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

BH #OL1718B • MFR #V311050BU000
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 34mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One DSA Element, Two Aspherical Elements
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.
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Overview

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.

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: 050332185814

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Specs

Focal Length17mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 34mm)
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View65°
Minimum Focus Distance9.84" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.08x
Optical Design9 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.26 x 1.4" / 57.5 x 35.5 mm
Weight4.23 oz / 120 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.5 x 3.4 x 3.3"

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Reviews

Avoid if sharpness is important to you

By Joel
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-22

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.

Everything As Expected

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-15

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

By Lance
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-15

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.

The Great Olympus 17mm 1.8

By James W
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-11

Today, 12-11-19, my Olympus 17mm 1.8 came to my door. At 80 yrs. old, I took my photography years ago with my Pentax K1000, So, I mounted the 17mm on my Olympus M10 Mark 111 and took a manual shot in low light. It was Great !!!! Several shots outdoors with this lens and I love it. I switched to auto focus, which is very fast and the details are very sharp also. Buy this Olympus 17mm 1.8 and you will not go wrong. Jim, Charlotte, NC.

Not terribly sharp

By Luca
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-04

I bought this lens as I really wanted the classical 35mm equivalent view. It works well for portraits, where there is only one thing in focus. I was less satisfied for landscapes, where the lens was not particularly sharp in the corners. In the end, I got the Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7, and I much prefer that lens.

Great travel lens

By Douglas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-03

An effective focal length of 34 mm is ideal for a wide range of travel needs. I bought the lens primarily for the feature whereby you pull back on a ring and it switches to manual focusing and displays a depth of field scale. How retro! Owners of Lumix cameras should be aware that switching to manual focus in this way does NOT deploy some in-camera features such as MF Assist for more accurate focusing. However, it does switch on Peaking. To me this is not the fault of the lens, but the camera.

Muy buena lente!

By Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-27

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

Great lens

By Erol
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-21

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.

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Yes.
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Date published: 2021-01-18

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Date published: 2021-02-10

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Asked by: David
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Date published: 2021-01-29

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Is the distance scale there for decoration or can I actually use it for zone focusing?
Asked by: Peter
It can be used for zone focusing.
Answered by: Luis L
Date published: 2021-01-20

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I know this fits on any micro four thirds mount but will auto focus features work on a panasonic camera like the GH4?
Asked by: Tomas
Unfortunately, I can't provide an answer. I've only used the lens on Olympus equipment. Sorry that I can't help.
Answered by: K O L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Does this lens have have, what is called, a ...

Does this lens have have, what is called, a manual clutch ? To be used for manual focusing.
Asked by: Lou
You must be lazy. Man up. Read the description of the product and/or research the Internet. You don't need to ask someone else to do your research for you. Cut those apron strings!
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-02-22

In manual focus mode, does the focus ring have a ...

In manual focus mode, does the focus ring have a hard stop at infinity, or does it keep turning past infinity?
Asked by: Jeff
Yes in manual focus this has a hard stop at infinity.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-01-31

Regarding the focus ring, if the ring is pulled ...

Regarding the focus ring, if the ring is pulled back and set to 5ft (red 5 number), what does that mean in terms of the f-stops and focus distance? Does that mean that anything within 5ft at f5.6-f/22 will be in focus -or- what? Any tips are appreciated!
Asked by: Donald
Anything exactly at 5ft regardless of f-stops it's going to be in focus if you set it to 5.
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