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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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The enigma that is the 25mm

OK, 'Here he goes again' I hear you all groan, but these two lenses are bugging me.

Oly 25 f1.8.
Review available.
Price till the new year 229 (after 50 cash back) then 279.

Panny 25 f1.7.
Review UN-available, yet.
Pre-order price in UK 159.

Comparative reviews are therefore UN-available.

The 'bugging-me' bit....

Is the Panny 159 a come and buy me, short term price, later to be increased to nearer the Oly?

Will the Oly 279 be reduced to nearer an increased Panny price of ????

Should one bite the bullet and buy the Oly before the 50 cash back expires?

And what of comparative IQ.

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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

I bought the 25mm f1.8 soon after it was released. But I used it as much as I used my Zuiko 50mm f1.8 in my film days (not a lot) and decided to sell it on. It is a very sharp lens but the focal length was just too 'normal' for me. The 12-40 f2.8 covers the 25mm focal length adequately. If I was buying this focal length prime again, I would certainly go for the Oly as it is so tiny and unobtrusive.
I suppose the question that you should ask yourself is how much you think you would use the lens. I should have done this before I bought mine.......
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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

If you really are into "standard" lens then the PanLeica 25mm f/1.4 is excellent.
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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

I'm eyeing these two lenses with a view to buy, several places have the Panasonic 25mm F1.7 in stock now at 160.
The PanLeica looks lovely but it's substantially more than the Olympus and much, much more than the F1.7.
I keep googling for reviews but for now I'm sitting on my hands hoping to see a review or 2 for the cheap Panasonic.
The fact that I could drive to WEX down the road and buy it isn't any problem at all
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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

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If you really are into "standard" lens then the PanLeica 25mm f/1.4 is excellent.
I've had this lens, the inability of the hood to reverse for stowage drove me mad.
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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

I keep thinking about the oly 25 but can't quite make my mind up between that and the 17mm. currently I find I am using the 45mm 1.8 more than anything else?
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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

I have the F2.8 17mm Olympus - which I like but seem to seldom use?
I have the F1.8 45mm Olympus - which I love esp. for its low light performance but is often too long e.g. taking pictures of special meals at a restaurant which is why either the Olympus F1.8 or Panasonic F1.7 at 25mm really appeal.
I'll probably end up getting the Panasonic for Christmas as the Olympus is too much even with cashback.
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If you really are into "standard" lens then the PanLeica 25mm f/1.4 is excellent.
I have that lens and love it, excellent IQ and I even like the size and weight.

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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

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I've had this lens, the inability of the hood to reverse for stowage drove me mad.
The 14-42 EZ fits perfectly inside the hood, so it all fits in the bag very nicely...
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I have the F2.8 17mm Olympus - which I like but seem to seldom use?
I have the F1.8 45mm Olympus - which I love esp. for its low light performance but is often too long e.g. taking pictures of special meals at a restaurant which is why either the Olympus F1.8 or Panasonic F1.7 at 25mm really appeal.
I'll probably end up getting the Panasonic for Christmas as the Olympus is too much even with cashback.
But the Panasonic 25mm f1.7 which was announced on 16 July as "under development" is still not available and nothing much is known about its performance apart from an outline spec. This is the reason for Dave's post and his current angst. Contrary to your earlier post the lens is not "in stock" with UK retailers but is listed by some as "pre-order" with no indication of likely availability date and no reviews have yet been seen.

I have the Olympus 45mm, 25mm and 17mm lenses which are all superb for the types of photography to which they are apropriate. It can as yet only be a matter of speculation as to how good the lower priced Panasonic will be in practice.

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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

I haven't used the Olympus 25mm but I have just been looking at Robin Wong's review of it and it is obviously an excellent lens. In fact he goes so far as to say that it is as sharp as, if not sharper than, the 45mm f1.8, which is praise indeed.

I think it is unlikely that the Panasonic 25mm will perform much, if any, better than the Olympus, so it is really a personal decision on how important the 70 difference in price is to you. It is always difficult working out the best time to by photographic equipment and I always seem to get it wrong. Incidentally, looking at Camerapricebuster today the cheapest price for the Olympus lens appears to be 284.99, so perhaps the price is rising, rather than falling.

I was originally going to make a clever remark about remembering to factor in the cost of a lens hood with the Olympus lens but I see that it actually comes with one. I will never understand Olympus's policy on lens hoods. It seems to be a complete lottery whether you get one with your lens or not.

Good luck with your decision Dave.

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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

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But the Panasonic 25mm f1.7 which was announced on 16 July as "under development" is still not available and nothing much is known about its performance apart from an outline spec. This is the reason for Dave's post and his current angst. Contrary to your earlier post the lens is not "in stock" with UK retailers but is listed by some as "pre-order" with no indication of likely availability date and no reviews have yet been seen.
I've been stalking this lens it IS in stock at Wex photographic
"Order within 8 hours 49 minutes for Delivery on Thursday 12th November"
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-p...s-fit/p1581406
The black version came into stock and then sold out at the same retailer.

In another forum someone has just pointed out that the Panasonic Leica F1.4 25mm can be bought for 250 on eBay (grey import but UK shipped).

The Olympus F1.8 seems to have gone up a bit recently - presumably because you can get 50 cashback at the moment.

A comparative review would be really helpful!
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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

I'm tempted by a silver 25 f1.8 to match my 12mm & 45mm primes.
Time will tell

What I find puzzling is that the Canon nifty fifty f1.8 can be bought for around 80 new - less than a third of the pre cashback price of the Olympus

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I've been stalking this lens it IS in stock at Wex photographic
"Order within 8 hours 49 minutes for Delivery on Thursday 12th November"
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-p...s-fit/p1581406
A comparative review would be really helpful!
That's a more realistic price!!
Yes, a comparative review would make interesting reading

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Re: The enigma that is the 25mm

The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 was my favourite lens before it got stolen. You get lovely bokeh with it, and is great for taking pictures when out with friends. I tried the Oly 45mm again the other week instead of the 12-40 f2.8 which i find quite heavy and bulky for carrying around, but found I had to go miles back to get people in frame.
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