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Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm F/1.8

Wide-angle prime lens for Olympus PEN, OM-D, and other mirrorless cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm F/1.8

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.

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product Highlights:

  • 17mm f/1.8 lens
  • wide-angle light-gathering prime lens for Olympus PEN and other mirrorless 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
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens cap
Reviews

Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm F/1.8

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Fast, excellent lens!

borderlight from Exton, PA on 11/7/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was using the Panasonic LUMIX 40mm f1.7 before trading up to the Olympus 17mm f1.8 after seeing a video on the focusing speed of both. Both lenses were aimed at near/far objects. The Olympus 17mm was more than twice as fast compared to the 40mm. My experience with the LUMIX 40mm in low light was that it hunted and was painfully slow. Under the same conditions I found that the 17mm Olympus was much quicker, almost instant. The professional reviews of the lens also proved that it was very good with sharpness, contrast, and color. Plenty of actual photos on the net to judge for yourself. BTW: I was using a Olympus Pen F. If you're using with non-Olympus cameras I can't vouch for the auto focusing speed.

Pros: Small, lightweight, all metal DOF scale for manual focus Sharp, beautiful Olympus JPEGs

Cons: No lens hood.

Olympus 17mm and OMD EM-5

Dave from Tampa, FL on 1/2/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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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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