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M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8

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Overview

M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8

This beautiful full-metal single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and portraits. Paired with the super-fast f1.8 iZuiko lens help capture brillant low-light shots. The snap ring enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.

Lens Architecture

MTF CHART


Depth of field

17mm

  0.25 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.7 1.0 2.0 3.0 5.0
Fno. 1.8 0.246
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0.255
0.293
~
0.307
0.387
~
0.414
0.480
~
0.522
0.658
~
0.748
0.914
~
1.104
1.674
~
2.490
2.314
~
4.283
3.333
~
10.110
9.809
~
2.8 0.243
~
0.257
0.290
~
0.311
0.381
~
0.421
0.469
~
0.536
0.638
~
0.776
0.874
~
1.171
1.539
~
2.874
2.061
~
5.583
2.828
~
22.750
6.395
~
4 0.241
~
0.260
0.286
~
0.316
0.374
~
0.431
0.458
~
0.552
0.616
~
0.813
0.832
~
1.260
1.406
~
3.518
1.827
~
8.744
2.400
~
4.539
~
5.6 0.237
~
0.265
0.281
~
0.323
0.364
~
0.446
0.442
~
0.577
0.587
~
0.872
0.779
~
1.415
1.254
~
5.181
1.574
~
45.838
1.979
~
3.223
~
8 0.233
~
0.271
0.274
~
0.333
0.351
~
0.468
0.423
~
0.618
0.551
~
0.974
0.714
~
1.718
1.090
~
15.763
1.321
~
1.591
~
2.295
~
11 0.226
~
0.281
0.264
~
0.350
0.335
~
0.505
0.398
~
0.687
0.508
~
1.170
0.641
~
2.479
0.921
~
1.079
~
1.249
~
1.638
~
16 0.218
~
0.297
0.252
~
0.377
0.314
~
0.569
0.368
~
0.819
0.458
~
1.649
0.561
~
6.883
0.759
~
0.860
~
0.963
~
1.173
~
22 0.207
~
0.324
0.237
~
0.426
0.290
~
0.699
0.334
~
1.140
0.404
~
4.104
0.479
~
0.611
~
0.673
~
0.732
~
0.844
~

Circle of least confusion 1/60mm

specs

Specifications

Focal Length 17mm (35mm equivalent focal length 34mm)
Lens construction 9 elements in 6 Groups - DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, HR lens
Dust & Splash Proof No
Angle of View 65 Degree
AF System High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Closest Focusing Distance 0.25m
Maximum Image Magnification 0.08x (35mm equivalent Maximum Image Magnification [0.16x])
Minimum Field Size 162x216mm (at Macro mode)
Number of Blades 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture F1.8
Minimum Aperture F22
Filter Size Diameter 46mm
Dimension Diameter 57.5 x 35.5mm
Weight 120g(TBD)
Box Contents "Lens Cap(LC-46), Lens Rear Cap(LR-2) Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card"
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February 01, 2016

Philam

Quick, but not perfect

I may be a bit biased here, considering I prefer the 50mm FOV over 35mm FOV; so, I won't minus more than 2 stars. This lens's AF is as quick as you can ask for and for 35mm FOV lovers, this lens would get 90% of your shots done just fine. My gripe with it is with the sharpness, CA, and nervous bokeh balls.

I'm not a pixel peeper, but the lack in sharpness when shot wide open is quite noticeable when compared to the M43 prime jewels that I've shot with, i.e.: Lumix 20mm, 25mm (f1.4), Olympus 25mm, 45mm, and 75mm. However, if you step down a stop or two into the M43 sweet range, it'll be on par with the best of them.

The CA is present only when shooting raw, and easily fixable in post a majority of the time. It's also not a problem if you're a JPEG shooter. There's just been a couple of times, that the CA was so bad, that fixing in post wasn't a possibility, this may make the difference of having that one perfect shot be less than so.

Out of focus lights in the background, when using this lens, can be quite a bit distracting from the main subject. It's not a huge concern for most, but I personally appreciate the smooth buttery goodness of nice bokeh balls! Mind you, this may also be partially due to the focal length mixed with the CA issues I mentioned above.

So, in all, this lens a great tool for what it has to offer. If you need a quick focusing fast 35mm FOV lens, it'll be faster than the Lumix 20mm, closer to an actually 35mmm FOV than the Lumix 15mm, much cheaper than the Nokton 17.5mm, and not much more spendy than the slow 17mm Olympus pancake.

