It is a common say in the photo channel to qualify the Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 OIS lens as a “portrait” lens. Mainly because of its narrowed angle of view and its relatively large maximum aperture, the Lumix G 42.5mm (as for the Olympus Zuiko 45mm F1.8 counterpart) is mainly assimilated to that specific subject.
In fact it’s a selective lens because it proposed a cropped vision of the photo context and also because of its maximum aperture it proposed a narrowed depth of field. But combined with the Optical Image Stabilisation (O.I.S.) the Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 is opening you an array of photographic opportunities exceeding by far the limited use of portrait.
For example its close focusing ability can be use for near photography and for smaller subjects. Discriminating the foreground from the background can be also a very creative option that exceeds the normal human vision.
Well built with a large manual focusing ring the Panasonic Lumix G 42,5mm f1.7 lens is easy to handheld with a good compactly virtue. The furnished lens hood complete a good package and offer an extra protection of the front glass element of the lens.
You should appreciate the Lumix G 42.5mm as a strong discriminating lens for street and casual photography or any kind of discriminating photography essay.