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

Started Sep 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
tinternaut Veteran Member • Posts: 7,770
Re: Not sure I see what the problem is

I've read that it doesn't measure particularly well (i.e. won't be the sharpest 35mm equivalent lens ever made, for example), but does that tell the whole story?  I've just done a Google on reviews of the 17mm f1.8 and those by people who take photos are generally quite positive.  Will it be as good as the lens that come with the X100s?  Well, since the design of that lens is very well matched with the camera and sensor (and is a premium lens to boot), I'd say most definitely no.

If I was in the market for a fast 17mm lens, I'd buy this one.  It isn't perfect, but this seems to be quite well reflected in the cost (as the cost for a wide, fast prime for Micro Four Thirds goes).

If you want absolute perfection, might a suggest a Leica M, and something constructed by magical elves, under a mountain in Germany?

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