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OlympusM.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Easily interchangeable (17)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
  • Consistent output (8)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Low light (12)
  • Night photography (8)
  • Weddings (8)
  • Macro photography (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Such A Deal

I use this lens on a Olympus e-pl1 and it performs well indeed. Not only does it afford a faster shutter speed but wide open all but the far corners are sharp. It speeds...Read complete review

I use this lens on a Olympus e-pl1 and it performs well indeed. Not only does it afford a faster shutter speed but wide open all but the far corners are sharp. It speeds up the focus as well. Looks meant to be on the champagne bodied Olympus PL1 as well. It feels tightly made with no slop. Stopped down to f4 it makes for a great landscape lens or for indoors with no flash. At it's current under $240 price it's hard to pass up. I read so much about the excessive CA it was supposed to have but thus far I haven't seen any. A superb tool for the toolbox. I don't really have a bad thing to say about this lens, and would have expected to if I trusted other reviewers.

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Not much better than the 14-42mm lens

I have used Olympus E-P1 with 14-42 mm lens for two years. I think it is a good camera to bridge the gap between DSLR and point-and shoot. Recently I would like to...Read complete review

I have used Olympus E-P1 with 14-42 mm lens for two years. I think it is a good camera to bridge the gap between DSLR and point-and shoot. Recently I would like to add a second lens with a larger aperture for better indoor pictures, so I bought this 17 mm f/2.8 lens. The fixed focal length was also expected to provide sharper images.Now I have taken a number of pictures with the this 17 mm f/2.8 lens. The pictures looked great. However, when I compared this lens with the 14-42 mm lens at a similar focal length and a similar aperture (about f/3.5), I was surprised to find out that the image taken by the 14-42 mm lens is sharper. It implies that the "slightly larger aperture" in the 17-mm lens cannot produce better images. As a result, the only advantage of using the 17-mm is "lighter and smaller." Although the price of [$] is not cheap, there is probably no better "large aperture solution" at this price level. This is the value of the 17-mm. But if you already bring the 14-42 mm during a travel, there is no need to bring the 17-mm. The 14-42 mm is sharper and more versatile.

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4.0

underrated lens!

By JRG SHOOTER

from EUROPE

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

      Nice, handy, and very mobile little lens, Oly's first offering in m43. Overshadowed by the Pany 20mm, it has nevertheless held its own and delivers equally great results. The only big con is that it's useless for video (very noisy).

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      4.0

      Excellent

      By rcorrea

      from Mexico

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      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

        very nice lens

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        4.0

        Older design holding up

        By Theo

        from Canada

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Sharper Than Kit Lens

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Daily Snapshots
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

        The 14-42 IIR kit zoom is too bulky for a jacket pocket; therefore I bought this 17 f2.8 for my E-PM2 for lightweight daily carry. This prime lens fits fine in my pocket as planned. As this stage of its life, it is being sold at a discount at most places and even cheaper bought second hand.

        Are there any advantages other than compact size? A review here concluded that the 14-42 is sharper than 17 f2.8; I totally disagree. My copy of this 17mm is no doubt significantly sharper than my 14-42 at the same focal length from corner to corner, and the 17 f2.8 has a full one stop advantage so that I can shoot at lower ISO for less grainy photos.

        There is only one disadvantage. The focus speed is slower than the kit lens and most modern MFT lenses. It's not that great for chasing down a toddler or following moving targets.

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        4.0

        Great quality, fast focus

        By Mike in Dover

        from Dover, DE

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Street shooting

          Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

          I have the lens on a E-P3 and it works great. Build quality is excellent, it is very flat and makes the P3 a pocket camera. I like prime lenses. I also have a 12 mm f2.0. The cool thing about the scale of these m4/3 cameras and lenses is that it is practical to haul around the camera and several lenses without too much weight. The 17 mm f/2.8 is a bit noisy while focusing but is very fast in autofocusing.

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          3.0

          No complaint,only after the $150 rebate.

          By lexmann

          from British Columbia, Canada

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          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

            Average image quality. Pretty cheap feel but performs reasonably.

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            4.0

            Syrup Smooth Pancake

            By AitAoMR

            from Kansas City

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Super Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Quick Candid Photos
              • Street photography

              Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

              This is a very useful lens. It's so compact I can attach it to my OM-D EM-5 and drop it in my front pants pocket. Autofocus is fast and smooth. It's made of a light weight plastic but the build is solid. I'm satisfied with the image quality but early readings suggest that it's not quite as sharp as the Oly 45mm 1.8 I bought at the same time. The 2.8 speed is very useful as compared to the slower zooms made for these CSCs.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By AEB

              from DC Area

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                Great little lens. I originally picked it up to have an "everyday" camera, since lugging a dSLR around all the time can get cumbersome. I don't shoot much with a telephoto, and the only other lens I was considering the 12mm. I opted for this lens because of the smaller form factor. It's a nice balance of size price and features.

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                5.0

                Great little lens

                By Stephen

                from Manhattan NYC

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                  This little prime lens is a great addition to the E-PL3 camera. It's sharp, super compact, fast and has an easy manual focus ring. It gives maximum flexibility to the a camera that's already a joy to use and has become an essential part of my kit along with the 14mm-42mm zoom.

