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Olympus 17mm F/1.8 Lens

Light-gathering moderate wide-angle lens for Olympus PEN and other Micro 4/3 cameras

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by Woody Sherman
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This superbly built, bright M. Zuiko lens from Olympus probably won't come off your camera very often once you've chosen it from your kit bag. The incredibly useful 34mm effective focal length, paired with a light-gathering f/1.8 aperture, will have you oohing and ahhing over the results from your landscapes, group shots, and low-lit interior candids — in a way that no common kit zoom lens can. Shots will be crisp and clear from edge to edge, and the 7-bladed circular aperture will create creamy smooth backgrounds for your foreground subjects when the aperture is wide open. When you're looking to give your low-light photography that extra "kick," this will be a lens you'll return to over and over again.

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Highlights:

  • 17mm f/1.8 lens
  • moderate wide-angle light-gathering lens accommodates Micro Four Thirds and Olympus PEN cameras
  • 34mm effective focal length for compatible cameras
  • ideal for group shots, city street scenes, and HD video
  • minimum focus distance: 9.84 inches
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 9 elements in 6 groups
  • f/1.8 aperture allows for isolation of your subject in space
  • specialized lens elements help eliminate color fringing and keep images sharp
  • attachment/filter size: 46mm
  • lens is 2-5/16" in diameter, 1-7/16" long
  • weight: 4.23 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens cap

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Features and Specs
General
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Olympus
Image Stabilization
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No
Focal Length
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17mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/1.8
Weight
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4.2 ounces
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1 Year
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 lens
  • LC-46 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LR-2 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card

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Features

Micro Four Thirds Mount: The M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8 lens has a Micro Four Thirds mount. It is compatible with the Olympus PEN and OM-D interchangeable lens cameras, and has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 34mm when used with a full frame camera. The lens features all metal construction, and is ideal for shooting high-quality dramatic landscapes and portraits. The fast f1.8 maximum aperture helps you capture brilliant shots in low-light situations.

MSC: This high-quality lens has a built-in MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) AF drive for fast, quiet focusing, even while shooting movies.

Lens Specifications: The lens has the following specifications:

  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • 35mm Equivalent: 34mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F1.8
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Angle of View: 65°
  • Lens Construction: 9 elements in 6 groups (including 2 aspherical lenses, DSA lens, and HR lens)
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 9.8"
  • Diaphragm: 7 blade circular aperture diaphragm
  • Filter Diameter: 46mm
  • Dimensions: Diameter=2.254", Length=1.565" (1.877" w/caps)
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces
 
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Olympus 17mm and OMD EM-5

Written By Dave, Tampa, FL on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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This lens is fantastic. The size, build and speed are very impressive. If you are coming from a DSLR you may think this lens is too small to take seriously but that would be a huge mistake. The image quality and AF speed are unbelievable. Having lots of kids in our family the AF can keep up with them without blur and catches the candid moments that you frequently miss with slower lenses. The OMD and the 17mm are small enough to put in a large coat pocket. Try that with your clunky DSLR. And you will get better images!
Pros:
size, speed, build, manual focus snap ring is very handy as well
Cons:
I wish it was weatherproof like the OMD body.
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