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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Lens

BH #OL1712ED • MFR #V311100BU000
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 34mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Four ED Elements, One ED-DSA Element
Pairing a sophisticated optical design with an exceptionally bright maximum aperture, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO from Olympus is a versatile wide-angle, 34mm-equivalent prime for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The lens's calling card is its fast f/1.2 maximum aperture, which suits working in difficult lighting conditions and avails greater control over depth of field. Also, a complex 15 elements, 11 groups construction combines extra-low dispersion, aspherical, and high refractive index elements to significantly reduce both chromatic and spherical aberrations for notable image clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy. A nine-blade aperture is featured as well, to achieve a smooth bokeh quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques, and a Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual elements to limit flare and ghosting for improved contrast.
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Overview

Pairing a sophisticated optical design with an exceptionally bright maximum aperture, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO from Olympus is a versatile wide-angle, 34mm-equivalent prime for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The lens's calling card is its fast f/1.2 maximum aperture, which suits working in difficult lighting conditions and avails greater control over depth of field. Also, a complex 15 elements, 11 groups construction combines extra-low dispersion, aspherical, and high refractive index elements to significantly reduce both chromatic and spherical aberrations for notable image clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy. A nine-blade aperture is featured as well, to achieve a smooth bokeh quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques, and a Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual elements to limit flare and ghosting for improved contrast.

Beyond the imaging assets, the lens' physical design is characterized by a weather-sealed construction to benefit working in harsh climates. It also features a Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system for smooth, quiet, and fast focusing performance that is suitable to both stills and video recording. A manual focus clutch permits quick switching to MF control and a printed depth of field scale is also featured on the lens barrel for pre-focusing and hyper focal focusing techniques.

Standard wide-angle 17mm lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 34mm equivalent focal length.
Exceptionally fast f/1.2 maximum aperture supports working in difficult lighting conditions and affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus techniques.
The intricate optical design employs one Super Extra-Low Dispersion element, three extra-low dispersion elements, one Extra-Low Dispersion Dual-Sided Aspherical element, one Extra-Low Dispersion Aspherical element, one Super High Refractive Index element, and one aspherical element, which all work in concert to control chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity, reduced color fringing, and enhanced sharpness.
A Z Coating Nano has been applied to individual lens elements to noticeably reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality in strong lighting conditions.
An MSC autofocus system, along with an internal focusing design, provides quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance to benefit both still photo shooting and movie recording. Additionally, an MF clutch is used for fast changing to manual focus for more precise control.
Programmable L-Fn (lens function) button for easily accessible settings adjustment.
Weather-sealed construction guards the lens against dust, moisture, and freezing temperatures for working in harsh environments.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 050332191808

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Specs

Focal Length17mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 34mm)
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View65°
Minimum Focus Distance7.87" / 20 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design15 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.69 x 3.43" / 68.2 x 87 mm
Weight13.76 oz / 390 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.9 x 4.4 x 4.3"

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Reviews

Arguably my favorite lens

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-01

I shoot both Nikon FX DSLR & m43 with great glass on both systems. I use m43 to bring the smallest/best possible camera & lens with me in social situations where one cannot appear to be a pro photographer. Restaurants, nightlife & concerts. The Zuiko Pro 17/1.2 is my #1 lens for this purpose. It on an E-M5 III looks like a serious camera but is inconspicuous enough to not kill the vibe while I'm out living an interesting life and taking photographs along the way. You can shoot wide open at f/1.2 and have thin but usable DOF. Close up food photography I'll stop down anywhere from f/1.6 to f/4 depending on how much DOF I want. Sharpness, color, contrast, smoothness of bokeh, whatever optical criteria is close enough to flawless. Focus is super fast on Olympus phase detect bodies, silent, accurate & the build quality is impeccable. My only knock is the Zuiko Pro lens hoods aren't as nice as the top spec PanaLeicas but such is life. They're fine. I'm not complaining. The results speak for themselves. Just buy it!

Fantastic sharpness

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-27

I switched to using an Olympus OM - E1 MkII about 2 years ago from a Canon 5D MkIV and a collection of L series lenses. I was a dedicated Canon user, but due a handful of physical issues I made the choice due to weight and quality - especially LENSES. This lens certainly does not disappoint - besides the obvious advantages of an f1.2 lens in low light, it is EXTREMELY sharp. I’m not easily impressed but this lens would probably impress any serious photographer.

I love this lens with f1.2

By Quoc-Uy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-03

I do mostly hobby level landscape photography. The weather sealed lens was handy a couple of times shooting in the rain. My favorite feature, and the reason I bought this lens, is the f1.2. It works great in low light! It is fast enough that I was able to shoot many sunrises and sunsets without a tripod. And when I shoot landscape portraits, I love the bokeh this lens produces.

