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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8

Olympus  M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8
Olympus  M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8
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Initial Price: 
$500
  • High-speed AF with MSC technology
  • ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating
  • DSA lens, HR lens
  • 2 Aspherical lenses
  • 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

 

Olympus  M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens construction
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 mtf chart

Overview

Description by Olympus:

  • Superb image quality for brilliant photos
  • Snapshot focus mechanism
  • High-speed AF with MSC technology
  • Premium build quality with metal housing
  • ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating for low-reflectivity
  • Image stabilisation mechanism with Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • Excellent low-light capabilities and stunning bokeh

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 (34mm*) lens possesses 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.

Reviews

"This one is easy. This lens has the build, the speed, the feel, the looks, the design and the performance in IQ that makes it a no brainer for your Olympus Micro 4/3 camera (especially the E-M5). If you shoot a Panasonic camera I can not say how the lens does as I did not test it on a Panasonic body but on the E-M5 it rocks just as much as their other premium lenses.

Post date: 27/01/2013 - 21:36

"We tested the review lens on two camera bodies, the PEN E-PM2 (which is reviewed separately) and the OM-D E-M5. It performed better on the latter camera so we've used those results as the basis for this review. Autofocusing was as fast as the camera supports and generally very quiet, making this lens ideal for use when shooting movie clips.

Subjective assessment of shots straight from the camera showed them to be a little soft. However, they became 'sharp as a tack' after very modest unsharp masking in Photoshop.

Post date: 14/01/2013 - 01:40

"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

Post date: 05/01/2013 - 22:02

"This lens is not exactly a successful construction and it should have been thought out better – I write it without scruple. I could even call it ill-considered. Why? Because it repeats some features you can already find in the Micro 4/3 system. When Panasonic and Olympus companies announced the launch of a new system I thought they were going to support each other, filling in their respective gaps. Meanwhile the Olympus 1.8/17 occupies a place already taken by the Panasonic

Post date: 22/11/2012 - 01:34

"That leaves us with the three native AF options. I would not buy the 17/2.8 unless size is a critical priority, or you know that you’re going to be shooting only static objects stopped down; otherwise the slow AF speed will drive you crazy. The Panasonic 20/1.7 is in a similar boat; it’s faster to focus than the 17/2.8 and optically better, but nowhere near as fast as the 17/1.8. The 20/1.7 and 17/1.8 deliver similar resolution in the center, but they render quite differently – the 20/1.7 is

Post date: 18/11/2012 - 09:45

"Do not get me wrong, the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens is a great lens, it is sharp, very technically well controlled, and works very efficiently. It is also not a lens I will fall terribly in love with, unlike the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 or even the 75mm F1.8 lenses. I find the 17mm a lot harder to use, and knowing the trouble to work with the lens, it is difficult to

Post date: 16/11/2012 - 21:09

"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

Post date: 15/11/2012 - 00:00

Yes, it is not enough that Olympus charges serious money for their always optional lens hoods, lately they've gone the optional route for the freaking lens cap too. Street price for a cap: $22-30. Add the hood for approx. $90-$100.
Anyway, the lens will be available from December, with an estimated price of $499/€449.

Olympus (US) press release.

Post date: 13/11/2012 - 22:44

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$500
Release Date: 
11/2012
DXO Mark Score
Distortion: 
0.00%
Vignetting: 
0.0 EV
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
AF Motor type: 
High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
17mm
Max Magnification: 
0.08x
Lens construction: 
9 elements in 6 Groups - DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, HR lens
Diaphragm Blades: 
7 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/ 22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
25.00cm
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
57.0mm
Length: 
35.0mm
Weight: 
120g
Body material: 
Metal with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
46mm

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