$710 for 17mm f/1.8? Crazy overpriced

Started Nov 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
sansbury Regular Member • Posts: 231
Re: MF clutch mechanism...

I got to fondle one of the 17mm's two weeks ago. Look/feel/construction are identical to the 12mm including the focus ring. The Oly rep said it would be priced at $499, IIRC (he might've said 'around $500', not 100% sure)

I've given up on lens reviews/test shots/etc. Most lenses you can find a fair number of people who like them and a fair number who hate them. The 20mm is almost universally-loved and yet I find it to be absolutely dull. Since 17mm is one of my chief focal lengths I'm going to get one when it comes out and shoot with it and return it if it doesn't give me a reason to take the kit zoom off. I've kept the 20 as a low-light/compact lens but if the 17 is a keeper then the 20 will be off to eBay.

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