Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 Asph. Power OIS review

The Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 Power OIS is ideal for portraiture with MFT cameras

Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 Asph. Power OIS
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Small, lightweight and affordable, this little lens gives an ‘effective’ focal length of 85mm with a fast f/1.7 aperture and comes complete with an optical image stabilizer. It’s therefore a great choice for handheld portraiture and still life photography on any Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, especially those that lack in-body stabilization.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Optical stabilization

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    Ideal for portraiture


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    No weather-seals

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    7-blade aperture diaphragm

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The Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 Power OIS is typical of Micro Four Thirds lenses in being compact and lightweight. That’s mostly due to only needing to produce a relatively small image circle and, in this case, the lens delivers an effective focal length of 85mm in full-frame terms with a fast f/1.7 aperture, yet weighs in at just 130g. The net result is that it’s ideal for portraiture and still life photography, without breaking your back or your bank balance.


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