Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds

Last updated (03 August’12):
- Review by Lenstip

The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds features 25mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/1.4. The lens construction has 10 elements in 9 groups inc. 1x aspherical, 1x Super-ED and 3x ED elements and has diagonal angle of view at 47 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.38m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens weighs 1.1 pounds and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds and writes;
“The price, that the Four Thirds system pays for the small detectors, is the need to use shorter focal lengths and this entails in turn more geometric distortion on the frame edge. In the case of the tested Leica the manufacturers handled that aberration pretty well, because the distortion level, barrel, measured by us, amounted to -0.97%. The value in itself is not perhaps very low but it will be almost imperceptible on real life photos. “
rating: N/A

Popphoto reviews the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds and writes;
“With this level of sharpness, speed, and distortion control, this lens will be scooped up by Olympus as well as Panasonic shooters. With its Leica-like pricing, however, those who can live with the compromised distortion may opt to save $371 with the Sigma 30mm.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds and writes;
“The Leica is indeed fully usable at f/1.4 with a bitingly sharp center, a very good border/corner performance and very high contrast. At f/2 its center quality beats everything we’ve seen to far here in the local four-thirds tests (and probably beyond). The “bokeh” (quality out-of-focus blur) is generally very good except in the image corners where it deteriorates somewhat. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds and writes;
“Micro Four Thirds camera owners after the classic field of view offered by a standard lens will not be disappointed by the optical performance of this lens. It is a very sharp, contrasty optic, worthy of the Leica branding applied.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds and writes;
“Optically the Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH is an excellent performer. You can safely use it wide open for maximum bokeh and still achieve sharp results in the centre of the frame, or for optimum performance stop down to f/4, where even the edges of the frame look sharp. Chromatic aberrations are almost completely absent, while distortions are automatically corrected on both Olympus and Panasonic bodies.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds User Reviews

Brilliant
“I was able to take night shots like I have never done before. The lens is fast, clear and the autofocus smooth and quick. The aperture ring is a joy to play with (if you have a Panasonic L1 or Leica Digilux 3) and the out of focus blur (bokeh) is remarkable.” – By N. Iqbal
Rating: ★★★★★

German engineering Japanese manufacturing A1
“I agree this lens is brilliant – sharp, superb smooth bookeh, and great low light performance. This prime lens (i.e. it is not a zoom) forces you to be in the scene which makes for a more authentic almost immersive viewer perspective as the perspective is very close to the human eye.” – By M. Sallai
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this lens
“If you’re looking at this lens, you know what it is. It’s a classic, standard angle, fast prime lens. The low light performance at f/1.4 is great. AF speed is slow though on my E-600.. The lens is pretty sharp at f/1.4 and I would say as sharp as it gets by f/2.8. Diffraction sets in by f/11. I wish it has a DOF on the lens, but I guess you have to buy old glass these days to get that feature. It is on my camera 75% of the time.” – By James R. Knight
Rating: ★★★★☆

Superb. Unique
“This lens is big and chunky, which works great on the E3/E5 (and E1 I assume), but seems oversized on other bodies. This of course is not a real negative considering the amazing image quality even wide open.” – By H. Manduley
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent optic, exorbitant price
“AF Performance is OK. It focuses quickly enough, the noise isn’t excessive, and (for me at least) it’s dead-on accurate. I’ve heard horror stories on the ‘net about needing focus adjustment for this lens, but mine is spot on.” – By Jeremy Thornhill
Rating: ★★★★☆

Fabulous lens
“I bought this lens a few months ago from Amazon for my four thirds Olympus E5,E3 and E330 cameras and could not be happyer!!It is fast focusing,and works great in low light and also a great prtrait lens.” – By Albert E
Rating: ★★★★★

Perfect portrait and everyday lens
“I am only shooting on a GH1 and I am anxious to move to a G3 or GH2 to really see what this lens is capable of,.. I recently took the 25mm f1.4 on an evening train ride through some Christmas lights in Scottsdale AZ and captured amazing images even from a moving train car in pitch black outdoor conditions. If you do not have the 20mm and are thinking about one or the other I highly recomend the 25mm over the 20mm.” – By Matthias Lambert
Rating: ★★★★★

Brilliant! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens is fast, clear and the autofocus smooth and quick. The aperture ring is a joy to play with (if you have a Panasonic L1 or Leica Digilux 3) and the out of focus blur (bokeh) is remarkable. Its pricey, but its probably the best lens out there for the four thirds format!” – by N. Iqbal

German engineering Japanese manufacturing A1 | Rating: ★★★★★
“I agree this lens is brilliant – sharp, superb smooth bookeh, and great low light performance. This prime lens (i.e. it is not a zoom) forces you to be in the scene which makes for a more authentic almost immersive viewer perspective as the perspective is very close to the human eye.” – by M. Sallai

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Manual

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds User Manual

- Download Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds User Manual (PDF – 539kb)

Features & Specifications

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds Specifications

The LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 lens is a bright, large-diameter F1.4 standard lens. It incorporates an aperture ring and boasts as many as 10 lens elements in 9 groups, including a large-diameter aspherical lens, which assure a superb optical performance and F1.4 brightness, while one super ED (extra-low dispersion) lens and three ED lenses reduce color bleeding to an absolute minimum.


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