Pekka Potka tests the Olympus 17mm f/1.8: Not the perfect 35mm equivalent, yet.

"The M. Zuiko 17mm lens is a nice lens to use. Small and well made. Autofocusing is lightning fast and silent. It is a joy to walk with; walk to the spot where you by experience know you get the right angle, raise the camera, shoot, walk on... Fast, unobtrusive. It also has the same, very practical pull-push focusing ring as M. Zuiko 12mm lens. And it also comes in the

same champagne silvery finish, sadly with no hood, of course. You should always use lens hood for the sake of (micro) contrast. The starting price is 499 €, which, I may say, told me already before I tried this lens where it sits optically. Price and quality goes hand in hand. If you feel this is expensive, you will also find this lens being very good. For me the goodness starts to be seen from size A2. Speaking of drawing conclusions, actually I already said good bye to my highest hopes a few months ago when I first saw the prototype of this lens with its small front element."

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