17mm f/1.8, really bad quality control

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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#2 going back too :(
In reply to ulmer, Jan 18, 2013

ulmer wrote:

Mine arrived last week and after taking a few test pics, it was clearly decentered. The right edge of the frame was soft. I returned it and have another arriving tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

I seem to have the worst luck with these things. Hopefully it's not too common.

Copy #2 arrived today from the Olympus direct online store and, while it's more centered, it's overall just not sharp.

Copy #1 looked really good at 1.8, except the right edge. It was from Samy's.

Copy #2 is really soft and low contrast, even at f4+.

I'm asking Olympus for an exchange, as this was a ridiculous error/sale lens ($370 deal on December 15th). If #3 isn't acceptable, I'm giving up.

I was really hoping this lens would be decent. I love the 35mm equivalent focal length.

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