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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens

by Olympus
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  • 17mm 2.8
  • wide lens
  • for Micro 4/3 system

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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: 17mm Lens
  • Lens Type: Wide Angle
  • Minimum focal length: 17 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 17
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Product Details

Color Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 1 x 1 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002CGSYM6
  • Item model number: 17mm Lens
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2009

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

This wide-angle pancake lens has a convenient focal length (equivalent to 34mm on a 35mm camera) for shooting everything from landscapes and portraits to close ups. A slim design, with an overall length of just 22.5mm, ensures the camera remains compact and easy to carry even when the lens is mounted. With its digital-dedicated design and superior performance, this lens maximizes the camera’s performance for clear, high quality imaging.

Product Description

17mm Olympus M. Zuiko Digital Lens for PEN series cameras. Micros Four Thirds mounts only.

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Customer Reviews

Normally I'd never notice CA in most images and it's easy to edit out in Aperture or LR.
P.K. Frary
In overall sharpness it beats both the M.Zuiko 14-42mm II and 12-50mm kit lenses at 17mm, although the Panasonic 14mm F2.5 is definitely sharper.
nagappa
This lens is beautifully constructed and has nice and sturdy metal mount, with very good image quality.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Color Name: Silver
This is small lens. That's its main claim to fame, not the speed at f2.8, nor the focal length, the equivalent of about 35mm in 35mm photography. But on the small Olympus PEN body, this lens gives you a small package that takes quite good pictures without messing around with a zoom. In particular, it works well as a walking-around street camera, much like an old Leica or a Canon rangefinder of the 1950s/1960s. (See also the optical viewfinder which has image lines specifically for this 17mm lens.)

I tried this package out, camera, lens, and viewfinder, and got a good number of excellent images walking through crowds of people downtown. It's wide enough to catch people in their immediate environment. The camera is unobtrusive and really helped with the casual picture taking. I'd strongly recommend the setup to folks looking for a forgiving digital imaging setup with modern features but much of the ease of handling and casual ability of old rangefinders (without having to focus of course).
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kon Peki on April 19, 2010
Color Name: Silver
The M. Zuiko 17/2.8 has a bit of a bad rap because people often compare it to the outstanding Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens. However, 17mm is very different from 20mm, and if you want that "standard wide" angle of view (similar to a 35mm lens on a 35mm frame camera) in a tiny lens, this is the one. Fortunately, it is plenty sharp, and the distortion and color fringing are easily addressed (automatically for Olympus in-camera JPEG shooters as well as by some 3rd party RAW converters). Although I use my Pana 20/1.7 more often, I enjoy using the tiny M. Zuiko 17 when I want that angle of view. It's a good little performer. You can see some samples taken with this lens here: [...].
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By K. Tanaka on September 12, 2009
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The Oly 17mm f/2.8 pancake for micro four-thirds is just about as small and light a lens as you'll find. It's basically a 35mm focal length on its native cameras. Its sole advantage is its size. It is far from optically perfect, with fairly strong chromatic aberrations and some corner softness (surprising, given its crop factor of 2). Still, the Oly E-P1 does recognize the lens and post-processes its images specifically to improve as much distortion as possible.

All things considered, I can't really claim that this lens is an excellent optical value for anyone who doesn't really need the compactness it offers the E-P1. The 14-42mm kit lens is a better performer at this focal length, also very light, and far more versatile. But if you're willing to make compromises for smallness this is THE lens for you.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Harry M. Shin VINE VOICE on January 8, 2010
Color Name: Silver
1. I should technically give this lens a 4 star, just because 5 stars should be reserved those extraordinary lens (ex: Zeiss Distagon 21mm 2.8).

2. With that being said, I just like this lens: it's light, it's obviously small, and it's a no brainer for all EP-1 /2 users to have this lens (or the panasonic pancake). Even though I have the 14-42mm kit lens, it's just... fun to slap this lens on the EP-1 and take shots. One of the unexpected joys and surprises of using this lens, that it made me think of the "good old days" of using prime lens 100% of the time and at the same time, has made me rethink my overall strategy of whether or not to utilize more primes etc...

3. For me and for the photography I utilize the EP-1 for, the 17mm is "good enough" in re: focusing speed, sharpness, color / contrast etc... With "pixel-peeping", I'm very happy with the output image quality.

4. All in all, a great lens for all EP-1 / 2 users to have simply because it brings back the joy of photography. I really hope that Olympus / Panasonic continue to develop more compact prime lens.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By nagappa on October 23, 2013
Color Name: Black
I bought the black version of the M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8 lens after selling my Panasonic 14mm F2.5.

While the Panasonic 14mm is an excellent lens, and I highly recommend it, I found it to be a bit too wide for my needs for street photography. When I want to shoot really wide, I shoot at 12mm with my M.Zuiko 12-50mm kit lens that came with my Olympus OM-D. I did consider getting the new M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 as well as the new version of the Panasonic 20mm F1.7, but found them a bit to pricey for my needs, since I already own a Panasonic-Leica 25mm F1.4 lens. I did also consider the Sigma 19mm, but did not like the extra size.

The 35mm equivalent format is what's used in Fuji's X100S and the one favored by many enthusiasts. It is touted as the format that matches the field of view of the human eye. With its 34mm equivalent format, the M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8 hits the sweet spot in terms of format, speed (F2.8), sharpness and price. So for an affordable "one size fits all" wide pancake lens, I thought the M.Zuiko 17mm might just fit the bill!

I was indeed aware that the M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8 did not score too highly in the technical reviews, especially that the slight corner softness persists across all apertures, and that the chromatic aberration (CA) is easily noticeable along the edges in high-contrast scenes.

But where the rubber meets the road is in actual user experience, especially street photography.

It's small size, metal barrel and plastic manual focus ring make this lens a joy to handle. It easy to use in a discrete way. While auto focus is slower than on my M.Zuiko 12-50mm kit lens, it is accurate and fast enough for capturing spontaneous street pictures.

The lens is sharp wide open at F2.8.
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