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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 Lens - Silver

by Olympus

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17mm 1:1.8 Lens
Silver
  • High-speed AF with MSC technology
  • Image stabilisation mechanism with Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • Snapshot focus mechanism
  • ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating for low-reflectivity
  • Excellent low-light capabilities and stunning bokeh

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Style Name: 17mm 1:1.8 Lens | Colour Name: Silver
  • Item Weight: 118 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: EW-M1718
  • ASIN: B00A7QIHCK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Nov 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,719 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Style Name: 17mm 1:1.8 Lens | Colour Name: Silver

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 lens possess outstanding image quality in a lightweight and extremely compact form. Its ultra-bright 1:1.8 large aperture not only facilitates the ability to capture shots with eye-catching depth of field blur, it also enables tripod-free shooting in low-light conditions - further accentuated by the in-body image stabilisation of the latest Olympus Micro Four Thirds System cameras.

Besides the extremely bright 1:1.8 aperture, this premium Micro Four Thirds-compliant wide-angle lens also impresses due to its unique mechanisms for Snapshot Focusing and Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocusing as well as a special ZERO lens coating for high quality results.

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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8
LC-46 Lens Cap
Micro Four Thirds lens rear cap (LR-2)
Warranty Card
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D on 18 Feb 2014
Style Name: 45mm 1:1.8 LensColour Name: Black Verified Purchase
The image quality of this lens is excellent: it is very sharp wide open and it renders out-of-focus areas beautifully.
The auto-focus is fast.
The built quality is good (not as high as the 17mm, for instance, but still absolutely fine).
It is a really small lens, so it is easy to carry in your pocket for when you need it (it is a slight telephoto lens, so you are not likely to keep it on your camera as a general purpose lens; Olympus advertises it as a portrait lens - which it is very good for - but it has more uses (see below)).
Assuming you already have a kit-zoom on your camera (which would typically cover the field of vision offered by this lens), this lens would allow you to do the following:
(1) you can take photos handheld without flash when there is less light (evening, indoors) compared to your kit zoom
(2) you can isolate your subject (make it stand out more) by creating backgrounds that are out-of-focus (great for portraits, but not only that), which can look really beautiful.
I would recommend this to a friend. However, if you have a Panasonic camera (except the GX7) you should be aware that this lens has no image stabilisation (while Olympus cameras all have image stabilisation built in).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stickler on 6 Mar 2014
Style Name: 17mm 1:1.8 LensColour Name: Black Verified Purchase
Although this is a very good lens, I was none the less astonished to see that so many people had written reviews, 95 at the time of going to press.
On closer inspection it turned out that the majority of correspondents were expressing their views about completely different lens's, 45mm, 75mm, various zooms etc. and only a few were actually about the 17mm 1:1.8. Not the end of the world, but confusing and obviously something of a balls up. This by way of an explanation for the title of my review.
By now this lens doesn't really require another paean of praise from me, suffice to say that it is excellent. Beautifully made, producing very good results (photographer permitting). The black version is preferable to the silver one, simply because the latter has an awful champagne/beige tint, which doesn't look good on OM-D's or the latest Pen.
My only reservation is that they produced this and other new MFT lens's without making them splash and dust proof. There seems to be a certain futility in "proofing" the camera, but not the lens. I know, the kit zooms supplied with the EM-5 and EM-1 are, like the camera splash and dust proofed; the one is unexceptional and the other exceedingly, possibly justifiably expensive.
And yet, despite this deficiency, which almost caused me to remove a star, this lens is very much worth having and worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jose Ricardo Maciel Rubiao on 15 July 2013
Style Name: 45mm 1:1.8 LensColour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Excellent, but could be made ​​of metal, such as Olympus 12mm. The plastic construction is good, reflex light in weight. Sharpness and a very good for portraits. One of the three lenses essentials for the micro four thirds system. The others are: Oly Zuiko 12mm 2.0 and Panasonic 25mm 1.4.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 21 April 2014
Style Name: 45mm 1:1.8 LensColour Name: Silver
I tested this lens on a GX-7 body for a few days.
Overall impressiions are mostly very positive.

Optically the lens is strong, and with a very attractive price, it's a must have for micro 4/3 users giving you a good portrait lens with a fast aperture.

Quick summary of the good and bad points:

Pros:
+ Optics are excellent, even at f1.8 wide open it's sharp and with good contrast. Stopping down improves the already good performance even more
+ Very affordable, fast f1.8 aperture and lightweight/compact. Giving an equivalent of 90mm on a 35mm body a very useful focal length
+ AF is fast and precise (on the body I tested it with) no complaints here
+ Has a metal lens mount
+ Distortion and CA are very well controlled, very slight pincushion noted (very unlikely to be an issue in real world shooting)
+ Very little vignetting or fall of even wide open
+ Rendering/Bokeh are mostly good (esp for portrait shots)

Cons:
- For subjects further away the rendering/bokeh can at times be a bit edgy (depends greatly on the background distance), I'd rate it a solid 7/10 on this front (ie good) but not exceptional. 7 (circular) blades on the aperture
- Body is plastic, feels decent enough to me build wise but only time will tell (I think it's fine for the asking price)
- No hood included (Olympus are asking £30 for the hood which is a bit rich in my view) should be in the box with the lens!
- Weird 37mm filter size (very uncommon)

This is a really nice little lens (it's quite tiny coming from larger formats) and an important one for micro 4/3 users who want a fast tele equivalent prime that's ideal for portrait and lower light shooting.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Sellers on 7 April 2013
Style Name: 75mm 1:1.8 LensColour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
...put simply - a really beautiful lens - needle sharp and with beautiful bokeh, regardless of the micro four thirds considerations.
Extremely well constructed of metal. I have a collection of Leica M lenses and I would happily put this lens up against some of those Leica lenses for IQ and bokeh.

A "must have" for anyone with an OM D em5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Harris on 14 April 2013
Style Name: 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R LensColour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
For the money there is no better lens for the Olympus Pen. A true must have....don't think about just buy the thing.
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