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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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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

Great pics there Paul, but I wish you hadn't posted them. I now want want one!!
Did you get rid of the 20mm?? I know you said that the AF speed wasn't what you'd hoped for with that. Nice shot of the Chinese writing, was this shot wide open?
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

#1 is a great shot, just what the lens was made for. But as you say, a bit pricey in comparison to the 45mm.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

I believe the 25mm f/1.8 is being sold for £250 here at the Photography Show this week.

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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

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I believe the 25mm f/1.8 is being sold for £250 here at the Photography Show this week.

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At that price I think it's excellent value.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

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I believe the 25mm f/1.8 is being sold for £250 here at the Photography Show this week.

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Hope they've none left tomorrow.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

Looking very good, thanks for taking the time to put that together Paul.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

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Yes - lens hood included.

Oh - a small point, but some may think it's significant. Unlike most of the smaller Oly u43 lenses, this one's made in Japan - not China. This isn't a factor for me (in fact, my 45 is made in China), but thought I'd mention it.

PS - maybe this is why it's 1.5x the price of 45 !
Nah, the high price is all down to the lens hood - they are making sure you buy one of these ridiculously prices accessories instead of getting a much cheaper 3rd party alternative!

On the plus side your initial report is very encouraging and if your two pictures are anything to go by it's an absolute bargain - although of course you must take a little of the credit.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

Bought one today ...that ring is tight but came off at the second go. I will try some comparison shots against my Pana 25 before I put it on eBay tomorrow. Thanks for the review above.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

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Hope they've none left tomorrow.
They certainly had some left on both the Cameraworld and LCE stands as I left. I am sure that it will be a good lens and is not something I have had (in focal length and speed terms) since my OM film days. If you see it Stephen, you will get it! I will have to look for subjects to which it is suited.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

I've just done a simple comparison test and the Panasonic appears to be a bit sharper in the centre until you stop down to f2.8 when they look pretty similar - at the edge the Panasonic is better until f5.6……….this is the set up


In this test i've used a tripod, set aperture priority, ISO100 and used the label inside the guitar sound hole as the centre and the Taylor label at the top of the guitar at edge…as I say a simple test.

Just my initial observations…I don't think this will matter in practical situations…I'm pixel peeping here (100% on the screen)…there is really not much difference from f2.8 onwards….at 50% on the screen (so the image is poster size - 16" wide as measured on my iMac 27" screen) you can't see much difference if any at all at f1.8. Contrast and colour look similar.
In conclusion - the Panasonic will be on ebay tomorrow!
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

No sharpening applied...
Panasonic at f1.8

Olympus at f1.8

theres nothing in it!
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

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No sharpening applied...
Panasonic at f1.8

Olympus at f1.8

theres nothing in it!

They're "close" indeed, but to 'my eye' the image taken with the Pana/Leica is a tad sharper.

If one owns neither but wants a 25mm the Olympus is admittedly both smaller and cheaper however if one already owns the Pana/Leica I see little benefit in changing it for the Olympus unless the physical size is the reason. Why lose money an an already extremely good lens when it's replacement appears to be "just as good but no better".

As much as I like my Olympus lenses I see no point in 'switching' in this case, but that's just me.

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They're "close" indeed, but to 'my eye' the image taken with the Pana/Leica is a tad sharper.

If one owns neither but wants a 25mm the Olympus is admittedly both smaller and cheaper however if one already owns the Pana/Leica I see little benefit in changing it for the Olympus unless the physical size is the reason. Why lose money an an already extremely good lens when it's replacement appears to be "just as good but no better".

As much as I like my Olympus lenses I see no point in 'switching' in this case, but that's just me.

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I very much agree with this, the only other issue may be focus speed but I doubt it. I'd be chuffed to have either.
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Re: First impressions of the 25mm f1.8

I prefer the Olympus on the E-M5 and E-PL5…looks better and feels better…..its a good job because I've just sold my panasonic on ebay for £280!
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