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.
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...
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.
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.
Summary: Bought for fixed lens complement for em-p2 two lens kit. But it wasn't quite the 'pancake' lens I imagined, not much smaller than kit lens. And more seriously it didn't attach smoothly to camera body, like something wasn't meshing.