Upload & Sell: On
re: the lens, I think one of the commentators on the 43rumors post hit it when he said that, if its US MSRP is $525-$600, one could justify it over the $430 MSRP Panny 17 f/1.8. However, its real price needs to be much lower than MSRP (as is the Panny), otherwise it's not going to sell.
As to the random lens vs. weight and m43 vs FF points that have been otherwise raised in this thread:
I got the Voightlander 25mm f/0.95 used to dabble with, and then resell if I didn't like it. I'd envisaged it primarily as an 4/3 equivalent to the Leica 50mm f/0.95 which many people I know use for street photography. For a good while I was unsure about the lens but am deciding to keep it - the OM-D's "focus peaking and magnification capability make it quite easy to use, I like the ergonomics, and I believe the sharpness at f/1.4 and smaller, bokeh, and subjective picture quality are excellent. I find the distance scale and DOF markings quite useful (fly-by-wire m43 lenses are often hard to manually focus, and I'm not 100% convinced the AF is always right).
If I had to get a 17mm lens, I think it would be the Voightlander over the Olympus (or the Panny 20mm). But again, the use would be Leica-type street photography or landscapes, and IMO despite the slightly difference nature of 35mm EFL and 50mm EFL I don't think another lens is justified.
As for m4/3 and size, any equivalent full frame lens will be much larger (compare the Voightlander f.0.95s to the Leica Noctiluxes), and again I don't think the OM-D + 25mm f/0.95 to be big. Especially compared to an M9+50mm Sumilux or FF DSLR and 50mm f/1.2.
Even better than "not as big", w/ m43 that if I really want to go small, I can just use a tiny pancake (14mm f/2.5 for me) and it's not much bigger than a compact camera - lots of flexibility. [and the smallest m43s are almost compact size with pancake lenses] I find the m4/3's image quality more than good enough for my purposes, but to each their own.
[edited: corrected some typos. Believe it or not English is my first language )
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