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Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 34mm Equivalent in 35mm Format
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) AF
  • Snapshot Manual Focus Control Ring
  • Distance and DOF Indicators
  • Dual Super Aspherical Element
  • High Refractive Index Element
  • Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating
  • For OM-D and PEN System Cameras
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The black M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens from Olympus is an all-metal 17mm prime lens designed for the Olympus line of Micro Four Thirds cameras such as the E-PM2, E-PL5 and E-P5 digital cameras. Its focal length is equivalent to 34mm in the 35mm format and its minimum focusing distance is 9.8" (25 cm). It is a very bright, fast lens ideal for everyday photography as well as street photography in which fast shutter speeds and sufficient light is important. Of course, with a wide maximum aperture of f/1.8, this is a fine lens for low-light situations and shallow depth of field imaging.

This lens features Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus with an inner focus system, which provides fast focusing for stills work and runs smooth and quiet, important when shooting video. The lens barrel has a 'Snapshot' ring which pulls back for manual focus control. Distance and depth-of-field scales for manual control are easily viewable on the lens barrel when the Snapshot ring is pulled back. Three aspherical elements, including a Dual Super Aspherical element to correct aberrations, as well as a High Refractive index element to correct high spherical aberrations, provide quality imaging and ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coatings are applied to the elements to reduce lens flare and ghost images.

Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture for sharp low light imaging and shallow depth of field
Snapshot ring on lens barrel for manual control of focus
Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) Autofocus provides a fast AF motor that runs smoothly and quietly, which is important when shooting video.
Three aspherical elements including a Dual Super Aspherical element reduce aberrations and provide sharp images
ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coatings are applied to the lens elements to reduce flare and ghost images even with a back-lit subject.
Performance
Focal Length 17mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 34 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 65°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.08x
Elements/Groups 9/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.26 x 1.40" (57.5 x 35.5 mm)
Weight 4.23 oz (120 g)
Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
  • LC-46 Lens Cap for Select M.Zuiko Lenses
  • 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap For E-P1 Lenses
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    OlympusM.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)
     
    4.7

    (based on 73 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (52)
    • Durable (37)
    • Easy to use (35)
    • Reliable (28)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (38)
      • Travel (36)
      • Landscape photography (27)
      • Home (20)
      • Low light (14)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (27), Semi-professional (12), Photo enthusiast (10), Professional (7), Semi-pro photographer (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (63)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A great 35mm equiv lens for MFT

      I recently bought an EPL-5, my first MFT camera. I've been using Canon FF gear for a few years and whilst I love the Canon IQ and ergonomics, I wanted something smaller...Read complete review

      I recently bought an EPL-5, my first MFT camera. I've been using Canon FF gear for a few years and whilst I love the Canon IQ and ergonomics, I wanted something smaller and lighter for when I travel but which still delivers excellent IQ. The EPL-5 meets this requirement perfectly - it's an incredible camera for its size and price with IQ getting close to the 5dii.

      I wanted a nice medium-wide to standard prime to go with it though, so I took a close look at the Oly 17/1.8, the Pany 20/1,8 and the Pany 25/1.4 by going out and shooting for a few hours in NYC. This is my summary:

      Build

      - The 17/1.8 has nicer build than either of the Panasonic lenses. It's a beautiful piece of optical engineering with a good quality feel in all ways. By comparison, the Panasonic glass seems lower rent - although take this comment in context; there is nothing that anyone could seriously complain about in the Panasonic lenses' build quality - it's just that the Oly lens is a notch above.

      AF

      - The 17/1.8 wins hands down, esp in low light. As with build quality though, the Panasonic lenses aren't bad and I doubt that they'd fail to meet most people's needs. To emphasise this point, I did some night-time shooting in NYC with the 20/1.7 and I had absolutely no problems - focus lock was slower than the 17/1.8, but not excessively so and focus was always accurate, so long as I did my part right!

