What a disappointing situation with the 17mm lens! Why?

Started Sep 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
jeffharris Veteran Member • Posts: 9,101
Re: Why not take up stamp collecting?

Sergey Borachev wrote:

I created a thread about this disappointing situation but it got nowhere.

Now, 35mm equivalent is a very important FL, and what most people would regard as the the FL to get if they can have only one single prime, hence its popularity throughout camera history.

However, there is nothing at all in M43 if you want a really good 35mm equivalent lens for general purposes.

3. Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 - Very sharp, though slight,y uneven across the frame, but still impressive in IQ. Very good speed too. There are however some flaws, banding from ISO 1600, noisy and sluggish AF.

6. Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95. - Beautifully piece of metal and glass and great specs. Excellent dreamy bokeh. The lack of AF plus the weight and size make this not enjoyable for many situations, including street shooting or parties, etc Too niche and expensive.

7. Olympus 17mm f/1.8 - An expensive but underperforming lens.

So, here we have all these lenses around that FL, but not even one really good general purpose 35mm equivalent lens, even at a high price, if you want excellent IQ and reasonable features like decent AF, decent speed, and build.

Jeeze, agonize much?

There's no such thing as a perfect lens… unless you want to spend $10,000 or so for a Leica…

The 20mm is excellent. The Voigtländer 17.5mm is fantastic. I've not shot with the Oly 17mm, but even with mixed reviews, users seem to like it.

Pick one. Buy it. Shoot with it and learn to work it.

Or give it up and start stamp collecting…

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