Reviews and Problems with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake
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great photos, but quality control?
Donald J. Schmitz, Amazon
11 April 2014
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. May look for another prime but for now enjoying getting to know my first 4/3.
Summary: Its not of prime lens quality. I just added another Oympus mft to my stable and compared my older 17 with the 14-42 zoom that came with the new camera. Its close to a stop faster but that's it. I just ran some tests and the zoom is a pretty equal performer with better CA's, slightly better contrast, but weaker edge resolution. The 17 prime doesn't even have an edge in bokeh.
Summary: The pen1 kit lens goes as wide angle as 14", so this basically isn't a very useful lens. The focus on manual doesn't seem to do anything when I rotate the focus ring. It makes a pen camera basically a point-and-shoot.
Ok Lens. Very compact, but some tradeoffs for the size.
Ryan Karolak, Amazon
18 May 2011
Summary: I really wanted to like this lens. It's wonderfully compact. I got it as part of the 17mm kit with the E-P1. Having come from using DSLRs and a variety of other lenses, I found this lens to be a bit slow (f/2.8), fairly soft, and prone to chromatic aberration compared to most lenses I've used. I ended up buying the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens and since then been using that almost exclusively on my PEN and have barely touched the 17mm.
Summary: Simply said: buy the Panasonic 20mm. I found myself frustrated with the so-so image quality as others reported. While it's a very compact package, I think it's really worth spending some extra for the Panasonic 20mm lens which became the lens I use 95% of the time with my E-P1. You get much better sharpness, even at wide open at 1.7. The image quality from this lens is no better than the Panasonic lens wide open.