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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO vs PanLeica 25mm f1.4

The new Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO seems very nice but at 1099 is well over twice as expensive as the old PanLeica 25mm f1.4. I have the latter and thought it was optically one of the best lenses that I have ever used. Despite the brighter aperture and the PRO treatment, is it worth shelling out that much more money?
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Re: Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO vs PanLeica 25mm f1.4

There's a nice comparison of the dof effects of this lens vs the 1.8 Oly version on Rob Pugh's blog.

It's relatively absolutely massive: Rob says he'll be using it for street photography, but personally I think it'd be comically large for that! It's also too narrow for me for that.

How often would one _really_ use it between f1.2 and 1.79??? Or f1.2 and 1.39 in your case???

This is a crowded sector, also with the Voigtlander f0.9 and the Panasonic f1.7 and probably others I've forgotten, plus the 20mm.

I liked the images from the PL 1.4 I owned, but I'd comment that the design didn't give much of the classic Summilux "sharp centre and slightly dreamy peripheries" effect that the old 4/3 version did (and which I still rather miss). DXOmark didn't think it very special, but that means virtually nothing in real life usage.

I'm sure the 1.2 will give stellar test results and the weather proofing will be genuinely useful, but I return to my overall view that for me this would be a dead weight and volume in my kit for 99% of the time I was carrying it.

YMMD! But personally I'd rather put the dosh towards other things in the next year or two which will be more likely to improve all my photography or allow me to do things I can't at the moment (probably a 100-400, E-M1ii and some more photo workshops, in no particular order...!).
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Re: Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO vs PanLeica 25mm f1.4

I owned the 25/1.4 and 25/1.8 at the same time and did lots of comparison shots between them. Whilst the 1.4 delivered slightly more background blur the difference wasn't enormous. In sharpness terms there was nothing to choose between them.

So, I sold the 1.4 purely based on size and weight. It seems the new 50/1.2 is about the size of the 12-40 which makes it 2-3 times bigger than even the 1.4. In mu43 terms that's huge for a short prime. It's definitely not a lens on my shopping list. If I need more DOF separation I'll just use the 45 and step back.
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Re: Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO vs PanLeica 25mm f1.4

Got to have a quick play of Damian McGillicudy's copy on Wednesday. It is certainly a beautiful lens and a stop less to push the iso but it is big and probably more use in a studio.
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