Heated debate about 17mm/1.8

Started Sep 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
DjarumBlack Senior Member • Posts: 1,437
Re: Heated debate about 17mm/1.8

gotompoes 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.
As a result of that i will return the E P5 kit today.
I loved the E P5 but as a stand alone camera i consider it too expensive, with the 17 mm and the EVF it was for me an acceptable price.
It is possible that i bought a bad copy but the reviews about this lens have been mixed.
What to do next ?. I still have the fantastic Panasonic Leica 25 mm.
No doubt i will return to m4/3 as the system is athletic with a fantastic build quality.

Attach now some samples:
iso 200 - 5.6 - 1/160 or 1/125 second using centre spot for both camera's
flexible spot for Sony and smallest spot Olympus
conversions in Lightroom - no adjustments except highlight slider
all pictures taken in raw

Sony 1 - focal point cross window

Olympus 1 - focal point cross window

sony 2 focal point comb

Olympus 2 focal point comb

Sony 3 focal point leave most left in the middle

Olympus 3 focal point leave most left in the middle

For me, the olympus is better in the first group. For the second two groups, the only thing real apparent here is the greater DOF the olympus has. The bricks in the second group are more OOF than with the sony. With the last group, both leaves look pretty sharp.

What exactly were/are your expectations?

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