Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review: If you are looking for a high brightness and a nice creamy background, a choice for the optically superior Olympus 45 mm or 75 mm lenses is more obvious than for the 17mm lens.

"The Olympus 17 mm 1.8 is a nicely built lens with which you can focus quickly and accurately, automatically or manually. On this Olympus 17 mm 1.8 lens is a ring, which acts as an AF / MF switch. The focus ring stops at 25 cm or infinity and the focus ring has a pleasant resistance when focusing. This takes away the concerns that some photographers have against the electronic focus-by-wire system. The AF is also completely silent, which makes this lens very suitable for video. At full aperture, this lens already draws quite sharp in the center. From aperture 1.8, the center resolution

increases further up to 2.8 and remains sharp from corner to corner at aperture 4. Vignetting is high for a standard lens on a camera with a relatively small sensor. Chromatic aberration in jpg files is fairly low and only visible at large magnifications. Yet we are used to more of Olympus micro-43 lenses with fixed focal length in this part.

If you are looking for a high brightness and a nice creamy background, a choice for the optically better performing Olympus 45 mm or Olympus 75 mm lenses is more obvious than an Olympus 17 mm 1.8. If you have no objection to a slightly lesser brightness, the Olympus 9-18 mm is more versatile in terms of focal length and optically just as good."

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