Popco.net a Korean website dedicated to reviews of digital cameras and lenses has compared the Sigma 19mm F2.8 against the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lens for the Micro Four Thirds System.
As their website is made with flash it is not possible to display here many of their comparison photos we will give a translated summary review of their results:
Summary Review of the Comparison Between the Sigma 19mm F2.8 vs Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Lens:
- The Sigma 19mm is bigger (45.7mm long vs 25.5mm lon) and also weighs more (140 grams for the Sigma 19mm F2.8 vs 100 grams for the Panasonic 20mm F1.7)
- The Sigma 19mm is supplied with a lens hood and for the Panasonic 20mm it is necessary to purchase one separately
- The Panasonic 20mm F1.7 provides an angle of view of 57° vs 59.3° for the Sigma 19mm F2.8
- For the Sigma 19mm it is harder to create a blurred background due to its smaller aperture
- The Sigma 19mm lens takes less time to focus in subjects when compared to the Panasonic 20mm F1.7
Sigma 19mm focusing test video
Panasonic 20mm focusing test video
- The Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lens is sharper at centre when compared to the Sigma
Sigma 19mm F2.8 or Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Buying Advice:
However if we take into account the Sigma 19mm lens for Micro Four Thirds Compact System Cameras costs about £162.74 and the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Compact System Cameras retails at about £274.99 we can see that the Sigma lens provides more value for money as for 59% of the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 price you get about 85% of the performance.
Photo samples of the Sigma 19mm F2.8 vs Panasonic 20mm F1.7:
We can find below some sample photos of both the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 and Sigma 19mm F2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds Compact System Cameras taken from flickr photos with creative commons license. Though they are not comparison photos you can see the type of photos you are able to get from each one of this lens.