New Olympus 17mm 1.8

Started Mar 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
amtberg Veteran Member • Posts: 5,752
Re: 17mm vs 20mm after using both

I should have stated that I was talking solely about IQ, not build or field use.  In IQ terms, the lens has relatively poor resolution (relative to other MFT primes), lots of distortion, and huge vignetting.  I also find the bokeh surprisingly odd for a not-so-fast prime, but that's largely a matter of taste.

To me it's another head scratcher from Olympus.  Why make this lens when there's already the smaller, faster, cheaper, optically superior Panny 20mm, with a similar focal length?

OTOH, I'd have loved to see a higher IQ 17mm lens at f/1.4 at about the same price.

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