I started with a hybrid Lumix camera on a camera with a lens supplied in a pack. When I wanted to make even more progress in photography, I looked at the lenses compatible with my Lumix G7. As I wanted to improve my portrait skills on a small budget, I opted for the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 from Panasonic. And then, a new field of possibilities in photography opened up for me. Today, it is my cheap, all-purpose Lumix lens that I always have with me. If you are also looking for a portrait lens compatible with your Lumix camera, here is my review and field test of the Lumix G 25 mm f1.7.
Lumix G 25mm f1.7: handling and technical features
Technical specifications of Panasonic Lumix G 25 mm f1.7
- Mounting type: Micro 4/3
- Compatibility: Panasonic Lumix and Olympus
- Fixed focal length: 25 mm (full format equivalent of a 50mm)
- Opening: 1.7
- Weight: 125 grams
- Length: 5.2 cm
- Diameter: 46
- Minimum focus: 0.25 cm
- Tropicalized: NO
- Stabilization: NO
- Accessories included: lens cover, sun visor.
Handling of the Lumix 25 mm f1.7 lens
The Lumix G 25mm is a small compact lens with a super aperture at an unbeatable price. Of course, at less than $200, with this cheap Lumix lens, don’t expect a high quality design. The lens is in plastic but whatever, that’s not what matters.
Once fixed on your body, you will discover a brand new camera.
The first time I used it was in the evening, and I thought to myself, “Well, did we turn on a bigger light? “. So much the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 is much brighter than a zoom lens supplied as a kit with an aperture f3.5-5.6 for example. Since I wasn’t familiar with the world of optics, photographing with this lens was a revelation!
Which use for this Panasonic Lumix 25 mm f1.7 lens?
With a fixed focal length of 25mm (no zoom possible) and an aperture of f1.7, the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 is ideal for portraits. I use it 90% to make portraits of our son in the park and at home.
However, this is far from being its only use. Very easy to use, since I bought it, I take all our family photos – indoors – with it (holidays, birthdays, Christmas, etc.).
In fact, the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 is much more versatile than a 42.5mm focal length lens because you will rarely have enough distance, especially indoors. The 42.5mm focal length is more for close-up portraits. That’s why I think the Lumix 25mm is an ideal first complementary lens. The best is, like us, to have both and to juggle according to your needs!
When travelling too, we take the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 with us. If you visit somber places like a religious building or an aquarium, for example, with this lens you won’t need a flash or a tripod. Remember how difficult it is to photograph your children’s amazed faces in front of an aquarium window. And this, in all discretion, given the compactness of this lens.
Finally, with this 25mm focal length we can see more or less at the same level as the human eye, which also allows us to take pictures of landscapes that do not require too much distance. At night, you will not need a tripod or flash, as for example to take pictures of Christmas lights.
Lumix G 25mm f1.7 test condition
Duration of the test: 17 months (use of the product still in progress)
Frequency of use: regular
Type of shooting: landscape, portrait, child, family photo
Shooting conditions: outdoor, indoor. Rain or shine, Daytime pictures, pictures at the end of the day. Night shots.
Temperature during shooting: from 2°C to 28°C
Included accessories: lens cap, sun visor and protective cover
Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f1.7 : review
My best pictures with the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 are those of my son and our family. With this lens, I made a big progress in portrait photo. Today, we have wonderful memories of the first 4-legged, the first carrot purée, or the first walks in the park…! In autumn and winter, it is almost impossible to take pictures of babies or children with the low light levels available at this time of year. This small, very bright and inexpensive lens then becomes essential.
Using the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 was a revelation, I immediately understood the importance of choosing the right lenses as much as the right camera body.
The photo quality is there at an unbeatable price. The photos are very sharp and the bokeh is soft. This Lumix G 25mm f1.7 lens is a small bomb! It is one of the best micro 4/3 lens to purchase.
If you can’t buy for a second lens, take only this one! Not only will you not be disappointed, but you will also be able to greatly improve your photos. I have lens with different price ranges and I always recommend this one to try portrait with a fixed focal length.
Very compact, it fits everywhere, so we always take it on a trip with us because it barely encumbers our backpacks. So, as soon as we need a lens with more light when visiting or even in a restaurant, you can mount it on one of our cameras. The only disadvantage is that it is not tropicalized, so it is vulnerable to humidity.
As for the lack of stabilization, having used it for a long time on an unstabilized Lumix G7 as well, Benoît, like me, we have never felt any discomfort.
If you hesitate, once you have purchased the Lumix G 25mm f1.7 you will wonder why you didn’t buy it sooner!
The only risk you take when buying this lens is, like us, to want to buy other lenses to improve even more!
Lumix 25mm f1.7 Photo Gallery
To get a better overview, here is our photo gallery of the Lumix G 25mm f1.7. No photos are retouched, but they are reduced in size so as not to make the page heavier.
Lumix G 25mm f.7 review and field test, in brief