July 14, 2015 by Michael
great travel lens
I use this along with an OMD EM5 as my travel kit. Because the lens is so small I find the camera and lens combo fits in my jacket pocket, and even barely squeezes into my cargo shorts. It's convenient to go without a bag when traveling. I've been spoiled by this combo so I don't think I can ever go back to using a dslr when traveling. The focal length is great for stuff like markets and museums, I find it's wide enough to use indoors, and focuses close enough to take pictures of exotic wares in markets. Stopped down it's also great for use as a street photography lens.
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May 20, 2015 by Quincy Lee
Very compact, amazing Lens
I travel a lot and having this lens in my em5 camera is the sweetest thing its compact and taking a very nice and sharp images i use this lens a lot on street photograpy, having this on my camera doesnt get a lot of attention with the people my camera looks like normal camera not like dslr that bulky and heavy,I highly recommend this lens to all olympus camera users
April 6, 2015 by Hank
Was on my E-PL1 for 4 years straight
When I put together my first m4/3 kit, I was hunting for a decent pancake prime to keep the size down. I ended up with an E-PL1, and found a great deal on this 17mm f/2.8. I kept hearing about how the lens was soft, and how the equivalent of 17mm on a kit lens (at about f/3.5) was about as good if not better. I disagree. It's hard to describe, but all my shots with the 17mm f/2.8 have a sweeping cinematic quality to them, that a kit lens at the same 17mm setting did not have. The colors have always been great, and makes up for what may not be the sharpest lens, edge to edge. Yes, the edges can get a bit fringy, but a good photographer also adapts to their equipment. Framing is key to get the most out of this lens. Know it's flaws, and it will reward you. This lens fails the modern science test (putting it on a test rig), but absolutely shines in the field. It keeps your kit compact, and lets you shoot discretely. Also, I always thought I was a 50mm equivalent type of person. The 17mm gives you a 34mm view, and I do like that quite a bit more. f/2.8 may be slow compared to the f/1.8, but the size is much smaller, and on a wider lens, larger depth-of-field is more desirable. With IBIS improving rapidly in newer bodies, I think the 17mm f/2.8 will find its way in many more photography kits in the future.
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March 25, 2015 by jake
Great lens! Good price!
Bought this lens a few years ago and it stays on my camera all the time! Really like how sharp it is, and how quickly it focuses. It also gives a surprising bokeh for a 2.8 lens!
July 2, 2013 by Quincy Lee
Great Lens
I have this lens for a week now and i love it, it surely compact and light. Picture quality is superb nice to take street photography even landscape, if your looking for a really compact lens i recommend this one.
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