New Olympus 17mm 1.8

Started Mar 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,466
Re: 17mm vs 20mm after using both

Pixnat2 wrote:

FrankS009 wrote:

What do you mean by "field qualities?"

I mean the ease of use or "snapinness" in real life shooting.

Yes, but what more specifically is "ease of use" or "snappiness". I don't have the 17 but I have quite a few other MFT lenses to compare my 20 with (e.g., 12/2, 14/2.5, 45/1.8, and 75/1.8 plus a bunch of zooms) and I don't find that the 20 is inferior to any of them with regard to "field qualities" or ease of use. The AF of the 20 is worse under certain conditions but that doesn't trouble me. In ordinary AF-S use, it works just as well/fast as any other lens. Optically, it is clearly ahead of the 17, which of course shouldn't be taken to mean that the latter is bad.

The 17 and 20mm are "do-it-all" FL useful for reportage, street shooting and available light photography. How they behave "in the field" is important.


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