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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 11, 2015

Michael

My Go To Lens

This has become my favourite lens on the E-P5. Quick back button focusing, and great old school manual focusing. Just need to remember what position the focus ring is in (auto or manual). Good looking lens with great construction. I keep this lens on the camera for street and travel photography.

January 12, 2015

Michael

Enjoyable Lens

I'll admit this lens of mine no longer gets the use it used to once I got the 12-40 f2.8 pro, but I still take it out when I just want to snap some pictures in tight or enveloping spaces where I need a bit of a wide-angle edge without distortion, without the weight and bulk.

Works great for nightscapes as well, with its relatively wide aperture.

It's also true that this lens is not as sharp as it could be, but on the flip side, the thing that rarely gets mentioned is that the color reproduction on the lens is very good. Much better than the kit lenses. Also things like flare, chromatic aberration are well controlled, even without software correction.

The metal body construction on lens is a nice touch, but I'm conflicted on the cost and weight penalties it applies as I personally would prefer a lightweight, lower cost plastic housing. (Buying a set of primes adds up fast!)

However, looks and fits nicely on a PEN body for more relaxed shooting.

November 02, 2014

Dennis

Incredible lens for low-light shooting

I used this lens on my OM-D E-M1 for the first time the other night in the city of Regensburg, Bavaria. I wanted to document the repairs on the 1000 year old Stone Bridge and take photos at an all you can eat mussels dinner in a restaurant up the street from the bridge. I took some fabulous shots at both places. The colors and natural lighting effects are a great improvement over flash shots (which I've always disliked).

Although not a substitute for the 12-40mm pro lens, I know I will be using this one ALOT. Especially in museums, churches, cathedrals and nightime scenes in European cities. I go to Prague next weekend. I have been there before and taken many photos, even at night. I am looking forward to what news looks I will get with this lens as I stroll around at night there.

In agreement with a previous comment, using this lens makes the OM-D E-M1 seem like a different camera and in close quarters, this is a real plus, too. This lens permits me to live my motto: "Never miss the shot".
Another home run, Olympus.

September 15, 2014

James

STILL MY FAVORITE MICRO FOUR-THIRDS LENS

My M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 came bundled with the PEN E-P5 and arguably is the lens that made me fall in love with the Micro Four-Thirds system. I previously had just the PEN E-P3 with the M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 lens, which was great setup to take along hiking and kayaking, but I still preferred my Canon 5D Mark III for more “serious” photography.

But, that all has changed. This lens is fabulous in low light, with good contrast, pleasant color, and lovely bokeh. It’s faster and even more accurate in focusing than the M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, which I have since bought and is an excellent lens in its own right. The PEN E-P5 with the 17mm f1.8 lens is also great for street photography since it looks like an old style camera and is less intimidating to people. With the improved low light capabilities of the PEN E-P5 and outstanding 5-axis image stabilization, the Canon camera with its heavy lenses are staying at home more often these days.

June 08, 2014

Wayne

Good things come in small packages

I am a new owner of an OMD E-M1 and I feel as though I have a different camera when using this lens rather than the 12-40mm pro zoom which I purchased with the camera. The zoom lens is superb, no doubt about it, but this one lightens the whole package significantly so that the EM-1 becomes almost a compact pocket camera. The lens is bright, fast, sharp, and the focal length is perfect for street photography and everyday shooting. I also love its ability to switch quickly to manual focus mode by just pulling back on the focus ring. Expensive but, to me, worth it!

January 02, 2014

Daniel

Great lens in a small package

I almost sent this lens back because of a snafu on my part, but ended up giving it a try. And I'm so glad I did. This is an exceptional lens. It is quick to focus (even on my EP-2) and is really sharp. It produces wonderful color. I did have to remember, since it's not a zoom, to get in close to my subject if that what's needed. The 1.8 has allowed me to take photos and create "atmosphere" that previously wasn't possible. Love it!

November 27, 2013

ChuckH

A superb lens

I've been using this lens for about 3 months and it has become my favorite lens. For many years I have been a fan of the 35mm focal length for 35mm film cameras and this lens gives almost exactly that perspective. The f/1.8 aperture allows me to shoot in low light situations without using flash and gives the shallow depth of focus I'm looking for.

July 14, 2013

Ryan

Best photojournalist lens for Micro Four Thirds period.

I bought this lens as a kit with the new and exceptional EP5 and it has been a wonderful addition to my M43 lineup. I now use it as my primary lens and shoot with it about 70% of the time. It is sharp, fast to focus, has nice bokeh and good color rendition. It renders color just warm of neutral which I also like. The size and weight is perfectly matched to the PEN and OMD cameras and the quality is very nice. I LOVE the way it looks with the hyperfocal scale on it, so nice with the EP5.

May 11, 2013

Thomas

Much better than early reviews indicated

This lens was much anticipated in light of the medicer 17mm/2.8. Image quality is much better than the 2.8 and autofocus is very fast. Initial reviews lamented the lens did not compare with the 75mm or the 12mm. However, it's almost as good, comes in a beautiful metal housing, and is ideal for moving scenes because of its quick focusing mechanism. A winner!

January 27, 2013

MStoeckle

Must have for Olympus kit!

This Olympus blue striped, 17mm lens has been long awaited by many OM-D and PEN users. It has a very solid construction, it focuses lightening fast, the 1.8 fast aperture, and is nice and sharp. While not pancake in design, it still out preforms it's predecessor, and it's rivals, and still smaller than the kit 14-42!

The scale focusing ring is excellent and smooth! Not many complaints here.

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