Since its introduction, people have been comparing the Olympus 17mm f1.8 to the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 as they are both very similar in terms of focal length and speed (max aperture value). While the Panasonic 20mm has been the poster child for the Micro Four Thirds (M43) format (compact, lightweight, excellent IQ), the Olympus 17mm f1.8 has received mixed reviews. The following is an informal test to that may help those M43 users that are on the fence between the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 and the Olympus 17mm f1.8.
After our Olympus EP3 review, (you guys call it the E-P3, EP-3 or EP 3) we started to get questions in asking us to do tests with Panasonic lenses. I was able to get my hands on the Panasonic 14-42 kit zoom lens and the 20mm F/1.7. Afterward, I did some quick photo tests with the lenses. So are they up to par with the very stellar Olympus lenses?