January 18, 2016

SFM

Wish I Had This One Earlier

I am an amateur and purchased a standard OMD EM-5 kit with two zoom lenses. This 17mm f1.8 lens is now my favorite go-to lens. My first fixed focal lens was the 25mm f1.8 for low light use and for small depth of field. I found that the 25mm lens just didn't fit my needs when used in a confined area to take wall-to-wall shots. This 17mm f1.8 lens is my second fixed focal lens, and love it. It's as close to being as large a frame as possible with no discernable distortion as is seen from a wide-angle lens. It is a fast lens allowing me to generate good bokeh. I enjoy its small size, especially after carrying around the 12-50mm zoom as my original go-to lens.

December 27, 2015

Rob

Wonderful sharp lens

Recently purchased this lens after owning the portrait lens for some time. Needed a wide angle lens and this bright landscape lens was the perfect choice. Has performed beautifully giving bright sharp pictures. Also having the manual focus snap ring is a cool feature that I've been exploring as well. I think this is a great addition to anyone's camera gear!!

December 27, 2015

Dstudios

Super sharp, well built.

Love this lens. I was looking for something to back up my 25mm Zuikos lens, a good wingman for any kind of photo shoots. I needed a sharp, nice wide angle prime lens. This 17mm was kust the right fit. Super sharp images and looks great on my EPL-5 or OMD-EM5. This lens is very compact, well built, has super fast focus. Its a trusty little lens for my micro43 gear.

November 25, 2015

Alana

My number 1 lens

This is the lens I keep on my EM-1 at all times, unless I am switching lenses for a special use. 17mm is a perfect range for both general shooting, portraits, and even some close-up shots. The colors are so warm and inviting!! That's easily one of my favorite parts about this lens. I 100% recommend this for anyone who needs a "daily driver" so to speak.

November 23, 2015

Steven B.

Great Portrait Lens

This is pretty much as good as it gets for a low light portrait lens. Its very clear, captures vibrant colors, and focus perfectly. The lens is so clear in one pictures I could see the my reflection in my cats eye. I really like the pull back focus ring to go into manual focus. I use this all the time now for shooting my art portfolio and sometimes I use it for shooting street shots of people. Awesome lens.

October 01, 2015

Dre

One of the reasons I switch to Olympus!!!

This is by far most enjoyable lens that I have used...Period...the build quality is fantastic and the images are rendered beautifully with very little distortion (but minor fringing at times); but the main thing i love about this lens is the Snap Ring (aka the pumpy ring thing).

Having that option of using the manual focus similar to a older lens is truly magnificent, and although the AF with this and the EM-5 M-ll is lightning quick I still find myself primarily using the manual focus option majority of the time. It's something great that just forces you to slow down and appreciate photography for what it is/was but still have that quick focusing option when you need it.

Was about to buy the 45mm, but I'll wait until a snap ring version comes out, its a really unique feature that olympus has came up with that breathes fresh life into photography.

September 29, 2015

Torsten

Almost a pancake lens -

Very nicely build lens Very nice metal build - compared to the plastic 25, 45mm lenses. A bit to long for being called pancake lens.
As usual Olympus 'forgets' to add the lens hood which I regard as a must. Focus is generally fast - I love the manual focus ring. Consider great for street photography. Fix focus and aperture and you won't need to wait for your AF.

September 13, 2015

Wanderlust

Amazing lens for street photography

I recently took this lens with my E-M5 MKII to Spain. This lens was perfect for both street photography and shooting inside churches and museums (especially where flashes weren't allowed). This lens delivers tack sharp images and renders beautiful colors. I really liked it's compact size and all metal construction. I will definitely add more Olympus primes to my collection soon.

May 19, 2015

Devan

Superb lens, well worth the investment.

Takes stunning photos! Very sharp and fast lens. You can tell the quality improvement over the kit lens. The focal length is great for street photography, portraits as well. I recently used it on vacation in Disneyland and it was the only lens I used. Very nice bokeh also. I have an E-PL5 and together with this lens it creates a great compact package. It appears to have good resale value as well when I was browsing for used kit.

Overall I would recommend it if looking for that classic 35mm focal length..(34mm actually, but very close). It is a great lens to carry around and use for general purposes.

Another great lens from Olympus!

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