February 23rd 2010 1:01 am

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SLR Gear says:

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With excellent results for sharpness, resistance to chromatic aberration and essentially no distortion, Panasonic has done well with the 20mm ƒ/1.7, and we've been having fun shooting with it. For a really compact shooting package, the lens is a worthwhile investment. quote


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Critic reviews

8.9
5 reviews
  • Sharpness
    9.4
  • Build quality
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Size and weight
    9.7

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9.8
9 reviews
9.0
Digital Photography Review Sep 25, 2009

...the 20mm F1.7 is the first must-have lens for Micro Four Thirds, and one which especially makes sense with the compact-bodied E-P1 and GF1. On these cameras it provides a winning combination of small size, high all-round image quality and excellent low-light capability.

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9.0
SLR Gear Sep 30, 2009

With excellent results for sharpness, resistance to chromatic aberration and essentially no distortion, Panasonic has done well with the 20mm ƒ/1.7, and we've been having fun shooting with it. For a really compact shooting package, the lens is a worthwhile investment.

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9.0
Photo Review Sep 1, 2009

...lens will be offered with the camera body and makes an attractive kit option for serious photographers. Compact enough to make the GF1 a pocketable option, it also provides a fast f/1.7 maximum aperture that lets photographers shoot with a shallow depth-of-field.

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9.0
Steve Huff Photo Jan 18, 2010

The Panasonic 20 1.7 lens is one of those “must own” lenses if you have a m4/3 camera like the E-P1, E-P2, GF1, GH1, etc. Its light, fairly quick, small, has a fast 1.7 maximum aperture and is sharp as you could ask for. At $399 it is a bargain in my opinion.

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8.0
Photozone Oct 9, 2009

We had much fun with the lens out there but we do also feel that it's a bit over-hyped especially considering its rather high price point and the need to correct some of its design problems via auto-correction during post-processing.

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10
PavelUrusov PavelUrusov

This is probably the best Micro 4/3 lens available at the moment. It's very sharp even wide open and has pleasant bokeh. AF is surprisingly fast, too. Build quality is great for such a small item. The lens itself is made of high quality plastics and the mount is metal. The best part of the...

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10
danneskjold danneskjold

I bought my GF1 with the 14-45mm kit because the 20mm kit was so hard to find. The 14-45 is a nice lens but not very fast. After a few weeks I finally got the 20mm on order by itself and got it on my GF1. Since then I have also purchased the Lumix 45-200mm lens and I just have to say that I...

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10
evilsoapbox evilsoapbox

This lens is sharp, lightweight, and a consistent performer in a variety of light conditions. I use this lens in conjunction with ann Olympus PEN EP-2 and it works very well. The focal length is perfect for a "walk around" lens and it's small size means the camera and lens will fit in pockets,...

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