Olympus 12mm f2.0 with the Olympus 17mm f1.8

Started Aug 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
JeanPierre Martel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,076
Re: Olympus 12mm f2.0 with the Olympus 17mm f1.8

bs1946 wrote:

If you have the Olympus 12mm f2.0, plus a 60mm, and don't want any zooms, would you add the Olympus 17mm f1.8 to your kit or would you move further up the line to one of the other primes between 19mm and 45mm?

In the wide-angle part of the range, a difference of 5mm in focal length make a bigger difference in angle of view than a 5mm difference between 145mm and 150mm, for example.

The M.Zuiko 12mm has an angle of view of 71,6 degrees, while the M.Zuiko 17mm has an angle of view of 53,9 degrees. That's big difference.

These days, people are using a lot of different lenses for street photography but the 17mm is the classical focal length for that purpose. With is manual/automatic focussing toggle ring, the M.Zuiko is perfectly built to be used for that purpose.

That being said, among all the lenses available for m4/3, the M.Zuiko 12mm is alone in its class. One can say that the M.Zuiko 17mm, the Sigma 19mm and the Lumix 20mm belongs in a second category, while 25mm primes (by Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma) belong in a third category. If you ever you try any of these lenses, you immediately see these differences.

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