      MF

      Like all MFT AF lenses, all three lenses support what the DSLR crowd have for years called 'full-time manual focus override'. Basically, you can use AF (or not) first and then rotate the focus ring to override the AF setting without moving any switches. This works well if you want to tweak focus. Once the camera tries to AF again (eg if you press the shutter half-way again), then whatever manual setting you had will be lost.

      What the Oly offers over and above the two Pany lenses though is a second 'full manual' mode. In this mode (activated by sliding the focus ring back a small amount), the focus ring is locked to the focus mechanism and a turn of approx 135 degrees will move it from min focus to infinity. At each end, the focus ring will stop - unlike in the mode discussed above where the ring spins and spins. AF is also disabled in this mode, so the lens will stay where you focused it.

      I can see this full MF feature being really useful for street photographers since it means that they can set a hyperfocal distance and just shoot away without focusing at all for the ultimate in fast capture. When placed in full MF mode, a DOF scale is revealed to help set this up (but with only 135 degrees rotation end-to-end, the scale is somewhat scrunched up).

      Overall, this full MF mode should really help with street photography and paired with the 35mm (equiv) focal length probably positions this lens as the go-to optic for street shooters on MFT.

      Sharpness

      - OK, the 17/1,8 isn't as sharp as the two Panasonic lenses towards the edges of the frame and when wide open. However, centre sharpness is as good as identical on all three so unless you're shooting scenes that require corner-to-corner sharpness wide-open (e.g. building interiors), then it's a non-issue. Once stopped down to f4, the edge sharpness deficiency on the 17/1.8 is all but gone.

      For street shooting, portraits, landscapes (where you'll be stopped down) and general purpose photography, the sharpness of the 17/1.8 is way better than adequate. However, if ultimate sharpness is important to you, then you'll be leaving the Oly on the shelf. For me, I think the Oly's qualities in other areas (build, AF, CA) make it a winner.

      CA/Fringing

      - None of these lenses are free of fringing/CA issues. I found both the Panasonic lenses to be worse though - esp the 20/1.7 which exhibits some horrendous purple fringing in the wrong conditions (high contrast highlights). Lightroom does a good job of removing these problems, so RAW shooters can produce clean shots, but JPG users will suffer. Remember too, that CA fixing/defringing will lose resolution, so this detracts a little from the resolution advantages of the Panasonic lenses (but it's a small point).

      Colo(u)r, contrast etc

      - I've no complaints with any of the lenses. The 20/1.7 seems the most 'constrasty' on first glance, but tweaking in Lightroom or such like can get shots from any of the lenses to look fairly close. I can convince myself that the 17/1.8 offers better microcontrast than the 20/1.7, but it's subtle.

      Flare

      - I didn't get chance to do comparative test of flare, but now that I'm an owner of a 17/1.8, I can say that it handles flare exceptionally well. Maybe this is why Olympus doesn't include a lens-hood?

      Focal Length

      Of course, FL choice is personal and depends on what you're shooting. For general purpose use though, a 35mm (FF equiv) lens is a good compromise and for this reason the Oly works well for me. I'd be happy with the 20/1.7 too, but there is a noticeably smaller FOV. The 25/1.4 is a great 'standard' lens - great for head and shoulders portraits without too much worry of perspective distortion effects, but I find it a little limiting for general purpose use since it's just not wide enough. YMMV!

      Summary

      Despite a slightly disappointing sharpness result in the corners wide open, the Oly 17/1.8 is a great lens. For me (and 99% of other photographers), I don't think this sharpness issue is anything that will ever be noticed, let alone spoil a shot. However, for those that require the absolute highest resolution possible, then one of the two Panasonic lenses will satisfy more.

      For me, the build, AF performance, colours, contrast, CA control and full MF mode mean this is a lens that earns its price tag.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not very sharp, not contrasty enough.

