Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH – Review

leica 15mmIntroduced in March 2014 the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15 mm f/1.7 lens is beautifully constructed. With a maximum aperture of f/1.7, Nano Surface coatings, a manual aperture ring and an on lens AF/MF switch this is an ideal all purpose lens. It is supplied with a well designed metal lens hood and a lens pouch.  Current street price of $498 makes this a very affordable high quality compact lens.

On a full frame equivalent basis this lens has an angle of view of a 30mm lens. It is constructed of quality metals and plastics and has a metal lens mount. It is a light lens at a hair over 4 ounces or 115 grams. The lens feels good when held and exudes Leica quality.

It is a small diameter lens that works well with the smaller form factor Panasonic MFT bodies. The lens does not extend below the base of the GM series bodies and will not interfere with tripod mounts.

A well designed, circular metal lens hood does a great job of preventing flare. As with any lens, the lens hood is added protection for the front element of the lens.

Specifications:

Focal Length 15mm – Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 30 mm
Aperture f/1.7 to f/16
Angle of View 72°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87″ (20 cm)
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Filter Thread 46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.26 x 1.42″ (57.5 x 36 mm)
Weight 4.06 oz (115 g)

 

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