Heated debate about 17mm/1.8

Started Sep 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
dpreviewreader Regular Member • Posts: 483
Re: I missed the debate, was out shooting with my 17/1.8

walkaround wrote:

gotompoes wrote:

I have been reading recently a long debate about the IQ of the 17 mm lens.

Bought a week ago the wonderful Olympus E P5 with the 17 mm/1.8 and at the same time the Sony RX100II. Walked around with both camera's and was able to compare the results in good light.
The little sony performed much better at 35mm (full frame equivalent) then the Olympus 17mm 1.8. It should be the other way round.

Performed "better" in what sense?

Fauxtographers who shoot test charts all day hate this lens. Photographers on the other hand know that this is the MFT lens for street photography and general people shots, especially indoors.

Not all who shoot test charts hate the lens. Read the Optics section of the EP5 review at Imaging Resource. They think it is an excellent lens and like its sharpness.

And frankly, the RX100 IQ is hugely overrated. There is no way it trounced the E-P5 in competant hands.

Agreed. I would prefer the EPM2 over the RX100 as it is as small as the latter with better image quality and greater flexibility of an ILC.

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