Best Pancake Lens Micro Four Thirds

By | 12/08/2022

Best pancake for MFT?

Best pancake for MFT?


Does anyone have whatsoever thoughts on the best pancake? I’ve personally had the Lumix xx f1.7 in the past but there is also the Olympus 17mm f1.eight and a zoom I believe which could be considered a pancake. If this is not a comparison betwixt apples and oranges, could I elicit opinions on which is best sharpness/colour rendering etc or more useful in terms of being a walk around meaty lens creating a truly pocketable camera? If any anyone uses a item one could you requite an stance on why you lot prefer information technology? Has anyone used all merely fell back on using one over the others out of habit or enjoyment? Guys, any opinions are helpful.


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ahaslett •

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Pancake prime number is 12-32mm and prime is xx/, both Panasonic.  12-32 has OIS and IQ is good for a cheap tiny lens.  20/1.7 is also cheap, optically good etc.  AF is a little irksome and it’s too noisy for video.  It does CAF on an EM1.2 fine on depression burst rate.  Panasonic bodies won’t let it practise CAF.

Apart from cost effectiveness, 20mm is the middle of a typical normal range for me.

Not carried out an extensive search of pancake MFT lenses.


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gary0319 •

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Pancake/zoom…..two choices. Lumix 12-32 and Olympus fourteen-42. I’ve had both and, opposite to what some say, found the IQ to be equal. If 12mm is important, option the Lumix, merely if manual focus ring is important (it is to me) pick the Olympus.

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Samuel Dilworth

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For compactness, consider the 14 mm f/2.five. I take it and like it. Barely 50 thou!

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Simon Samson wrote:

Does anyone have whatsoever thoughts on the all-time pancake? I’ve personally had the Lumix twenty f1.7 in the past but there is likewise the Olympus 17mm f1.8 and a zoom I believe which could be considered a pancake. If this is non a comparison betwixt apples and oranges, could I elicit opinions on which is best sharpness/colour rendering etc or more useful in terms of being a walk around compact lens creating a truly pocketable camera? If any anyone uses a particular one could you requite an opinion on why you prefer it? Has anyone used all but fell back on using one over the others out of habit or enjoyment? Guys, whatever opinions are helpful.

I live my 20/1.7 is a magic fiddling guy.

Lumix 14/2.5 is likewise a nice pancake lens offering typical 28mm low distortion FoV

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An expanded revision of my reply to a recent thread about modest lenses:

  • Olympus xiv-42mm EZ:
    At just under 23mm collapsed, this is the smallest powered zoom lens in possibly any arrangement. A usable general purpose lens and some people go along it on a stowed camera, almost every bit a body cap that can accept a photo in a pinch. Rendering and detail are nothing write home about, especially for long-distance scenes with lots of circuitous detail, like mural or distant cityscape. It does amend when subjects are closer. I discover it skillful for food shots, but there a good smartphone does simply likewise, and likely better in low calorie-free. If you lot become it, wait for the automated lens cap accessory, which turns the whole setup into true point-and-shoot convenience, especially since this lens supports zooming to its previous focal length when the camera is turned on. Bottom line: it is a fine and user-friendly outset lens, but I would certainly never judge the potential of Micro 4 Thirds by it.
  • Lumix 14-42mm G Vario Power Zoom:
    I tried this ane for a calendar week before returning it in favor of the Olympus 14-42 EZ. I remember the image quality between the two was near the same, and at the time I wanted a manual focus ring, which this one lacks. Additionally, I did not feel this lens’s prototype stabilization was necessary for my shooting style, fifty-fifty on my IBIS-less GM5. This lens is designed for video shooters, as the Ability Zoom designation might suggest, and autofocus is fast and quiet. The zoom is also quiet enough for apply during video. At almost 27mm in length, this lens is the croaking one of the agglomeration!
  • Lumix 12-32mm OIS:
    At present we are getting into sharpness and contrast. This i collapses downwardly to 24mm, but the big catch hither is that it needs to exist extended manually before a shot tin can be taken. As well, no transmission focus band. Merely, a terrific lens with more graphic symbol than either 14-42 above. There are many hither who swear by it. Pair it with its 35-100mm sibling – likewise manually extending, also stabilized – and y’all volition accept a tiny system that covers 24-200mm equivalent focal range and gives precipitous, contrasty results with a nifty await. I believe both of these were kit lenses and are therefore plentiful and cheap on the used market. (Note that while the 14-42mm EZ holds the shortness title, if you lot mount the automatic lens cap, it will exist longer than this lens.)
  • Lumix 14mm f/2.5:
    This 1 is the beginning of 2 primes I will mention here. I’d say this is a very sharp and reliable lens, with fast and quiet autofocus and a useful 28mm equivalent focal length. Dandy for street, capturing landscapes and cityscapes, food, even a bit of low light. Perchance lacking a bit in character compared to the other prime in my list. I believe this is the shortest autofocus lens available in any system, at just 20.5mm long. It’s besides extremely lite weight. There is also a screw-on wide-angle adapter that volition plow this into something like an 11mm f/2 (depending on whether you believe such adapters change the effective aperture). The adapter is made by Panasonic and is only available used, for around $90-150, making the combined setup the cheapest broad-angle autofocus solution by several hundred dollars.
  • Lumix 20mm f/1.7:
    My choice for depression-profile, pocketable shooting. This lens has loads of grapheme and is the sharpest of the agglomeration. The big discontinuity permits indoor/low low-cal shooting, of people and fifty-fifty kids when they are not at height velocity. In a well-lit room, though, you can become (dare I say) Leica-like rendering: contrast, sharpness, bokeh, the works. Its Achilles’ heel is autofocus, which is ho-hum and sounds similar 1995. And at 40mm equivalent, it’s in a dissimilar course than the other options listed. Only it is really a wonderful, tiny lens (26mm in length) and can be had for a song compared to what it can do. Note that at that place are 2 versions of this lens, and there’south no existent reason to get version 2, which is optically and mechanically identical and merely differs cosmetically.

Every bit you might take figured out past now, I am sort of extreme EDC-way shooter. I went through all these lenses in a quest to make my Lumix GMS (the smallest Micro 4 Thirds camera with an EVF) pants-pocketable. (As such, I would be remiss to ignore the truthful body-cap lenses, the Olympus 9mm f/8 fisheye and 15mm f/8, which I would put more in the novelty category but are worth a await).

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