A flexible lens for general shooting, the black 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.
- Micro Four Thirds System
- 34mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
- One DSA Element, Two Aspherical Elements
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Overview
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Specs
17mm (35mm Equivalent: 34mm)
Micro Four Thirds
|Lens Format Coverage|
Micro Four Thirds
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
9.84" / 25 cm
9 Elements in 6 Groups
46 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
2.26 x 1.4" / 57.5 x 35.5 mm
4.23 oz / 120 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
3.5 x 3.4 x 3.3"
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Reviews
Small, Sharp, Excellent match for any m4/3 Camera
The 17mm, f/1.8 is a perfect focal length (34mm-e) for walk around shooting. Slightly wider than normal, yet small and light. This is my second 17, my first was shot with an OM-D E-m10 ii. It's size and weight matched even that tiny camera. I sold it when I bought a midrange zoom for my larger OM-1 but I realized immediately that i wanted it back. A wide, yet small f/1.8 lens should always be in the bag, no matter what camera you are using.
Avoid if sharpness is important to you
I'm not a pixel peeper, but this lens is noticeably less sharp at f/2.8 than the Oly 12-40 Pro, or Lumix 12-35 ii, and those lenses are wide open. You will see a big difference even in an 8x10 print. It also has a good deal of chromatic aberration in contrasty scenes, even in the auto corrected in-camera jpegs. Having said that, what you do get is a tiny, light, beautiful, solidly built lens, with the fantastic manual focus clutch that Olympus does so well. This is really your best 35mm option for the smaller MFT bodies, especially if you routinely convert to b&w. If sharpness, and optics are more important than size to you, skip this one and get the 17mm f1.2 or 12-40 f2.8 Pro lenses, you'll be much happier.
Muy buena lente!
Excelente luminosidad, permite el foco manual y ello redunda en más vida para la batería. Es liviana y de una máxima calidad. La usaré por defecto frente a otras dos lentes que poseo. En prueba desde hoy enero 27/2021
This lens is definitely a keeper. Surprised at how close it focuses. This completes my selection of prime Premium lenses from Olympus. All purchased at B&H Photo of course.
Everything As Expected
This lens delivers everything I expected based upon ads and reviews. It is quite sharp, best when stopped down a bit. Clarity is great and I have had no issues with any aberrations. It is small, light, and unobtrusive. Focus clutch works great and the lens has a quality feel to it. Bokeh is pleasing when shooting wide open and close up.
It must be better than a kit zoom if I am going to keep it
I read so many reviews of this lens as a great, all-purpose walk around lens for street photography. So I bought it for my Lumix GM-5 for those days when I want to set it and forget it as I walk around snapping pics. But the 12-32 mm kit lens on my GM-5 is sharper corner-to-corner when set at 17 mm, with Olympus at same aperture (F/4.0). Maybe this is pixel peeping but sometimes I make large prints and it is noticeable, especially with a crop. Maybe this was an out of tolerance lens missed by QA. Maybe Olympus lenses work better on Olympus bodies. The only thing really going for this Olympus 17 mm lens is the extra two stops I'll get. I decided to return it and maybe try the manual Laowa 17 mm F/1.8 instead. I do like the focus clutch! I wish all auto focus lenses came with this.
Small, fast, and discrete
One of my first lenses on OMD MFT cameras. It was small and fast. Nicely constructed and works well in MF or AF mode. Some complained of not being sharp enough but I found it to be sharp with great bokeh and color rendition. PROs: Tiny, well constructed, good FL and fast AF/MF control, good for street photos and portraits without extra light. CONs: Not weather sealed and relatively expensive.
New favorite lens
This 35mm equivalent lens from Olympus is an instant favorite. I like the wider angle, which is suitable for a range of applications. The build quality is superb and the metal casing is a nice touch.
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