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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens
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- Compact, discreet pancake-type lens
- Fast f/2.8 aperture, great for low-light shooting
- Wide-angle field of view, great for landscapes or street shooting
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||no hood available|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.24 x 2.24 x 0.87 inches|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.20 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||17|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||17 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||5|
|Number of Elements||6|
|Number of Groups||4|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||37 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.02 pounds|
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|Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility||FourThirds||FourThirds||FourThirds||FourThirds|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8||F4.0 - F5.6||F1.7||F1.8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||37 mm||58 mm||46 mm||46 mm|
|Minimum Operating Distance||0.2 meters||0.9 meters||0.2 meters||0.25 meters|
|Item Weight||Information not provided||Information not provided||0.19 pounds||0.26 pounds|
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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).
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.Read more ›
I originally purchased my Olympus Pen E-PL2 in a kit with the variable 14-42 mm lens. Not being able to use that lens anymore, and not being overjoyed with it, due to it being damaged by accident and by it having to be manually extracted and retracted, I replaced the 14-42 mm lens with this 17 mm fixed lens.
The 17 mm lens has been a delight. If focuses quickly and correctly. It focuses closely, too, and it performs very well in low light. This lens produces very clear and superb resolution images. It automatically extends when you turn on the camera (which the 14-42 lens does not), and is immediately ready to take photos.
I recommend a UV filter for protection. And, I recommend this lens highly as your first choice.
I had previously considered the Panasonic version, having read multiple glowing reviews about how much better it is than the Olympus lens, but went with the latter mainly due to the price difference, smaller size, and lighter weight, and I'm glad I did. If the Panasonic is really superior, I doubt very much if that difference would be apparent in almost all photos for all practical purposes. The Olympus lens is, in my experienced photographic opinion, excellent and a real bargain at it's price point.
In summary, this is an excellent lens for the E-PL1, which in turn is also an excellent digital camera - some bargains are still available for this camera and, paired with this wide-angle lens, is a very nice compact and lightweight outfit. I did take my Canon 40D DSLR and complement of lenses on the trip, but I seldom elected to lug it around electing instead to carry the very lightweight Olympus instead. My back and neck thanked me for it!
I'm enthusiastic about this lens and can recommend it highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This lens gets trashed too often by many reviewers. And yes, some of the arguments they make are valid such as noisy AF motor and less than superb optical performance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shun
This lens is a great match for the PEN series cameras because it is low profile, with this attached I can slip the camera in my pocket. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew Lewis
Very compact, capable of quality photos with good technique.Published 3 months ago by Debra C. Moore
I bought this lens a year ago for my epm1. I presently own both an epm1 and an emd 5 ii.
In my opinion the advantage of this lens is the flat profile and its 2. Read more
To set the stage, I am a novice photographer and prior to purchasing this lens, I primarily used the stock lens that came with my Olympus OMD EM5. It worked. It was nice. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Rodriguez
First of all - I shoot full frame digital mostly and got a GF-2 and this lens just for fun because they're soooooo small and I don't look like a professional photographer... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. F. Butchart
Works like it should and for the reason I bought it - small size for Olympus E-PM2Published 13 months ago by Brian Woodbury
This is a good lens. Not great but it serves it's purpose by making my EPL camera as small and light as my old Leica screw mount camera. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lawrence R. Zeitlin