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Shootout: 25/1.4 vs Olympus SHG 14-35m f/2 (EM1, Boulder Logjam)

The 25mm focal length is the “normal” focal length for Micro Four Thirds, equivalent to ~50mm on a full frame camera—a handy all-around field of view.

The Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux ASPH has become a favorite of your author on Micro Four Thirds, offering the closest thing to the Leica M Summilux rendering style one might find on a mirrorless camera, while avoiding the pitfalls (e.g. excessive field curvature and focus shift).

How does the 25/1.4 compare to a highly corrected zoom lens, the Olympus 14-35mm f/2 ED?

The Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO is not included here due to severe focus error.

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Olympus SHG 14-35mm f/2 and Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

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