I'm not going to beat around the bush, here. I think this might be my favourite lens of all time. Yes, it has its flaws, but... wow. This lens has such a magic ability to capture my ideas.
The Lumix 25mm 1.4 is quite pricy, but I think the image quality it can achieve makes it more than worth it.
I took this lens to Sicily, where I tried some street photography as well as some astrophotography. It worked a treat. I think traditionally, the 25mm focal length is probably a bit long for both of these activities, but it got me some interesting results. And at f1.4, the astrophotography was crisp and free from noise.
I was so torn between the 1.4 and the 1.8 lumix versions for ages, but in the end, I decided to put the extra money towards it and go for this one. It'll save lives during this wedding season, as we have quite a few darker venues to tackle.
While I think the image quality is just sublime, there are a few little niggles which I wish would have been improved. Particualarly, I'm never NOT going to be mad that this lens isn't weather sealed!! and for the price, you'd hope for some stabilisation. And it's plasticy as all hell. But don't let that put you off just yet! Because the images speak for themselves. I can overlook all that other stuff, so long as it does its primary job well.
And it does. Oh, yes, it does indeed.
Check the video for some more examples. Watch me rave like a complete weirdo about this lens.
Lumix 25mm 1.4mm on Amazon: http://geni.us/X76N
Here are some of my favourite images that I've taken with this lens. It's such a beaut.