lens then the choice is between the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4.

A full comparison of the two is given at https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/mic...ica-25mm-f1-4/
which concludes:
"Given that the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 costs double the price of the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, it makes perfect sense that the former outperforms the latter in many ways. Sharpness is better at the fastest apertures, the bokeh is smoother, there are fewer aberrations and the autofocus mechanism is faster and more discreet for stills. What’s more, the build quality is excellent and the lens is easier to use thanks to its precise focus ring, function button and reversible hood.

Price aside, the real advantage of the Panasonic lens can be found in its compactness. Because it is so small, you can easily find space for it inside any camera bag, or even your jacket pocket if you plan to travel light, and it will never weigh you down. You could argue that the Olympus lens is small compared to an equivalent DSLR lens – and you’d be right – but it isn’t the kind of lens you could slip inside your bag or pocket as an afterthought. And although the optical quality is inferior, the capabilities of the Panasonic lens remains excellent and can satisfy your needs in many situations."

Note the best current prices in the UK are 449 for the Panasonic Leica and 979 for the Olympus Pro. (But as the Panasonic Leica has been around for years it is much easier to pick up secondhand.)
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Re: Prime M43 Lens?

The Olympus 25mm f1.2 has the 150 cashback offer on atm, of course, so at SRS (for example) its currently 799 after cashback.
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Re: Prime M43 Lens?

If you don't need f/1.2 or f/1.4, both the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and the 25mm f/1.8 are pretty good
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Re: Prime M43 Lens?

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If you don't need f/1.2 or f/1.4, both the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and the 25mm f/1.8 are pretty good
I know the 17/2.8 isn't in the same class as the 1.8, but even so it works very well for me. I love it's small size too.
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Re: Prime M43 Lens?

Olympus has a long history of producing "gems": The OM 50mm f/1.4 the OM 24mm f/2.8 were excellent. The M-Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 and the 17mm f/1.8 are also excellent and unless you really need the large aperture are true value for money, especially the 45mm f/1.8
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