      I bought this as an attempt at a fast 35mm equivalent lens for m43 but never fell in love with it. In fact, I can't wait to get rid of it.
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      I bought this as an attempt at a fast 35mm equivalent lens for m43 but never fell in love with it. In fact, I can't wait to get rid of it.

      Yes, it's a sexy looking lightweight little pancake of a lens and feels well constructed, and that's all fine and well, but it just didn't deliver the image quality I was looking for when mounted on my OM-D E-M1.

      I always felt this lens lacked sharpness wide open, and lacked contrast in general - especially in comparison to, say, the Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO (which is a lens that covers this focal length anyway). Stopping down the 17mm helped a bit, but that also defeats the purpose of owning this lens if you also have the 12-40mm in my opinion (which I believe is a sharper lens when both are at f2.8).

      The 17mm's maximum reproduction ratio isn't what I'd like it to be either. One of the joys of my 35mm lenses on my full frame bodies are their ability to reproduce at, say, 1:4. This 17mm only goes to 0.08x, which can be somewhat limiting in any sort of pseudo close-up setting.

      VIABLE ALTERNATIVES TO THE ZUIKO 17mm f1.8:

      The Panasonic 20mm f1.7 is sharper than this lens, in my opinion (and definitely focuses closer), but the Panny's autofocus is slow which can be annoying. In the end I chose the 17mm over the 20mm Panny, but in retrospect I would have chosen NEITHER of these.

      If you're OK with a slightly narrower angle of view, the Zuiko 25mm f1.8 is simply sharper. And cheaper. Plus, as a 50mm equivalent, it'll actually render narrower depth of field at similar working distances if that's what you're going for (ok, ok, I know a 50mm and a 35mm equiv are for different situations. apples and oranges.).

      I haven't tested the Panny-Leica 25mm f1.4 nor the Panny-Leica 15mm f1.7 personally. People seem to like the 25mm f1.4 especially given its ability to give SLIGHTLY narrower depth of field than the others.

      Finally:
      Instead of ANY of the above, I'd rather just buy a Ricoh GR (GR V) for my walk around at its 28mm equiv f2.8 lens with APSC sensor - and I did!

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      5.0

      Great little lens!

      By Joe

      from Bellevue, WA

      Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

      This is now my second time owning this lens. I sold it because I had just gotten the 25mm and the two were similar in focal length. But I decided to purchase it again because of a couple of reasons. First of all I really like the focal length as my wide prime. The 12mm is too wide and I need a wide-normal for tight spots. Secondly, the AF speed is lightning quick. Snaps focus instantly. Thirdly, the image quality - color, skin tone rendering, etc. - is really beautiful. Hard to describe but the lens paints images with great color and looks silky smooth. Thirdly, it is sharp even wide open. I don't understand all of the negative press this receives regarding sharpness. This lens is plenty sharp at F/1.8. And lastly, build quality. I love the metal construction and snap back manual focus capability. This is built like a tank - LOVE IT! The way this lens was designed and constructed is like a work of art. Just worth the price owning it. I highly recommend this lens!!

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      5.0

      Excellent little lens...

      By Brian Steele

      from St. George's, Grenada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

        I bought this lens to fill a specific purpose: to allow me to take photographs at the "after-hash" events of the Grenada Hash House Harriers' hashes, which typically occur within an hour or so of sunset time. This lens has performed admirably, allowing me to get by without the use of flash for most of my shots. And I've experienced very few instances of out-of-focus shots or shots suffering from "shutter-shock", a significant difference to the kit 14-42 lens' performance.

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        5.0

        Amazing lens!