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                  2.0

                  Not much better than the 14-42mm lens

                  By Yang

                  from Monterey Park, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Not as sharp as expected

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                  I have used Olympus E-P1 with 14-42 mm lens for two years. I think it is a good camera to bridge the gap between DSLR and point-and shoot. Recently I would like to add a second lens with a larger aperture for better indoor pictures, so I bought this 17 mm f/2.8 lens. The fixed focal length was also expected to provide sharper images.Now I have taken a number of pictures with the this 17 mm f/2.8 lens. The pictures looked great. However, when I compared this lens with the 14-42 mm lens at a similar focal length and a similar aperture (about f/3.5), I was surprised to find out that the image taken by the 14-42 mm lens is sharper. It implies that the "slightly larger aperture" in the 17-mm lens cannot produce better images. As a result, the only advantage of using the 17-mm is "lighter and smaller." Although the price of [$] is not cheap, there is probably no better "large aperture solution" at this price level. This is the value of the 17-mm. But if you already bring the 14-42 mm during a travel, there is no need to bring the 17-mm. The 14-42 mm is sharper and more versatile.

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                  4.0

                  Sweet Pancake

                  By gochugogi

                  from Honolulu

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                  Got this one mounted on my EP-3 most of the time and it's sharp, tiny and reasonably fast at F2.8. Focus is a bit slow for the tiny movements needed but not terrible. Although AF is not silent , it's very quiet, certainly inaudible on the streets, bars and restaurants where I use it. Makes a great duo with the Oly optical VF.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Lens for starters

                  By Beejay

                  from Alexandria, VA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                  We are really new to the Micro 4/3 set of cameras. We are quite used to our Canon SLRs, but we wanted something smaller to replace our point and shoot.

                  I really like this lens for an all around lens. It makes you work to get a good shot. I like it better than the kit lens that came with the PL3.

                  I noticed that it searches quite a bit while trying to focus, but I think that's the only part that bothers me.

                  Overall, I believe that this is a sharp lens for the money. I think that I might step up sometime in the future for the Panasonic 20mm one of these days.

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                  4.0

                  Nice little lens

                  By shorty

                  from durham, NC

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                    I bought PL2 for travel light and this Lens help reach this goal. It is a good little fast lens. Now, the usual lens packaged with Olympus PL2 is the 14 - 42 which goes 75 mm out from the camera, not something you put in your pocket. The shortest lens for this camera is this 17mmer which is still 30mm "up front." Since the purpose of making these mirror-less is to bring DSLR down to the P&S size anyway, I wonder why they don't make a lens for that. How about a f5.6 with less elements?

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                    5.0

                    nice lens

                    By Katz

                    from Montreal, QC, Canada

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                      With my E-PL1, the camera is totally compact with really good looks.
                      I have taken some pictures of kids and flowers at BBQ.
                      All the pictures catch the scenes very clearly. Pen camera with this lens can be used just like point and shoot cameras for almost all the scenes (with better quality!).
                      Even 7-year-old girl can take a good picture with my camera and this lens.
                      I would recommend this set (Pen with pancake lens) for the family with young children.

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                      4.0

                      this is a good lens

                      By hp32ram

                      from Indianapolis, IN

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                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • SmallCompact

                      Cons

                      • Pricey but worth it

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                      the lens worked well with my former Pen PL1 and is now on my PL2. it works well for low light situations. The price is a little high for what the lens is.

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                      5.0

                      Superior Technology

                      By RobZilla

                      from New Orleans

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Most anywhere

                          Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                          This lens shares time with others lens use, but makes an otherwise nothing shot, into a something shot. Close ups are amazing, and and technology does the rest. Quality, results, size, and budget, all come together well in rigging the Olympus Pen Cameras. Great Job Olympus!

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                          4.0

                          crisp close ups

                          By the reverend

                          from salt lake city, utah

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                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                            The lens that came with the Pen rarely gets put back on unless I really need the ability to zoom.
                            It takes excellent close up images in fairly low light.
                            I was hoping for a bit better low light performance

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                            5.0

                            Compact Gem

                            By Mike

                            from Huntington Station, NY

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • There are no cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                            I purchased this lens because I often want a smaller, lighter camera to carry than one with a zoom lens. On my Olympus Pen E-PL1 this fixed focal length lens certainly accomplishes the goal.

                            The M. Zuiko 17mm F2.8 is not only extremely compact, but very solidly built, easy to use and tack sharp at all apertures.

                            The focal length is the equivalent of 34mm on a 35mm camera. This makes it useful in a wide variety of situations, from landscapes to available light portraits.

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                            4.0

                            Simple and compact

                            By GeoPhoto

                            from Chicago, IL

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                                  I'm using this lens as the primary now on my EP-2. It's "less" therefore more! When I need a quick shot and use the EP-2 for its great resolution/file size in raw, this lens is the answer. I crop when necessary with the WA capture. Great lens for day to day street work when I don't want to lug the big gear.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great lens

                                  By The Camera Fetichist

                                  from Santiago de Chile (CL)

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                                  Pros

                                  • "Good looking" lens
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • a bit expensive
                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • All around lens

                                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                                  Though it is not cheap, it is way cheaper than it's closer alternative (the one qith the Panasonic logo).
                                  In terms of focal length is pretty much all you need unless you are taking pictures in "the wild" (outdoor).
                                  Makes carrying my GF1 much easier (now it feels like a point and shoot).
                                  One additional benefit is the vintage look that it gave to my GF1.
                                  Overall a great lens.

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                                  4.0

                                  Small and Fast

                                  By Nikonman

                                  from Lawrence, Kansas

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras:

                                    It doesn't take up much room and is reasonably fast. You can use it in a variety of situations and just have to use your feet for the Zoom. Most subjects don't realize how close you can get. It also takes almost wide angel shots. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it were just a little faster than f/2.8. I also use it on my Lumix GF1 with no problems.

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