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  • 17mm olympus or 20mm panasonic

    What would you choose and why?
    Chris

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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.
      After breaking through the technology barrier,
      you run into the barrier of accepted wisdom.
      -Yoshihisa Maitani

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      • #4
        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.
        Chris

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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.
            Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
            Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
            Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
            Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
            Learn something new every day

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            • #7
              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.

              David

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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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.
                  It's not what inspires us that is important, it's where the journey takes us.

                  Wally and his Collie with our Oly bits & bobs

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