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    Panny 14mm or 20mm

    I have just picked up a GF1 and am looking at getting either the 14mm or the 20mm pancake. Just wondernig what the recomendation around here is if you could only have one of them.

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    Re: Panny 14mm or 20mm

    pyro_... you need to find out what focal length you actually want to work with, or need. It is not like anyone can say the 20 is better or worse than the 14mm lens. It doesn't matter how good (or bad) one of them is if you usually need the other FL.

    If you don't know what a 14 or 20mm lens will be on the camera you need to find that out and I hope you have the kit zoom for that. Take a walk (like three day long if possible) with the kit zoom locked (tape) at 14mm and then another walk with it taped to 20mm.

    or...

    If you have no clue at all and only know you need a faster lens just by the 20/1.7 as it is closer to a "normal" lens than the 14 is.

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    Jonas

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    Re: Panny 14mm or 20mm

    Quote Originally Posted by pyro_ View Post
    I have just picked up a GF1 and am looking at getting either the 14mm or the 20mm pancake. Just wondernig what the recomendation around here is if you could only have one of them.
    The 20mm f/1.7 focal length provides a more commonly useful field of view for this camera, it's a fast "wide normal" that covers a lot of bases.

    The 14mm f/2.5 is a wide-angle lens useful for tighter situations indoors and for when you want that kind of wide, sweeping viewpoint in your photographs. I find it to be less frequently useful than 20-25mm focal length.

    Both lenses perform well, pick the one which suits your photography better.

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