Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 34mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One DSA Element, Two Aspherical Elements
  • One High Refractive Index Element
  • Movie & Still Compatible AF System
  • Manual Focus Clutch
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Color: Silver

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  • 1Description

A flexible lens for general shooting, the silver M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 from Olympus is a 34mm equivalent wide-angle prime for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The wide field of view pairs with the bright f/1.8 maximum aperture to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions, and it also offers increased control over depth of field for working with selective focusing techniques. The optical design makes use of aspherical and high refractive index glass elements to control spherical aberrations and distortion throughout the aperture range for increased sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system is employed to deliver quick and quiet focusing performance and a manual focus clutch can be used for more intuitive adjustment and control over focus.

Wide-angle prime is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 34mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture helps to achieve shallow depth of field and selective focusing effects, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
One DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element, two aspherical elements, and one high refractive index element contribute to a marked reduction in distortion and spherical aberrations for notable sharpness and accurate rendering throughout the aperture range.
Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
Manual focus clutch lets you quickly pull the focusing ring into place for direct, intuitive focus control.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 050332184107
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)
  • LC-46 Lens Cap for Select M.Zuiko Lenses
  • LR-2 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus 17mm f/1.8 specs

    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
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:12.5
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 46 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.26 x 1.40" / 57.5 x 35.5 mm
    Weight 4.23 oz / 120 g
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    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.5 x 3.4 x 3.3"

    Olympus 17mm f/1.8 reviews

    M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 115.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent, but be aware of focus clutch limitation. Purchased this for when I want to reduce weight and for the faster stop than the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro Lens that I would normally use in this range. It is solidly built and optically it is excellent. Wide open it is sharp in the centre, very sharp by f4 from side to side. F8 still very good but diffraction is an issue at f11 and beyond as expected. f22 is unusable. Mechanically the lens focus ring is smooth to turn but the AF/Manual focus clutch doesn't engage focus magnification (or peaking) on the EM1 in the same way as the Pro series lenses - a major disappointment but not a deal breaker. Would I recommend the lens - yes very highly.
    Date published: 2017-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lens for street photography I've been using this lens on my Olympus Pen F for two weeks. It is now my favorite lens for this camera for several reasons. First and foremost: it is the ideal size and weight for micro 4/3 cameras. I can carry this all day long without any problem. Second: incredible resolution and color rendition. Third: great Bokeh for portraits. This is the best lens for street photography. Subjects find it less threatening than a zoom lens if they even notice it at all. I normally ask permission before photographing people but we all know there are situations when permission is not possible or advisable.
    Date published: 2017-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Showed my Canon primes who's boss ... 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Olympus 17mm vs Panasonic 20mm 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.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is spending a lot of time on my camera Put this on my camera and find I almost never take it off. I like the 35mm angle of view, and I love thie size and build of this lens, it makes a great walking around lens. I used to have the Pro 12-40 on all time, but the size of this lens has spoiled me. And I can have the 45mm in my pocket. I just leave the clutch pulled and shoot in manual focus, this lens is great for a that kind of engaged shooting. It doesn't automatically turn on the focus aids when you switch to manual (and a recent firmware upgrade didn't change that) so on the EM-1 I made that little button on the lower right of the lens that I never used before turn on peaking. That makes it pretty easy. I like the experience of shooting with it, from the angle of view, to the feel of the focus ring,to the size. And I like the results, I like the look of the files. A good add to my collection.
    Date published: 2016-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasant Surprise I’m a retired photojournalist and I’ve started going out shooting street photos, mostly of people. I fondly remember shooting Nikon primes when I was a young photographer, but I didn’t use the 35mm lens very often. I relied more frequently on the 24 and 20mm lenses. I have switched to micro four thirds and bought the Olympus 12, 17, 45 and 75mm lenses. Shooting on close-up scenes, in crowds, tight spaces or just standing near people, I find this 17mm lens to be wonderful. It’s small, and on a micro four thirds camera, people don’t pay any attention to me. I’m getting sharp, clear photos with great depth of field. I work fast, and this lens has very rapid auto focus and the option of switching to manual focus. The only issue I’ve had is I accidentally pulled the focus ring into manual mode and it took me a minute to figure out my mistake...but I’ll be quicker to react if that happens again. I love this lens and the small MFT format.
    Date published: 2018-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value, good match for Panasonic bodies.... This lens replaces my Lumix 20mm H-H020 on my GX-7. The Lumix lens never seemed to have accurate autofocus and sometimes hunted for focus, racking in and out for up to a second. This lens doesn't do that. The focal length is a little bit wider, closer to a 35mm full frame equivalent. The filter/hood treads don't move in and out and don't retract into the barrel of the Lumix, so you can use a cheapo rubber hood safely instead of the pricey Olympus one. Surprisingly, I found the ability to switch between manual and auto focus with the focus ring useful, and it makes me less likely to accidentally leave the lens in manual focus mode. This feature is compatible with the GX-7. Excellent value due to the recent price reduction!
    Date published: 2017-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little lens! 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!!
    Date published: 2015-04-29
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