Heated debate about 17mm/1.8

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marike6
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Re: Heated debate about 17mm/1.8
In reply to arturio10, 7 months ago

arturio10 wrote:

The debate was a completely ludicrous one. I wouldn't bother wading through miles of inane sniping and back chat. Total waste of time. The OP admitted that he had not used the 17mm 1.8 and took exception to other posters questioning his wisdom in trusting figures alone. Nuff said.

In other words, a variation on the tedious meme that recurs repeatedly in this kind of forum.

My experience of the lens in question is that it is a great lens to use. I have used sharper lenses, and have used softer ones, but I really like the rendering, and find it to be the best street lens I have ever used.

This is only my experience, however, I had the Panasonic 20 for a while but exchanged it for the Olly, simply because I was missing so many shots, and I had a real issue with the noise the 20 makes when it focuses.

The 20 was definitively sharper, but useless for my way of working.

It's all about compromise though, isn't it? The most beautiful files I have got out of a camera are still from the D700 with a 50 f1.4 lens, but I really can't use that as a street camera. m43 is perfect for the street, but it is a compromise.

I get beautiful shots with the 17, and zone focus a lot, mostly with it set to f5.6.

When used like this it gets out of the way and does its job, as all good equipment does - an absolute joy.

Many good comments, but a little hard to take seriously when you are trying to convince that the 20 f/1.7 was so slow and noisy to AF that it was essentially "useless", as you said.

What kind of fast action sports were you shooting with a 40mm lens?

The 20 f/1.7 is not blazing fast for focus, but it's more than useable for general photography and even street shooting.  It's such a small lens with few glass elements to move around.  I have no idea how if could ever be considered "unusable", but I get the impression that you are exaggerating this point in an effort to talk up the 17 f/1.8.

The more modern 17 f/1.8 MSC lens focuses faster but the 20 f/1.7 is focuses more than fast enough for most subjects.

But clearly you are happy with the 17 f/1.8.  But I don't think anybody can say that optically it's one of the best m43 lenses.  And certainly many were hoping that the Olympus 35 f/2.8 would be a bit better especially considering that with the lens hood it's close to 600 USD.

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