Advice: Panasonic 15mm f1.7 on Olympus bodies vs Oly 17mm f1.8

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David J Barber
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Advice: Panasonic 15mm f1.7 on Olympus bodies vs Oly 17mm f1.8


No easy access to shops here in China for in-store comparisons, so please share you experiences. I have the E-M5 Mk1 1 and 2.

Most reviews suggest the Panasonic is better than the Oly 17mm. Price is not an issue for either lens, but not more expensive.

I'm considering a new prime. I have the Oly 45mm f1.8, which is stellar!

I use the 12-40 Pro most of the time, and have two bodies.

Recently, on a shoot inside a bar, the 45mm f1.8 required no flash, but the 12-40 pro struggled.

For inside, the 45mm is too narrow, hence my dilemma.

I don't think f1.8 vs f1.7 needs to be a factor.


1) Does the 15mm Panasonic play well with Olympus bodies?

2) What alternatives for the near 30mm fl am I maybe missing?

Thanks in advance for any advice from people using the 15mm on Olympus bodies.


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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus E-M5 II Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II +2 more
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