Olympus 17mm f/2.8

Last updated (31 December’12):
- Review by SLRGear.com

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake features 34mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8 (35mm equivalent focal length: 34mm). The lens construction has 6 elements in 4 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 65. Closest focusing distance at 0.2m and has a filter size of 37mm. The Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens weighs 2.5 Ounces and it measures 0.2 inches in diameter and 0.9 inches long. This wide-angle pancake lens with its ultra compact design is ideal for daily snapshots and as travel companion.

Olympus 17mm f/2.8
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Reviews

Slrgear.com reviews the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and writes;
“Optically, the lens performs well, though not exceptionally: it’s reasonably sharp wide open, though best used at ƒ/4, and chromatic aberration is higher than we’d like. Distortion and corner shading are very reasonable. In terms of sheer portability, it’s hard to beat the E-P1 with the 17mm lens mounted, as it’s lighter than some advanced point-and-shoots. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

LensTip.com reviews the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and writes;
“M. Zuiko 17 mm f/2.8 in combination with E-P1 will perform as planned. It will be a harmonious and handy team, giving DSLR-like image quality in size of a solid compact camera. Nobody who buys this set will complain. “
rating: N/A

Photozone.de reviews the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and writes;
“The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 is a lovely little lens but unfortunately it does disappoint regarding its optical capabilities. You expect a top notch performance from a prime lens but the Zuiko isn’t overly sharp neither at max. aperture nor stopped down – the center quality is perfectly fine but the borders and corners are too soft in general. In principal the lens produces a hefty amount of barrel distortion.”
rating: N/A

WhatDigitalCamera.com reviews the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and writes;
“Overall this is a good lens but it doesn’t shine brightly. It wins over the Lumix G 20mm in having a slightly wider angle but it loses out in MTF testing and it might be usurped by a similarly-priced zoom that sacrifices a little in the aperture stakes for greater versatility.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus 17mm f/2.8 User Reviews

Compact Compromise, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The Oly 17mm f/2.8 pancake for micro four-thirds is just about as small and light a lens as you’ll find… The 14-42mm kit lens is a better performer at this focal length, also very light, and far more versatile. But if you’re willing to make compromises for smallness this is THE lens for you. “ – by K. Tanaka

Olympus PEN + this lens + optical viewfinder = Modern remake of the rangefinder | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is small lens. That’s its main claim to fame, not the speed at f2.8, nor the focal length, the equivalent of about 35mm in 35mm photography. But on the small Olympus PEN body, this lens gives you a small package that takes quite good pictures without messing around with a zoom. “ – by Michael A. Duvernois

Good Pancace Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The 17mm f/2.8 lens for Micro FourThirds system is a classical focal length, approx 34mm. As a primary lens for the EP-1 it does excactly what it is supposed to do, provide a quick, easy to use lens, with good quality images. Updated to software 1.1 the autofocus speed and precision is improved, but even so the lens is a little slow to focus. Manual focus is easy, precise and gives very good results.” – by Anders Utgaard

Simple and compact Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The 17mm f/2.8 lens for Micro FourThirds system is a classical focal length, approx 34mm. As a primary lens for the EP-1 it does excactly what it is supposed to do, provide a quick, easy to use lens, with good quality images. Updated to software 1.1 the autofocus speed and precision is improved, but even so the lens is a little slow to focus. Manual focus is easy, precise and gives very good results.” – by Good Pancace Lens

Simple and compact Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This a Lens that provides ease of use , and is really quite good in terms of results ! I recently used it solely at Gettysburg , Pa , and I was rewarded with superior pictures ! Technical differences aside from other Reviewers , until Olympus produces a wider version , it is My Primary Lens ! With an adapter the Pen Body is another world of photographic opportunities ! “ – by Robert E. Keay

I was very pleasantly surprised | Rating: ★★★★★
“For me and for the photography I utilize the EP-1 for, the 17mm is “good enough” in re: focusing speed, sharpness, color / contrast etc… With “pixel-peeping”, I’m very happy with the output image quality. All in all, a great lens for all EP-1 / 2 users to have simply because it brings back the joy of photography. I really hope that Olympus / Panasonic continue to develop more compact prime lens.” – by Harry M. Shin

Great small lens, step above kit lens for depth of field effects | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a great little lens. the smallest lens for M43. the Panasonic 20mm, which is also labeled a “pancake”, is the size of the 14-42 kit Olympus kit lens (in transport position), that is, quite a bit larger than this lens. As others state, first off it is very compact. Image quality is very good.. It is very sharp in the middle, it may soften some to the edge. “ – by Paul Liesenberg “pablo”

Underrated, tiny lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“it is plenty sharp, and the distortion and color fringing are easily addressed (automatically for Olympus in-camera JPEG shooters as well as by some 3rd party RAW converters). Although I use my Pana 20/1.7 more often, I enjoy using the tiny M. Zuiko 17 when I want that angle of view. It’s a good little performer.” – by Amin Sabet “Amin Sabet”

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Samples

Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Sample Photos

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Manual

Olympus 17mm f/2.8 User Manual (PDF)

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Features & Specifications

Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Specifications

This wide-angle pancake lens has a convenient focal length (equivalent to 34mm on a 35mm camera) for shooting everything from landscapes and portraits to close ups. A slim design, with an overall length of just 22.5mm, ensures the camera remains compact and easy to carry even when the lens is mounted. With its digital-dedicated design and superior performance, this lens maximizes the camera’s performance for clear, high quality imaging.

Name
Olympus 17mm ƒ/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital

Image Circle
Micro Four-Thirds

Type
Wide Prime

Focal Length
17mm

35mm Equivalent
34mm

Max Aperture
ƒ/2.8

Min Aperture
ƒ/22

Diaphragm Blades
5 (circular)

Lens Construction
6 elements in 4 groups, including 1 aspherical lens

Diagonal Angle of View
65 degrees

Focus Details
Autofocus with manual override

Front Element Rotation
No

Zoom System
n/a

Closest Focus
20cm / 7.9 in.

Magnification Ratio
0.11x / 1:9.1
(0.22x / 1:4.5 35mm eq.)

Filter Size
37mm

Dimensions
(Length x Diameter) 22mm x 57mm / 0.86 in. x 2.24 in.

Weight
71g / 2.5 oz

(Available with Olympus E-P1 kit)


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