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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (Black) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
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- Ultra-compact wide-angle lens
- Macro Focus Range : 0.25 m, Focal Length : 17 mm
- 34mm equivalent field of view captures large groups or landscapes
- Premium metallic construction, Snap focus manual focus ring
- Fast f/1.8 aperture, great for low light shooting, Special all metal lens hood and cap optionally available
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Olympus 17mm f1.8 Interchangeable Lens for Olympus/Panasonic Micro Cameras
This high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
Snapshot Focus Mechanism
A beneficial feature for street photography, the snapshot mechanism is activated simply by pulling the focusing ring back, with distance and depth of field indicators that allow users to focus without looking at the camera screen.
Movie-Still Compatible (MSC)
The linear drive motor found in the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f1.8 is Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) and provides fast, nearly silent focusing and aperture performance; a must-have for any videographer.
Adapted from multilayer film deposition technology used in Olympus' industry-leading line of precision microscopes, the Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical Coating practically eliminates ghosts and flares caused by in-frame light sources. This feature in invaluable when shooting into the sun or other back-lit situations.
Dual Super Aspherical Element
A single, highly precise Dual Super Aspherical, or DSA element keeps the 17mm f1.8 compact by replacing multiple lens elements in order to correct for chromatic and comatic aberrations. High contrast scenes and astrophotography never looked so good!
Bright f1.8 Aperture
A bright f1.8 aperture allows you to focus on getting the shot. Whether you're shooting in a dimly lit restaurant, or capturing a night-scene on city streets, you won't have to worry about having enough light.
Serious Hand-Held Performance
Paired with the serious in-body image stabilization of the Olympus OM-D and PEN series of cameras, this extremely bright f1.8 lens allows you to shoot longer hand-held exposures, which is especially handy for night-time street photography.
|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.28 x 2.28 x 1.42 inches|
|Item Weight||0.26 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.25 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||17 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||17 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||17 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||9|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||65 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Micromotor||Micromotor||Stepper motor|
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|Item Weight||4.23 ounces||4.8 ounces||7.84 ounces||6.7 ounces||3.07 ounces||4.06 ounces|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 millimeters||46 millimeters||—||58 millimeters||46 millimeters||46 millimeters|
This beautiful full-metal single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and portraits. With a super-fast f1.8 M. This lens will capture brilliant low-light shots. The snap ring enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
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1.) Much faster auto-focus. It's got to be more than several times faster, and rarely hunts. This makes it useable for quick, on-the-moment snapshots that you would never get with the Lumix. This is extraordinarily frustrating, as the camera gets in the way of your picture taking, instead of being a quick and easy instrument that just works. By far the primary reason for my purchase of the Olympus 17mm f1.8.
2.) Greatly reduced purple fringing (on Olympus bodies). Panasonic bodies will auto-correct for this, but if you're using an OM-D like me, this is a huge difference. Even with chromatic aberration correction in Adobe Lightroom 4, there's noticeable band of grey as the software removes the purple, particularly in the corners with the Lumix, where the fringing can be severe in certain situations. The Olympus 17mm f1.8 naturally works without creating excessive fringing.
3.) No more banding on the OM-D. The 20mm Lumix has a particularly nasty habit of creating horizontal or vertical bands that show up in the shadows, which becomes more and more visible the higher the ISO rises. I don't know who's fault it is that the issue exists, but changing to any other lens removes the problem. You would usually love using a large aperture lens in dim lighting, but not the Lumix/OM-D combo.
Those are the top reasons, but there's some (somewhat negligible) nitpicks notes that go either way.
1.) The 20mm Lumix has a cool color shift, towards a very slight blue-green tint, while the Olympus 17mm tends to be a little warmer, which I prefer.
2.) Much is made about the the Lumix being a sharper lens, but the Olympus is still acceptable. Noticeably better than the usual kit lenses for any similarly priced manufacturer, much less a regular point and shoot. Honestly I haven't been able to tell much difference unless I zoom in on small text in the far corners.
3.) Vignetting is noticeable on either lens, especially used wide open. The Olympus is slightly, but noticeably darker.
4.) The metal housing is very nice, as is the general look to the Olympus in my opinion. The painted gunmetal colored plastic on the Lumix is a little off-putting (wish it was just black).
5.) Both are pretty expensive relative to cheap things (you can buy whole cameras for the price of either lens), both are relatively cheap compared to expensive things (other lenses of similar performance from other manufacturers can cost much more). Price is a really difficult to thing to agree on.
6.) Neither lens is very big or heavy, but the Lumix takes the cake for being more stow-able as the flatter dimensions are naturally even more compact, and a bit lighter.
7.) The Olympus is super quiet to focus (I can't hear it), great for video recording. The Lumix has that typical grinding sound from cheaper lenses.
8. Bokeh is a toss up to me. Neither one is has any terrible misgivings from what I've seen.
9.) If you normally shoot 35mm equivalent, the 20mm Lumix (40mm equivalent) can feel awkward, especially in close quarters.
10.) If you have a Panasonic body the choice is a lot harder. If you have an Olympus body, the Olympus lens makes more sense, assuming the price doesn't bother you.
Overall, I think the Olympus 17mm f1.8 has its own spot nicely settled. Unfortunately it's not particularly outstanding in performance to it's other prime siblings at 12mm f2.0 and the 75mm f1.8. But then again, it's about 60% of the price. I feel a lot of the cost went to the metal housing, and it probably would have cut US$100-150 if they just used the plastic housing of the 45mm f1.8, which would have made it a no-brainer against the 20mm Lumix of Olympus body owners. But since that's not reality, the best I can give is 4 stars, probably 3.5 if you own a Panasonic body.
Other people may feel differently, but this is my opinion.
- Great image quality, 100% crops are very sharp at low ISOs. None of the softness some reviews talk about
- AF is super fast, even in darker rooms
- FOV on m4/3s is perfect for small indoor rooms or larger group shots outside
- Small and light. I can fit this lens + OMD-EM5 into my jacket pocket
- Manual focus mode. Makes dark shots possible without the AF hunting forever
- Doesn't have a very helpful distance scale on MF mode
Very pleased with this lens and generally take it out over the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 because of it's size. The depth of field is also acceptably shallow to let your subjects pop. I worried at 17mm there wouldn't be enough background blur. There isn't as much as the 25 1.4 but that turns out to be an asset in a dark room with people at different depths.
I would recommend this to a friend.