Object of Desire: Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7

June 24, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

A prime portrait lens for Micro Four Thirds camera owners that won’t break the bank, Panasonic’s new Lumix G 42.5mm (85mm full-frame equivalent) delivers an aperture range from a fast f/1.7 down to f/22. There are seven aperture blades for creating bokeh when shooting at a shallow depth-of-field. The lens is stabilized using the company’s Power Optical Image Stabilization system, which compensates for both small and fast vibrations as well as slower, larger camera shakes. You can focus on subjects as close as 12.2 inches from the lens and Panasonic’s 240-fps Drive AF system is on hand to keep subjects sharp during continuous autofocus. The lens is built from 11 elements, including an aspherical element to reduce optical aberrations. At barely a third of a pound and just under two inches long, it’s a highly portable prime to boot. It’s sold in a choice of black or silver with a durable metal mount.

Price: $400

Info: www.panasonic.com