Summary: Very nice lens to use. Fast and gives good image quality. Would prefer water resistant as my OMD E5 is rated as such and other Olympus lens is. Overall a very good lens, suitable for general everyday use. I bought this mainly to grab quick action shots of my my family but now use it for landscape and in low light.
Summary: I purchased this lens as my first micro4/3 lens for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The build is superb and feels substantial (as the lens is metal construction not plastic). The lens works very well with the Bmpcc and delivers images that are very sharp.
Summary: It's wide. It's fast. I absolutely love this lens! Recently replaced my Nikon D80 and 50mm 1.8 lens with this camera, this lens (and a few others). For the past couple of weeks I've shot a few thousand photos with this lens and it is wonderful. If you've wavering on which lens to get, I cannot recommend this one enough. I've added a few beachy photos and shots from Selby Gardens in the customer pics section. Cheers!
Summary: I like the 34mm equivalent view since it feels the most natural to me. It's not the most amazingly sharp glass (I won't deny I wasn't a little disappointed the first time I zoomed into a photo to see the resolution), but for the price, I can't complain too much.
Summary: I am no expert when it comes to lenses but this is by far the best that I have ever owned. Focuses fast beyond belief. Great while walking down the street taking adhoc photos. Just aim and click at anything coming at you. Pictures are incredible as well. Expensive when I purchased it, but worth every penny.
This is the only lens that I have had on my camera since purchase!
David Hutchinson, Amazon
3 August 2013
Summary: I purchased this lens to have a fast, compact lens for general shooting on my Olympus OM-D E5 micro 4/3 camera. It is the only prime lens that I have for this camera and I love it! Since I purchased the lens I have shot 4 or 5 events with the lens and I really find it to be very sharp. The build is solid and offers both auto and manual focus.
Summary: Since getting this lens, it's pretty much all I ever want to use. I, too, have compared it with the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras . Having used both, the Olympus has the following going for it (from most to least important): 1. Rarely hunts and never for longer than a fraction of a second.
Summary: I took this lens, my kit lens and the longer 40-150mm zoom on a trip to England and Scotland where I did a mix of street shooting, landscapes, indoor touristy shots and indoor group shots. My camera is the Olympus E-PM2. I figured I would keep the other lenses on the camera most of the time, but after a day of shooting in grey weather and indoors the 17mm stayed on my camera for the entire trip!