        By Chey

        from Valley stream

        Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

        Exactly what I wanted

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        5.0

        Olympus 17mm vs Panasonic 20mm

        By Sparks

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slightly Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

        I've been using the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 as my "standard" lens for ages on my Olympus OM-D E-M5, but have been having major issues with banding at high ISOs and cripplingly slow AF. I primarily shoot concerts so these two issues combined are more than a little annoying to work around so I finally decided to bite the bullet and grab the Olympus 17mm. I'm now wondering why I waited so long. This lens is super zippy and crystal clear with nice, creamy bokeh at higher apertures and the added bonus of being slightly wider. The only minor downsides are that it's pricier and a bit taller/less portable than the 20mm. If you have an Olympus body and are primarily planning on shooting in the day, the 20mm is still a great lens that'll serve you well, however if you're planning on doing low light photography of any kind, ditch the 20mm and spring for the 17mm. It's worth it.

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        3.0

        Not very sharp, not contrasty enough.

        By Traveling Matt

        from St Louis, Missouri, USA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Lacks Contrast

        Best Uses

          Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

          I bought this as an attempt at a fast 35mm equivalent lens for m43 but never fell in love with it. In fact, I can't wait to get rid of it.

          Yes, it's a sexy looking lightweight little pancake of a lens and feels well constructed, and that's all fine and well, but it just didn't deliver the image quality I was looking for when mounted on my OM-D E-M1.

          I always felt this lens lacked sharpness wide open, and lacked contrast in general - especially in comparison to, say, the Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO (which is a lens that covers this focal length anyway). Stopping down the 17mm helped a bit, but that also defeats the purpose of owning this lens if you also have the 12-40mm in my opinion (which I believe is a sharper lens when both are at f2.8).

          The 17mm's maximum reproduction ratio isn't what I'd like it to be either. One of the joys of my 35mm lenses on my full frame bodies are their ability to reproduce at, say, 1:4. This 17mm only goes to 0.08x, which can be somewhat limiting in any sort of pseudo close-up setting.

          VIABLE ALTERNATIVES TO THE ZUIKO 17mm f1.8:

          The Panasonic 20mm f1.7 is sharper than this lens, in my opinion (and definitely focuses closer), but the Panny's autofocus is slow which can be annoying. In the end I chose the 17mm over the 20mm Panny, but in retrospect I would have chosen NEITHER of these.

          If you're OK with a slightly narrower angle of view, the Zuiko 25mm f1.8 is simply sharper. And cheaper. Plus, as a 50mm equivalent, it'll actually render narrower depth of field at similar working distances if that's what you're going for (ok, ok, I know a 50mm and a 35mm equiv are for different situations. apples and oranges.).

          I haven't tested the Panny-Leica 25mm f1.4 nor the Panny-Leica 15mm f1.7 personally. People seem to like the 25mm f1.4 especially given its ability to give SLIGHTLY narrower depth of field than the others.

          Finally:
          Instead of ANY of the above, I'd rather just buy a Ricoh GR (GR V) for my walk around at its 28mm equiv f2.8 lens with APSC sensor - and I did!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Styllish, Great Performer, No Hood

          By Jim

          from Bloomington, Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Doesn't Intimidate People
          • Fast focus
          • Focuses at short distance
          • Good in low light
          • Stylish Looking
          • Takes Up Little In Bag
          • Very Lite Weight
          • Very sharp images

          Cons

          • No lens hood included
          • Some chromatic aberration

          Best Uses

          • Indoors Low Light
          • Landscape Photography
          • Street photography

          Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

          I purchased the lens to use with my street and landscape photography. I wanted a smaller less professional looking lens for my street photography and a sharper and lighter weight lens for my landscape photography. I was not disappointed.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love the aperture

          By halo34me777

          from Dallas

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Video

            Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            The 1.8 stops is great for the price. Electronic lens is so easy to use.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great first prime lens

            By LA

            from Hawaii

            Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            When I took the plunge and bought my OM-D E-M10 I decided to get this lens because I wanted better IQ than a kit zoom. I was debating between the 25mm and the 17mm and decided on this lens. It was a compromise between a wide angle and a so called normal lens. I don't regret my decision at all. It is sharp and contrasty. The colors pop and the large maximum aperture can get some nice bokeh effects even with the mft size sensor. I am enjoying the picture taking experience with this great lens.

