Andy Westlake puts an inexpensive fast normal prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras to the test.
Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 Asph – Build and handling
At 52mm in length, 60.8mm in diameter and 125g in weight, the 25mm f/1.7 is a fairly small lens, although it’s not as compact as Olympus’s equivalent or Panasonic’s slimline 20mm f/1.7 pancake optic. Its light weight is substantially due to plastic barrel construction, but thankfully the mount is metal, which rightly or wrongly always inspires more confidence than plastic versions. The lens feels well made considering the price, although it probably won’t stand up to as much abuse as more expensive alternatives. Because of its compact size, the lens handles well, even on small bodies such as the Panasonic GM and GF series, although it’s an equally good match for DSLR-style cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. Our review sample came in a matte-black finish, with a silver version also available.