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: 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: I got this lens with my E-PL3, and it is fantastic for landscapes. The f 2.8 is obviously slower than the much more expensive 17mm f 1.8, but for landscapes you don't shoot at f 1.8 at all-- you use higher f-stops of course!
Excerpt: I have the lens on a E-P3 and it works great. Build quality is excellent, it is very flat and makes the P3 a pocket camera. I like prime lenses. I also have a 12 mm f2.0. The cool thing about the scale of these m4/3 cameras and lenses is that it is practical to haul around the camera and several...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I was forced to buy my E-P3 with a kit lens since it was not sold as body only, so I choose the E-P3 and 17 2.8. This is a tiny and flat lens, hence the term "pancake." Hot dang, it's a fine little optic: perfect walkaround angle of view and easy to slip in a pocket or messenger bag.
Excerpt: This is a very useful lens. It's so compact I can attach it to my OM-D EM-5 and drop it in my front pants pocket. Autofocus is fast and smooth. It's made of a light weight plastic but the build is solid.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Super Compact