Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH Review

July 8, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH is an optically outstanding, outrageously fast lens that will particularly appeal to videographers thanks to its killer combination of a de-clicked aperture ring and focus clutch mechanism with linear manual focusing. With stellar performance throughout the aperture and focal ranges, it could conceivably replace a number of prime lenses in your camera bag, such is the optical quality on offer.

It is undeniably large and heavy, though, being much better suited to life on larger Micro Four Thirds camera bodies like the Panasonic G9 that we tested it with, and the clickless aperture ring is less convenient for stills shooters who want to quickly set a specific aperture (although you can switch this setting to the camera body if you'd prefer).

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH zoom offers a rather unique focal range of 20-50mm, covering everything from ultra-wide-angle landscapes to "standard" 50mm shots, and such it proved to be a very versatile walkaround lens for travel photography.

It's just ever so slightly soft wide-open at 25mm, where it's best used stopped down for the sharpest results, and there's some noticeable vignetting and slight barrel distortion at 10mm, but otherwise it delivers fantastic sharpness at all focal lengths and apertures, even right at the edges of the frame.

Build quality is very good, to be expected given the premium price-tag, and the fact that this lens is weatherproof is the icing on an already rich cake, although note that Panasonic stop short of calling it fully weatherproof.

Price-wise, it's best to judge the Panasonic Leica 10-25mm as a viable alternative to buying several other prime lenses, rather than just being a single zoom lens that happens to cost a whopping £1,799.99 / $1,999.99. You could just buy the 10-25mm and not have to worry about having to buy any more lenses in that focal range, it's that good.

In summary, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH is a unique, versatile and optically outstanding lens that is a must-buy for pro videographers and seriously tempting

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4