New Olympus 17mm 1.8

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Anders W
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Re: New Olympus 17mm 1.8
In reply to Jolly Oly, 9 months ago

Jolly Oly wrote:

Anders W wrote:

Acrill wrote:

dgrogers wrote:

Nice shot. In all honesty, I don't understand why some complain about this lens. It looks great to me.

Most complaints are from people who read the Lenstip review and never purchased or used the lens.

The Lenstip as well as other reviews. The evidence is fairly consistent. And you don't need to buy or use a lens to pass verdict on its optical performance. It suffices to look at images produced by it.

I'm afraid in this case it's not that simple.

I read all the (bad) reviews AND many totally opposite positive user findings with images ( like this one ), decided to take the plunge and bought the lens.

Noone is saying that the lens can't take decent images but user reports like this doesn't tell us how it compares to the alternatives.

What I actually got is a one of the sharpest lenses in my collection - ever. I never had an eqiv. 35mm prime on digitalSLR but this lens is by far sharper than all of my previous zooms - 12-60mm and 14-54mm Zuikos included - already at f/1.8.. The rest of the alleged lens faults were in fact equally minor.

As you might be aware, a number of fairly well reputed test sites have shown it to be less sharp than the 12-35/2.8 as well as the 12-40/2.8 at the same FL (or thereabout).

So what about lenstip credibility (in my eyes went down completely)

Lenstip is just one of several sources showing the same evidence.

or what did I learned from that ? Something more about sample variations I guess (mine is black like many 17/1.8 with stellar reports) and one more thing: for sure I will never try to unconditionally support someone's view of something I never had a chance to use (like you're doing now).

How do we know that the alternatives you tested it against aren't worse than copies tested by others? Unlike you, I don't fall into the trap of thinking that my own copies, test procedures, and perceptions are all infallible and those of anyone else just crap.

How do you know that radioactivity and its effects are for real? Ever tested that yourself? Do you still believe it? If so why?

So Acrill is right. I mean you have never used it, right?

No I haven't. But for reasons already spelled out, that does not prevent me from passing verdict on it. There's plenty of relevant evidence out there.

(I will post images in support of my claims in a separate thread, soon.)

OK. But see what I said above.

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