Olympus 17mm f1.8

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Olympus 17mm f1.8
Apr 15, 2013

Hey, anyone using an Olympus 17mm f1.8? I would love to hear some feedback and even see some samples. Not interested in the f2.8 version.

I am close to purchasing an OM-D and would like to start with a 17mm 1.8 and a 45mm 1.8. The Oly 12mm looks good, but 12mm is a bit too wide when only starting with two lenses.

It also seems like Olympus lenses are the way to go on the OM-D as it is already stabilized and I would not need an adapter. It seems that CA is also better. I am not interested in zooms for this camera at this time. I might later picking up a second body before a zoom.

I hike, bike and stroll and photograph everything. Presently using a 50D and a G10.

Thanks very much,

Mo

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I use it and like it.

I'm not sure what else to say. The build quality is great, pictures are nice and sharp, auto-focus is very fast.

If you like the 35mm focal length I thoroughly recommend it.

I also use it along with the 45mm 1.8, they are my two most commonly use lenses and the 17 has been on the camera a lot lately.

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In reply to Acrill, Apr 15, 2013

I have the 17mm 1.8 as well along with Oly 45 and it is a really good lens. I have always gravitated towards the classic 35mm most amongst all other FLs. I had the older 17mm 2.8 and thought that was an under-appreciated lens but the new 17 is markedly better in build quality & IQ. Most people that have complained about it on here are only focused on a couple of negative reviews ala Lenstip and don't seem to actually own it!

Really the biggest knock on it from many is that it is over priced though I honestly don't think so. Panny's old 20mm was priced up there too when first released and in truth the build quality and AF speed& reliability of the 17mm in comparison is miles ahead. If you enjoy ambient light photography at 35mm, Oly's newest is a great choice. You won't be disappointed.

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In reply to Mo50, Apr 15, 2013

Hey, anyone using an Olympus 17mm f1.8? I would love to hear some feedback and even see some samples. Not interested in the f2.8 version.

It also seems like Olympus lenses are the way to go on the OM-D as it is already stabilized and I would not need an adapter. It seems that CA is also better. I am not interested in zooms for this camera at this time. I might later picking up a second body before a zoom.

I also use it and like it. I'm not sure what all the complaining was about. It's not the best lens ever with this angle of view, but the images I get through it are great. The prints look wonderful and I'm not disappointed in the least. AF is fast and the snap focus comes in useful.

I also use the Panasonic lenses. I've got a few, but in the prime range the 14mm and 20mm have had extensive use on the OM-D and both work fine.

I also shoot with a second body. Definitely a lot easier than the SLR cameras. A second body can get heavy when carrying it around on the should all day, but I do love having the flexibility.

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In reply to Mo50, Apr 16, 2013

Mo50 wrote:

Hey, anyone using an Olympus 17mm f1.8? I would love to hear some feedback and even see some samples. Not interested in the f2.8 version.

I am close to purchasing an OM-D and would like to start with a 17mm 1.8 and a 45mm 1.8. The Oly 12mm looks good, but 12mm is a bit too wide when only starting with two lenses.

It also seems like Olympus lenses are the way to go on the OM-D as it is already stabilized and I would not need an adapter. It seems that CA is also better. I am not interested in zooms for this camera at this time. I might later picking up a second body before a zoom.

I hike, bike and stroll and photograph everything. Presently using a 50D and a G10.

Thanks very much,

Mo

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In reply to Mo50, Apr 16, 2013

My wife at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

Playground in the snow - we didn't get much this year

A little snow at an old barn in Tennessee

I like the lens very much. Nice and sharp, good bokeh for a wide angle. It is my go to lens right now.

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In reply to photodan1, Apr 16, 2013

Nice, thank for posting. I don't have any pics uploaded from this lens and I've only had it a short time.

I like the build quality the most. It works well with my two bodies E-M5 and E-P3. Fast focus, sharp wide open (except extreme edges), small, light, and one of my favorite focal lengths.

I had been thinking about getting the Voigtlander 17.5mm .095 and when this was announced I changed my thoughts mainly because I wanted autofocus and a more compact size.

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Mo50 wrote:

Hey, anyone using an Olympus 17mm f1.8? I would love to hear some feedback and even see some samples. Not interested in the f2.8 version.

I am close to purchasing an OM-D and would like to start with a 17mm 1.8 and a 45mm 1.8. The Oly 12mm looks good, but 12mm is a bit too wide when only starting with two lenses.

It also seems like Olympus lenses are the way to go on the OM-D as it is already stabilized and I would not need an adapter. It seems that CA is also better. I am not interested in zooms for this camera at this time. I might later picking up a second body before a zoom.

I hike, bike and stroll and photograph everything. Presently using a 50D and a G10.

Thanks very much,

Mo

17/1.8: great pro-grade lens at a classic street photography focal length. Small and lightweight, only downside is price (under £400, which should be f1.4 price tbh...) and no hood included with this price (the JJC replacement hood is fine though)

45/1.8: great lens at a classic portrait photography focal length. Small and lightweight and very affordable (under £300), again no hood included. Downside is plastic build (but doesn't feel too cheap, and has metal mount), a bit prone to flare without hood.

