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Best 25mm choice

Hi, I am currently looking for a 25mm lens for an upcoming trip. Will be used as a general purpose walk round lens with mixed use indoors and out. I have read the reviews on both the Panasonic and Olympus models, both get mixed reviews, would appreciate any user experience of this lens.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

FWIW there are several 25mm options and a lot of price differences

Olympus 25mm f1.2 1200 (Jessops)
Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 Nokton II 720 (WEX)
Panasonic/Leica 25mm f1.4 450 (WEX)
Olympus 25mm f1.8 380 (WEX)
Panasonic 25mm f1.7 150 (WEX)

When I was looking I compared the Olympus 25mm f1.8 with the Panasonic 25mm f1.7 and couldn't justify the extra cost of the Olympus for the comparatively small improvement in size.

The reviews I read seemed to slightly favour the Olympus but as I never got to try one I can't be sure.

Some have reported focus shifting between full aperture preview and stopped down shooting on the Panasonic f1.7 but I've never noticed a problem.
IIRC the field of view of the Olympus was slightly larger despite them being notionally the same.

I'm pretty happy with my Panasonic 25mm f1.7 - for the money it's excellent.
However I find that the 25mm field of view is a bit long for a walkabout lens and I'm favouring the Olympus 17mm f1.8 if I go for a prime.

My P25mm f1.7 shots are here
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Re: Best 25mm choice

Thank you for the prompt reply. Sorry, should have been more specific, it was the 1.8 and 1.7 I was specifically interested in. Like you I am swayed by the Panasonic for similar reasons, it looks a very good buy.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

I got a used Oly 25/1.8 from somebody on here (sorry, forgotten who) and was very pleased with it. This probably doesn't help much as they don't seem to come up very often!

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Re: Best 25mm choice

Thank you, got a good deal on a Panasonic at MPB just now. Will be interesting.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

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Thank you, got a good deal on a Panasonic at MPB just now. Will be interesting.
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Excellent. I think it's a very good lens.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

Bit too late, but also worth considering if you can be a bit flexible on focal length is Sigma 30mm f/1.4
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Re: Best 25mm choice

I've had both the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 and the Oly f1.8. Both are very good lenses. Now I have the Sigma 30/1.4 and I think it offers something neither of the other two do.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

The Panasonic Leica 1.4 has a very awkward square hood which does not reverse fit for storage. I found it a nuisance.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

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I've had both the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 and the Oly f1.8. Both are very good lenses. Now I have the Sigma 30/1.4 and I think it offers something neither of the other two do.
I agree about the Sigma 30/1.4. Mine is rarely off the camera.

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Re: Best 25mm choice

My choice is the PanaLeica 25mm and a non reversing hood isn't enough to put me off
I use one of the screw on vented faux rangefinder hoods with a lens cap on the end.

In contrast the Sigma is huge, why does it have to be about twice the size?
Guessing its made for a range of formats and not specifically mft
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Re: Best 25mm choice

I don't think the Sigma is that much bigger than the Panasonic 25mm if the hood is excluded. It certainly is bigger, but not hugely so.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

I too use the PanLeica 25mm f/1.4 and it produces excellent results.

I actually sit my 45mm f/1.8 inside the square hood of the PL25 in the same pouch, separated with a lens cloth...
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Re: Best 25mm choice

I'm sure the PL 25mm f1.4 is a great lens but as the OP was comparing the P25mm f1.7 or O 25mm f1.8.
For my money I couldn't justify spending 3x for the f1.4 over the P f1.7.
The O f1.8 is closer to the PL but there's still a substantial difference.

I think the f1.7 is a great lens but I don't use it that often because of the field of view so I'm glad I spent 150 not more.
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Re: Best 25mm choice

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I don't think the Sigma is that much bigger than the Panasonic 25mm if the hood is excluded. It certainly is bigger, but not hugely so.
The picture showing them together may be an optical illusion, but I doubt it.
Looks like a fair bit of difference to me https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sig...ds-lens-review
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