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PANASONIC LEICA 15MM F1.7 LENS (M4/3) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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  • 15mm Wide Leica Lens
  • Wide bright F1.7 Aperture
  • External Aperture Ring
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  • 15mm Wide Leica Lens
  • Wide bright F1.7 Aperture
  • External Aperture Ring
  • Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • High-Precision, High-Speed AF:
  • Stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both photo and video recording
  • Notably the performance of AF is by far superior to the phase-difference AF when fast lens with smaller F value is used
  • When mounted on the cameras of LUMIX G, you can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF system
  • 9 elements in 7 groups:
  • 3 aspherical lenses
  • Nano Surface Coating:
  • With Panasonic's Nano Surface technology the reflection is dramatically minimized at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.
  • Compatibility:
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-GX7
  • Panasonic DMC-GF6
  • Panasonic DMC-G6
  • Panasonic DMC-GH3

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Mirrorless Lenses
Focal Length: 15mm
Maximum Aperture: f/1.7
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/1.7, Min: f/16
Camera Mount Type: Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format: Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View: 72 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.2m / 0.66 ft.
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.1x
Groups/Elements: 7 Groups/9 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No


Filter Thread: 46mm
Dimensions (DxL): 57.5 x 36mm / 2.26 x 1.42 in.
Weight: 115 g / 4.06 oz.

Additional Information

Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lens is a game changer "This lens, designed by Leica and built in Japan by Panasonic, is a real game-changer for photographers who like to use a wide-angle lens at close focus (see later in this review). It is also an excellent all-purpose Рwalk aboutУ lens if you only want one compact lens and arenђt doing bird, sport, or wildlife photography. In my resolution tests the lens produces a sharp image centre at all apertures, even wide open. It is consistently sharp f:1.7 through f:8, both in the centre and in the corners, though the corners are roughly 10-12% less sharp than centre (in line pairs resolved). I can rely on sharpness across the frame for most situations, with apertures from f:1.7 through f:8. I didnђt bother testing at f:11 or f:16, as Iђve found with all MFT lenses that image sharpness suffers from diffraction at those apertures, and I never use them unless I want a star flare from the sun. Besides, with an MFT lens at f:8 you get the same depth of field someone would get on a full frame camera at double the focal length and f:16. In this case, a 30mm lens at f:16. I canђt imagine many situations in any equivalent format Iђd want or need more than f:16 full-frame-equivalent depth of field. I traded my Olympus 12mm f2 lens for this Panasonic, because Iђve found the Olympus suffers from a noticeable drop in sharpness relative to its excellent centre sharpness, at all apertures. The 15mm f1.7 tests noticeably sharper in the corners than the 12mm f2, while matching the centre sharpness of that lens, at all apertures I tested. My study of the Lenstip website tests of both lenses confirms it wasnђt just my particular units where this is true. When I use a wide-angle lens, I donђt want the corners significantly softer than the centre, the way I might want or wouldnђt mind with a portrait or telephoto lens. With my cameras with their IBIS updated to the latest firmware, I can generally count on a sharp hand-held image with this lens with shutter speeds down to and including 1/6 second (on my GX8) and 1/4 second (on my G85). The game changer for me is the full-frame-equivalent close-focus macro ratio of 1:5, which beats the socks off any other Lumix lens at this focal length (on the 7-14mm f4, 12-35mm f2.8, and 12-60mm f3.5-5.6). The 15mm f1.7 not only gets me closer to the principle subject, at apertures from f1.7-2.8 or so, it produces gorgeous bokeh at close focus. Or you can stop the lens to f:4-8 and render the background reasonably sharp even at close focus. You can focus reasonably close (20 cm from the focal plane or (on my GX8) about 12.5 cm from the front of the lens hood, 14.5 cm from the front edge of the lens barrel). None of my comparable zoom lenses (7-14, 12-35, 12-60, and 14-140) can get that close at 14-15mm focal length with anything like a 1:5 magnification. Many zoom lenses (and macro lenses) can give larger magnification ratios than 1:5, but only at much longer focal lengths, which means the background is much more cropped than with the 15mm lens. This 15mm lens gives a close-focus perspective Iђve never seen with any zoom lens or macro lens Iђve ever owned. The lens takes 46mm screw-in filters, but not if the lens hood is attached. The lens hood has its own cap, to protect the front element of the lens when the hood is attached, or you can use the lensђs front cap to protect either the front element or any filter attached to the lens. The hood only extends about 2 cm beyond the lens barrel and arguably offers only limited protection from flare, so one might more simply leave attached to the lens a UV or protective filter, or to taste a polarizer, as long as the filter is one of the better ones with anti-flare coating on both surfaces. The nano-surface coating on the lens itself handles light flare very well on its own. AF/MF switch on lens barrel will force MF even if the camera AF switch is set to AFS or AFC. This is actually a good idea, as I find that switch is convenient to the focus ring and IMO quicker and more intuitive to use than the AF/MF switch on my camera bodies. The focus ring has a silky-smooth, beautiful operation, as youђd expect with a Leica-designed lens. The aperture ring is easy to grip, and has 1/3-EV click stops throughout the range. There is an f:1.8 click between the f:1.7 and f:2 setting, then then two 1/3 EV click stops between every other standard aperture setting from f:2 through f:16. The aperture ring operation needs a little explanation. In addition to the standard aperture settings there is an A automatic setting next to the f:1.7 setting on the ring. In Aperture Priority and Manual Exposure modes, you can set the aperture ring either to A (which allows you to control the aperture manually with the appropriate camera dial), or you set the lensђs aperture ring manually to the preferred aperture (which thereby disables the camera aperture dial). In Program or Shutter Priority mode, the camera will automatically control the aperture to match exposure and any exposure compensation you set, no matter where the aperture ring is set on the lens (so you donђt need to reset the ring from a manual to the A setting when switching from A or M to P or S modes). The lens comes with a Рdecorative ringУ which must be removed before you can attach the lens hood. The ring serves no functional purpose and the РdecorationУ doesnђt impress me particularly, so Iђve removed it and store it in the original box in the unlikely event Iђd ever want to sell or trade this lens."
Date published: 2017-07-20
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