Reviews and Problems with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake
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JRG SHOOTER, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: Nice, handy, and very mobile little lens, Oly's first offering in m43. Overshadowed by the Pany 20mm, it has nevertheless held its own and delivers equally great results. The only big con is that it's useless for video (very noisy).
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Great Lens that is often criticized for being slow
Shawn C., Amazon
16 September 2014
Summary: I picked this lens up as a bundle with Pen E-P1 camera. I had my skepticism as I read many reviews that talk negative about this lens on the web. Well, it proves that you can't judge something until you use it yourself. I really like this lens. It's plenty sharp especially in the middle where it is most important.
Summary: Highly recommend the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens because it performs as described, an excellent, small in size, aim and shoot lens especially suited for spontaneous street photos or for staged compositions.
Summary: This lens doesn't get a lot of respect, especially when compared to the legendary Panasonic 20mm/1.7. Even so, it's probably on my EM-5 90% of the time. For me the 35mm equivalent focal length is the perfect size for street and indoor photography, I found the 20mm Panasonic (40mm equivalent) focal length was just a little too long for me in that regard.
Summary: At the current below $200.00 price this is an excellent lens for use on a small micro 4/3 body as part of a light weight travel set up. With this and a 40mm or 50mm prime lens you will have everything you need for out door travel photography. The 40-50mm could be the excellent Olympus M-Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 or even a 40mm f/2 rangefinder legacy lens with adapter. If you are going to be doing a lot of indoor photograph (churches, etc.
Excerpt: The 14-42 IIR kit zoom is too bulky for a jacket pocket; therefore I bought this 17 f2.8 for my E-PM2 for lightweight daily carry. This prime lens fits fine in my pocket as planned. As this stage of its life, it is being sold at a discount at most places and even cheaper bought second hand. Are there any advantages other than compact size? A review here concluded that the 14-42 is sharper than 17 f2.8; I totally disagree.