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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 Lens - Silver
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- 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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|Item Dimensions||—||8 x 8 x 10 cm||6 x 8 x 6 cm||64.01 x 64.01 x 69.01 cm||5 x 20 x 5 cm||7.4 x 7.68 x 7.4 cm|
|Item Weight||120 grams||200 grams||200 grams||305 grams||382 grams||425 grams|
|Max Focal Length||17 mm||25 mm||12 mm||75 mm||40 mm||42.5 mm|
|Min Focal Length||17 mm||25 mm||12 mm||75 mm||12 mm||42.5 mm|
|Mounting Type||micro four thirds||Micro FourThirds||Micro FourThirds||micro four thirds||micro four thirds||Micro FourThirds|
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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.
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8
LC-46 Lens Cap
Micro Four Thirds lens rear cap (LR-2)
From the manufacturer
Whether you have an OM-D, PEN or any other compatible advanced camera, you’ll benefit from all that the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens system standard has to offer: compact size, lightweight, more shooting freedom, high image quality and ease of use, to name just a few.
Advanced, Bright Wide-Angle Lens
Outstanding image quality in a lightweight and extremely compact form: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17 mm 1:1.8 (34 mm*) lens brings along a large, ultra-bright aperture for tripod-free shooting in low-light conditions as well as the unique Fast Focus Clutch mechanism. The advanced Movie and Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocusing and special Zero coating of this lens enables you to capture the high-quality results you demand.
*35 mm equivalent.
Excellent All-Purpose Lens
Use this universal prime lens and be sure to always have the right companion at hand – blur-free. Its wide angle of 17 mm (34 mm*), perfectly complements standard and telephoto prime lenses, giving a pleasing, slightly wide-angle of view for beautiful compositions and a large aperture of 1:1.8 that allows you to get the shot, whatever the conditions.
*35 mm equivalent.
Robust Metal Housing
With this masterpiece of craftsmanship, you know you have a high-end, well-designed precision instrument which can be used and appreciated for years to come. Its pleasing premium-quality metal housing perfectly matches the sophisticated design of the OM-D or PEN series cameras.
Ideal for Low-Light Shooting
Featuring a very bright aperture of 1:1.8, this lens lets you capture the moment even in low-light conditions without a flash. Combined with Olympus’ exceptional in-camera image stabilisation, it’s ideal for use when a tripod is not practical, for shooting hand-held and travelling light.
Fast Focus Clutch
Easily set your lens’s parameters at one go by sliding and rotating the Fast Focus Clutch. With this mechanism, you get quick pan-focus shooting in which both your subject and the background are in focus – making for fun, trouble-free shooting.
Clear imaging: Zero coating
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17 mm 1:1.8 lens features the advanced Zero coating for additional optical performance with every photo and movie. The vacuum deposition coating technique enables even clearer and higher contrast images due to less reflection and ghosting.
High-speed AF with Low Noise
This lens features the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) AF linear motor mechanism for fast, quiet and accurate autofocus for both photos and movies. The linear motor technology features swift start-up and faster movement for superior focusing, so you’ll never miss a shot.
Take advantage of optional Olympus accessories. The stylish LC-48B metal lens cap which combines elegant design and maximum protection; the LH-48B round metal lens hood to keep extraneous light from entering the lens on backlit shots and the PRF-D46 PRO MFT filter to protect your front element when shooting.
The Olympus quilted cotton case CS-43: a very light camera bag or bag-in-bag style camera protection solution with an internal divider which keeps items in place and prevents them getting scratched. Or choose the dedicated Lens Case LSC-0811 featuring a Three -layer construction – ideal protection for your lens during transportation and storage.
M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12 mm 1:2.0 Wide-Angle Prime Lens for Dramatic Shots
This high-speed, wide-angle single focal length lens is great for getting dramatic and spontaneous shots, even in low-light conditions. Compact and lightweight with a beautiful full-metal body and bright aperture combined with Olympus’ outstanding optical performance.