The last—the best

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-22

I have the full complement of Olympus Pro Lenses. Really going over the decision to purchase this 17mm 1.2 (approximately 35mm) was so difficult—if you have the 25mm 1.2–why get the 17mm 1.2? The lens is not inexpensive for the average photo shoot—the 1.8 is about a third the price. However, watching comparisons and reading up on both lenses I’m sure you will want the 1.2. Because I’m a people shooter I look at lenses with how many people can fit with no distortion: 25mm=2/45mm=1 and the best for four = 35mm or this micro 4/3 17mm—great Bokeh and extremely versatile—my now “always on the camera” lens—extremely sharp and wonderful in low light. You will want the 17/1.2 in your bag—also great for street shooting at night.

Superb Optics

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-28

Does everything I wanted it to do. Wonderful in low light. No more stuttering to focus. Perfect for me

A Precision Instrument - Sharp and DOF Scalpel

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-23

Absolutely the sharpest lens I have ever owned in 45 years, and in that time I have owned OLY 35, Mamiya 6X7, and Mamiya C330 6X6 TLR lenses. High micro-contrast. At F1.2 the center, edges and corners are equivalent to my Olympus PRO 12-40 at 17mm F2.8. By F2.0 center and edge exceed sharpness of my Oly 60mm F2.8 macro at F5.6, which had yielded my sharpest images. Despite having a moderate wide FOV, this lens at F1.2 shooting a full height person in landscape view produces noticeable separation between the subject and foreground and background. Bokeh is soft and luscious when objects are close, and DOF is more limited than you might expect for this 34mm full-frame equivalent. It balances well on my my EM-1, but I have tried it out on my EP-5 and don't feel the weight is too much. Keep in mind, In my 45 years in photography I always brace the lens in my left hand with the body in my right, and if the camera isn't in my hand with a wrist or finger strap then it's in my bag. Yes, it's expensive, but if you wan't the absolute best, a precision optic, the sharpest, most contrasty lens, this is it. Yes it's expensive, but it ain't Leica expensive, and I would bet it's sharper than ANY Leica lens. Warning . . . don't buy this lens if you wan't old school "buttery smooth" images or "Leica-like" character to go with your high end tube audio gear and $30K turntable.

Versatile, Fast, Sharp Lens

By Bryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

Super sharp lens that is fast in low light. Colors are beautiful and the bokeh is great. This is my go to primary lens for travel, street, and portrait lens. I was also considering the OM 20mm 1.4 lens and I much prefer the 17 mm focal lens. This lens is still a highly relevant lens that outperforms so many of its peers.

Noisy, makes EVF blink upon autofocus

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-26

The lens made a clicking sound, and the EVF blinked upon pressing the shutter release button partway to autofocus. Other Olympus lenses to not do this. I believe that the noise is actually the iris stopping down. Other Olympus lenses do not make the EVF blink. I exchanged it for another, and the second lens made the same sound and made the EVF blink. I returned the second lens.

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question

Is it Made in Japan like the other Pro lenses?
Asked by: Tuyen N.
According to the information we have, our current inventory's Country of Origin is Japan. Please be aware this can change over the product's production life without notice.
Answered by: Daniel M.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Will the 17mm f/1.2 Pro work in ProCapture Low ...

Will the 17mm f/1.2 Pro work in ProCapture Low mode?
Asked by: Chris
Yes, on bodies that support procapture mode.
Answered by: Quoc-Uy
Date published: 2022-01-29

question

Why is it taking so long for this lens to become available? Are there production issues?
Asked by: Jeffrey R.
Olympus has not stated if there were any issues in particular. In any event, the lens is in stock and ready for you to order one.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is this lens good for astro photography?

Is this lens good for astro photography?
Asked by: Felita
This lens is excellent in low light and would work well for astro shooting, however a wider focal length may be more desirable.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-11-10

question

Is the manual focus ring on this lens different from other Olympus pro lenses? The one I have is not as smooth as my 45mm f1.2
Asked by: Cole
We are not sure if you mean tactical or function smoothness. All the lenses made by Olympus have very similar grip so they should all feel about the same. If manually focusing the movement of the ring is not smooth, you might consider exchanging your lens if you just purchased it.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is it noisy during with C-AF when recording videos on Panasonic bodies? How well does it perform?
Asked by: Zuri H.
You will definitely be able to hear the focusing system. We recommend that you record audio separately.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Does this lens have an aperture ring?
Asked by: Bobby
No. It does have a manual focus pull back clutch that simulates the mechanical focus of older lenses with hard stops at the end of it's focus range, no aperture ring though.
Answered by: Frank
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Would this lens as well as the other Pro prime lenses be too heavy for the PEN bodies?
Asked by: Jim
I don't find this lens or the Oly 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens to be too large or too heavy for my Pen-F. I also use the 12-100MM f/4 PRO on the Pen-F and think that maybe this lens is about at the limit of size and weight for this body. I do prefer to use the Olympus ECG-4 Grip for the Pen-F, which I do not believe detracts from the compact size or appearance of the camera, but markedly improves handling with these larger PRO lenses.
Answered by: Theodore C.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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