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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (Black) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras - International Version (No Warranty)
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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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|Item Dimensions||3.6 x 5.8 x 5.8 cm||—||5.2 x 6.1 x 6.1 cm||8 x 8 x 10 cm||2.55 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm||10.7 x 9.4 x 9.3 cm|
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|Max Focal Length||17 mm||17 mm||25 mm||25 mm||20 mm||18 mm|
|Min Focal Length||17 mm||17 mm||25 mm||25 mm||20 mm||9 mm|
|Mounting Type||Olympus||micro four thirds||Micro FourThirds||Micro FourThirds||Micro FourThirds||micro four thirds|
Colour Name: Black | Style Name: Import
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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 and 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 17millimeters 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.
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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.
The cons: This lens is a touch soft throughout the aperture range. It's sharp enough for pleasing results, but not tack-sharp as I would expect. The close focus capabilities aren't amazing either. Also, I had a gripe with the the manual focus experience. The lens has a manual focus clutch, allowing the user to pull-back the focus ring, revealing a focus distance scale and engaging a more dampened twist. The promise is a classic street-shooting experience. It's sounds like an awesome feature, but it does not feel as easy or as pleasurable to use as a classic manual-focus prime. There were some technical quirks that really brought down the experience too, when switching to manual mode via the clutch mechanism, certain settings would turn off or would not engage, including manual focus assists. With such a technologically capable mirrorless system, it's quite disappointing that the clutch is handicapped by software quirks. In contrast, on the Sony system, manual focus is a breeze using a simple adapter with and a vintage lens, and the assists easily help you nail the focus. I think some of these could be addressed by a much needed software update. Overall, the MF was bit of a frustrating experience, and I found myself keeping the lens mostly in auto-focus.
I found the 35mm-equivalent focal length versatile, but also a little awkward. This is not the fault of this particular lens, but just a warning to photographers who might not regularly shoot at this focal length. I often wished I had touch more width for landscapes and tight city-shooting, and a touch more reach for portraits and environmental details.
I was able to get some truly great images with the em5-mkII paired with this lens. Even the JPEGs are just excellent, with very nice color, and a pleasing histogram where contrast can be easily adjusted for more punch. If you know that you like the 35mm equivalent focal length, and you are invested in the Olympus system, then it may be a good option for you.
The issue is, the lens is significantly overpriced, especially considering one of it's coolest promised features does not live up to the hype. Overall the 17mm 1.8 is compact, versatile, and well-crafted, but I'm not sure that it is right for everyone. 5 stars would have meant: this lens is an essential buy. 4 stars would have meant "I really liked it, and don't regret buying it". 3 stars means "I liked it, but I would also consider other options"
The “clutch” ( pulling the ring back) automatically puts the camera into manual focus ( Olympus).. and give me incredible composition flexibility. Btw once you use it... you’ll be wondering what isn’t like this on all lenses.
The hood doesn’t come with it, and I should have added it. Another discovery, it’s how small it is on the Olympus OMD 1mkii body.. which IIS a good thing but, coming from the canon slr world, I’m use to having a B.A.L. ( big @xx lens)..I’ll get used to it😜.
It’s not weather sealed and because it so fast F1.8 ( for m4/3). I recommend an polorizer and or a ND filter. For this s hi noon conditions. Other than that , don’t hesitate and get this Lens. I have the silver version.