Olympus 17mm f 1.8 micro 4 3 lens

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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Micro 4/3 Lens

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The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Micro 4/3 Lens

The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 provides Micro 4/3 users with the classic 35mm focal length, perfect for street, landscape, and portrait photography. With its f/1.8 aperture, it allows great subject isolation with a smooth background blur and makes shooting in low light much easier, with high contrast and corner-to-corner sharpness even at its widest aperture.

The MSC (Movie and Stills Compatible) autofocus system gives fast, silent performance when shooting either still or video. If manual focus is needed, it features the Snapshot focus mechanism that’s seen in the wider Olympus 12mm f/2, allowing precision manual focus on the fly. When set to manual focus, distance and depth-of-field scales are revealed for hyperfocal distance focusing.

The 17mm f/1.8 features a metal barrel construction that houses the six-group/nine-element optics. It utilizes three aspherical elements to achieve its high image quality, with one high refractive index element to correct for spherical aberrations. It also has an optical coating to minimize ghosting and lens flare. With its compact size and popular focal length, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 serves as a great choice for an everyday, walk-around lens.

Tim's Take

The much awaited replacement to the original Olympus 17mm f/2.8, the new version offers higher image quality and a faster aperture. Build quality also gets a big leap forward, adopting the manual focus clutch seen in the 12mm f/2. If the 35mm focal length is your preferred focal length, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 is a worthy choice.

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