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I did consider getting the Panasonic 20mm or the Leica 15mm, but the Panasonic has rather slow focusing apparently (a criticism you can't level at the Olympus) and the Leica is expensive and a bit too wide angle for me for this type of lens.
Compared to my other two Olympus primes, I'd say the 17mm is probably 'not quite' as good as they are, even though it's more expensive. It isn't just as sharp in all situations (like at the edges when you use a wide aperture), and doesn't have 'quite' the same ability to make you look like a pro with every shot you take. Reviews moan aabout vignetting, but I can't say I've noticed much of that so far, and it wouldn't be a problem at smaller apertures anyway.
Having said that, the differences really aren't huge and I have taken some great shots with this lens. It's hard to describe the difference. But most shots I take with the 45mm especially have an instant 'wow' factor when you look at them on your computer full size. With the 17mm, you still sometimes get that, but just not nearly as often. But when things work out, photos have a very nice 'look' to them, which is also hard to define. And it's a versatile focal length for a range of situations, wide enough but not too wide. I use it for things like classic car shows, and it's the perfect focal length for that. Mostly shots come out as sharp as you could want and the last shoot I did could have been published in a magazine (though I say so myself!). Fantastic colour and very good contrast are traits this lens shares with the other Olympus primes. Just make sure that if you're taking advantage of the widest apertures (one of this lens's key selling points) that you nail the focus on the right part of your image and don't expect edge-to-edge sharpness at f/1.8, though it's entirely usable at its widest aperture, which makes it a superb low-light lens.
At f/2.8 and especially f/4 everything looks pin sharp however, and day-to-day, you're more likely to be using these kind of apertures.
I have noticed that at its closest focus distance, it seems sharper than the 25mm. And very sharp for a non-macro lens. Close focus distance is nothing special though,and the wide-angle of view makes it seem less close than it really is.
You can get nice differential focus with this lens even though it's a wide angle lens. You just need to be close to your subject. Out of focus backgrounds, when you get them, look fantastic.
This lens is perfect for stills or video, with fast, silent focusing (it's an 'MSC' lens - that's Movie and Stills Compatible).
It's a surprisingly small and light lens, but rather beautifully and solidly made from metal - perhaps why it's more expensive than the plastic-bodied 25mm and 45mm. The focus ring doesn't turn as beautifully smoothly as on my 25mm lens however. Perhaps this is because of the clever manual focus ring that you pull back to activate. When you do this it reveals a depth of field scale, which could be useful if you're a bit old school. On my E-M10, pulling back the ring goes into manual focus mode (MF shows on screen) but oddly doesn't activate the 'magnify image' setting even though I've set it to do that in the menu. If you select MF from the menu and focus manually without pulling back on the ring however, it DOES magnify. They could have made better use of this feature.
There's generally a lot to like and not much to complain about with this lens though. I would have liked a lens hood (like you get with the 25mm) since wider angle lenses are more prone to flare. There's no case or pouch for the lens either, but I suppose you can pick up both these items very cheaply.
Note that this came in a plain, simple box because it's split from a kit. There is a disclaimer that tells you this. It doesn't matter unless the full retail box with glossy colours is important to you, which actually it might be if you ever decide to sell it. Something to think about.
For me as a documentary photographer a focal length of choice is 35mm on FF cameras which is more or less the same FOV as this 17mm when you take into account the 2X crop factor.
The body is made of metal & to a high standard, with a great push/pull focus system to switch from auto to manual focus.
The f1.8 is useful for lower light worker but does not give huge shallow dof due to it being a wider lens.
The quality of the shots from my em-1 are nothing short of stunning, however the same lens on my em-5 are slightly softer.... I believe this is due to the lack of AA filter in the em-1, however this should not deter you from buying this lens if you are an em-5 owner as 'real world' usage will have minimum impact on the IQ.
The colours are punchy with great micro contrast & focus is quick and silent.
I would definitely recommend this as a high quality std lens and yes it may be more expensive than the equivalent apps-c/FF versions but the diminutive size and sheer usability make this an excellent purchase!!!
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