No idea why people disparage this lens

Started 2 months ago | User reviews thread
James Stirling
James Stirling Senior Member • Posts: 5,551
Re: It suffers by comparison with the 20mm f/1.7

AndyH44 wrote:

SamKnopf wrote:

The 17mm f/2.8 not a bad lens but the only thing it has going for it is that it's small. It's a prime lens that is no sharper than a kit zoom.

By comparison, the Panasonic 20mm is a pancake that is faster and sharper.

........ and larger, noisier, and hunts while trying to auto focus. Did I mention the banding issue that sometimes occurs with the P20 f1.7? Have both so I know.

Andy , The 20mm is over a stop faster and very sharp for a pancake design. I know that many complain about the AF slowness , but I have never had an issue with it and it remains by a good margin my most used m43 lens. I believe that the banding only happens on Olympus cameras

The difference in sharpness is not small . I think the 17mm F/2.8 is possibly the poorest m43 prime { outside the novelty lens-cap lenses } Does not mean you cannot get nice images with it

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