Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 Lens Review: A frugal ‘nifty-fifty’ that packs quality at a budget-friendly price


posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM EST


Back in September of last year, Panasonic surprised us with a few product announcements, including the debut of the new Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 prime lens. Joining the ranks of Panasonic's other compact, budget-friendly f/1.7 primes -- the wider 20mm f/1.7 and longer 42.5mm f/1.7 -- this latest addition is a nice, convenient middle ground with a useful 50mm-eq. focal length.

Maintaining a sleek and svelte design, this lens is extremely light and compact, like its other f/1.7 siblings. It feels right at home mounted to uber-compact Panasonic cameras like the GM5, though it pairs nicely with any larger Micro Four Thirds camera, too.

GX1: f/3.5, 1/4000s, ISO 160

We've completed our in-depth review of this compact prime lens, and the results are very good, especially when it comes to sharpness and distortion. This little lens is tack sharp, even wide-open, which is rather impressive given its bright aperture and low pricepoint of around $250. Distortion is practically a non-issue, and other optical characteristics are spot-on.

For all the details, including testing graphs, handling notes and sample lab images, check out our full Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 review. For real-world sample images shot by our lens technician Rob Murray, head over to our Flickr page.

GX1: f/4, 1/400s, ISO 160, -0.3EV
GX1: f/4.5, 1/1300s, ISO 160, -0.3EV

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