I have been wanting the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 since it was announced, but when I checked the price on it, I was turned off by the $500CAD price tag. Let's have a reality check here, shall we? We are talking about a normal lens here. One of the easiest and cheapest lens to make. The 20mm f1.7 is not even considered fast, but normal lens standards. Let's compare the prices of similar lenses from other manufacturers. All prices are quoted from Vistek the day this is writen:
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II ($140)
Canon EF 50mm f1.4 ($480)
Nikon AF 50mm f1.8 ($160)
Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4 ($570)
Pentax FA 50mm f1.4 ($350)
All these lenses, with the exception of the Canon 50mmf 1.8 II, are pretty well made with metal lens mount.
Sorry Panasonic, but I think this is a bit rediculous.
The other lens that also interests me, is the 45mm f2.8 macro that has the Leica name printed on. Again, this lens is $1200CAD, almost the same price as the Canon EF 100mm f2.8L ($1250CAD). Both lenses are stabilized but he Canon version has hybrid IS that helps counter camera shake at macro distance. In terms of image quality, I highly doubt there is a large difference between the two lenses, and I am willing to take a gamble that the Canon 100mm f2.8L IS will outperform the Panasonic version slightly.
Nice try, Panasonic. It's great that you bring out primes for the micro 4/3 mount, but your lens pricing is out to lunch. I will pick the Canon 100mm f2.8L any time if the price is similar.
Well, I guess I will continue to mount manual focus lenses on my G1, and add auto focus lenses for the Canon.