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

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

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

B&H # OL1728 MFR # 261502
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Product Highlights

  • For Olympus PEN Cameras
  • Compatible w/ Micro Four Thirds Cameras
  • Compact Lens Design/Extremely Portable
  • Close Focusing Down to 7.87" (0.2m)
  • Superior Performance
  • Good for Portraits/Landscapes/Close-ups
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Olympus 17mm f/2.8 overview

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The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 from Olympus is a wide-angle pancake lens for Olympus PEN and other cameras using the Micro Four Thirds format. It has a wide angle 17mm focal length (equivalent to 34mm on a 35mm camera) for shooting everything from landscapes and portraits to close-ups with outstanding image quality. This lens is so compact, only 0.87" (22mm) long, that with the camera attached you can carry it in a handbag, purse, and even a coat pocket.

In the Box
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras
  • Lens Cap (LC-37)
  • Rear Lens Cap (LR-2)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Olympus 17mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 17mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 34 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 65°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
    Magnification 0.11x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
    Optical Design 6 Elements in 4 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 5
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread 37 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.24 x 0.87" / 57 x 22 mm
    Weight 2.5 oz / 71 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.5 x 3.4 x 3.3"

    Olympus 17mm f/2.8 reviews

    M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact Gem 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.
    Date published: 2010-12-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Older design holding up 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.
    Date published: 2014-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens 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.
    Date published: 2010-10-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Syrup Smooth Pancake 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.
    Date published: 2012-08-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and compact 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.
    Date published: 2010-11-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice compact lens A very nice light compact lens to make your EP1 an almost pocket camera. Perfect for times you want to be inconspicuious or when shooting candids or street scenes. The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is a better choice for low light shooting, but it also cost a lot more. This lens is a good value for the money.
    Date published: 2010-06-13
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    Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Q&A

    Olympus 17mm f/2.8 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Olympus OM-D E-M1
    • Olympus OM-D E-M10
    • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
    • Olympus PEN E-P1
    • Olympus PEN E-P2
    • Olympus PEN E-P5
    • Olympus PEN E-PL1
    • Olympus PEN E-PL5
    • Olympus PEN E-PM2
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