Great combo really. Hope you enjoy your OM-D purchase!

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Mo50 wrote:

Hey, anyone using an Olympus 17mm f1.8? I would love to hear some feedback and even see some samples. Not interested in the f2.8 version.

I am close to purchasing an OM-D and would like to start with a 17mm 1.8 and a 45mm 1.8. The Oly 12mm looks good, but 12mm is a bit too wide when only starting with two lenses.

It also seems like Olympus lenses are the way to go on the OM-D as it is already stabilized and I would not need an adapter. It seems that CA is also better. I am not interested in zooms for this camera at this time. I might later picking up a second body before a zoom.

I hike, bike and stroll and photograph everything. Presently using a 50D and a G10.

Thanks very much,

Mo

Hi

I own it and it is a nice and sharp lens, perfect in pair with the omd. You might need an ND filter for bright conditions though, to take adavantage of the shallow DOF. The omd has a lowest ISO 200 setting...

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Hi Mo. My experience whit this lenses is fine. Actually is glued to my omd. For streetshooting and half body portraits is great. It focuses really quickly and it sharp in my own experience I cant see any diferences with other good m 4/3 lenses. Some reviews and some people at this forum have trashed this lens IMHO this lens is at the level of the others primes from pana or oly....I mean the final result : the pictures looks similar IQ from others from others primes.

If you like take a look at my gallery. Most of my last pics are taken with the oly 17 1.8

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In reply to Mo50, Apr 16, 2013

this is my standard combo. The 75mm is in a class of its own.If you can afford, get it

The Panasonic 14mm is sharp and very small and affordable

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If you are getting the OMD, get the 12-50 kit lens first.   A great deal.  A great versatile lens.  Then take the time to see what you need.

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rialcnis wrote:

If you are getting the OMD, get the 12-50 kit lens first.   A great deal.  A great versatile lens.  Then take the time to see what you need.

That's what I did and it's a useful lens for general walkabout or those times when convenience is a consideration, but it really lacks a fast aperture and it is quite long (I bought an OMD for it's compact size) so I'd get some primes asap. I got a 45mm f1.8 free from Olympus and I think that offer still stands. I will use this lens alot, mainly for portrait. The next 2 lenses I bought were the 12mm and the 60 macro. Later I bought the 17mm f1.8.. Despite the fact that it wasn't the first lens I bought it will be the most used. I like the focal length, the fast aperture, small size and decent build. For my purposes it is the best lens available.

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Thank you for your posts. You have helped me to pretty much solidify my direction of starting with two Olympus primes, the 17 f1.8 and the 45 f1.8.

Photodan, the shots that you posted here are both unique and inspiring. Your gallery as well. The 45mm close up in your gallery that you call "fuzzy sunrise" is absolutely beautiful.

Thanks very much,

Mo

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Mo50 wrote:

Hey, anyone using an Olympus 17mm f1.8? I would love to hear some feedback and even see some samples. Not interested in the f2.8 version.

I am close to purchasing an OM-D and would like to start with a 17mm 1.8 and a 45mm 1.8. The Oly 12mm looks good, but 12mm is a bit too wide when only starting with two lenses.

It also seems like Olympus lenses are the way to go on the OM-D as it is already stabilized and I would not need an adapter. It seems that CA is also better. I am not interested in zooms for this camera at this time. I might later picking up a second body before a zoom.

I hike, bike and stroll and photograph everything. Presently using a 50D and a G10.

Thanks very much,

Mo

Hi Mo,

I love the 17/1.8 and have been using it a lot on the E-M5. Here are some photos I just posted a few minutes ago. All were shot with this combo, most using zone focusing with the manual snap-focus ring.

Steve

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Might I suggest the 17mm and a Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 For two very good starter lenses if primes are what you want.

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Just got the 12mm. Also ordered the 17mm. 1.8. Do yo guys think 17 and 12mm are too close to have both, considering the price?. Should i have ordered the Leica Pana 25? Also I  have the 45, 75, 60macro and the kit lens.

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Just got the 12mm. Also ordered the 17mm. 1.8. Do yo guys think 17 and 12mm are too close to have both, considering the price?. Should i have ordered the Leica Pana 25? Also I  have the 45, 75, 60macro and the kit lens.

No, I wouldn't consider the 12 and the 17 too close. The first is a strong WA, bordering on UWA. The second is a very slight WA, bordering on a normal lens. They can't really substitute for one another in my opinion.

How you choose between different FLs that are all close to normal (17, 20, 25) is just a matter of personal preference. I prefer to be a bit on the wide side, which means 17 and 20 work pretty well for me whereas 25 is a bit on the long/narrow side.

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You're assembling an enviable kit! 17 and 12 are very, very different focal lengths that will provide unique perspectives and fields of view (easily demonstrated with a WA zoom). Whether it's worth investing in two pretty expensive lenses (especially the 12) depends on your shooting habits.

I'd welcome either into my camera bag, probably the 12 first because I have the 20, which is rather close to the 17.

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