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            5.0

            Clear, sharp, premium lens

            By Justin

            from Nevada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • No Hood

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

            This is a very nice fast prime lens. On a BMPCC, it's about a 50mm equivalent, which is great for a natural field of view and perspective. It seems to be very sharp, and can produce some nice bokeh. The construction seems very durable. It's not a pancake lens, but it's also not too big or heavy either.

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            5.0

            Showed my Canon primes who's boss ...

            By pcj

            from MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

              I'm brand new to this format. Less than a week into owning an Olympus OM-D EM-1, after many happy years with a Canon 7D and primes.I knew I needed a daily lens. Something that would live on the camera, be my walk about, and be flexible enough when I needed something a bit wider than the 45mm I already owned - and this was my choice.And I love it :)For comparison, I used to carry a 28mm f/1.8 Canon prime on my 7D - so the focal lengths are roughly the same. Obviously, the weight and size of my new setup is a huge factor, but I also found the auto focus to be as quick, the low light performance and focus grabbing to be as reliable and clean - and the rather nifty pull ring to get into manual focus is fantastic and smooth.Very very pleased.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Brick

              from washington

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                Fast, sharp wide angle/standard lens.

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                • No

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                4.0

                New Favorite Lens

                By Double D

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video

                  Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                  Extremely light, compact, and relatively sharp even wide open. This is my new go-to lens for MFT bodies.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A Great Street and Travel Lens

                  By Bill

                  from Western Massachusetts

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Street and travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    This is a wonderful lens. It looks like a smaller version of my Olympus 12mm f2.0. It has a metal body and is very well built. I use this lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the autofocus is blazing fast and highly accurate. I think the image quality is excellent. The 17mm focal length is the equivalent of the classic 35mm lens, favored among many street shooters.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Hard to get out if focus

                    By Paul

                    from NJ

                    Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver):

                    I bought this for use with the black magic pocket camera. It brought in a lot of light and seemed to keep my subjects in focus

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Starter

                    By Iron_Mosquito

                    from North Carolina

                    Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    I recently purchased a MFT system. I bought this lens first so I had a fast, semi-wide angle, general purpose lens.

                    The metal construction is pretty solid yet light. The fast aperture allows for acceptable bokeh and low-light performance. The bokeh and sharpness aren't worth drooling over but focus is quick and sharp. At under $500 this is perfectly acceptable and worth more I believe.

                    Canon's competetion to this would be a heavier, larger, slower, and more expensive 35mm 2.0. No contest in my opinion.

                    Distortion and vignetting are minimal. Lens flare does exist but isn't a crucial problem.

                    This is a great starter lens that does exactly what it was designed to do. Take good photos at an affordable price.

                    Five Stars for all-around value, build, and quality.
                    This lens is a winner.

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                    5.0

                    Sharp lens - super fast autofocus

                    By Beikokunotora

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    Photo fan - bought this for street photography.
                    Relatively sharp wide open & autofocus is very fast.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Photo Guy

                    from Tampa, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                      This was not my first choice, the Panasonic 25mm f1/4 was. However the price went up $ overnite and the Zuiko 17mm was less expensive than I thought. Well I am extremely happy with my choice! For the price, I consider it a steal! Very sharp and delivers wonderful colors.

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                      4.0

                      Great lens

                      By Ivan

                      from Mexico city

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        It is a very bright light lens, and great optics.

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                        3.0

                        Great lens for specific uses

                        By Elbarrenechea

                        from Pamplona, SPAIN

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                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                          The construction is great and you feel that you have a very nice lens. However when I first opened the files on the computer, I missed sharpness of other lenses such as 45. Anyway is a great focal length, very comfortable, usable and great for street photography.

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                          5.0

                          Great Macro Lens!

                          By Steve

                          from Dallas, TX

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                            Light weight and well made. I really enjoy using this lens for macro photography.

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