Reviews and Problems with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake
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Darn tootin' wee optic
1 January 2013
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. I've shot a lot of images and the color, contrast and sharpness are excellent.
Summary: I was going back and forth between the Panasonic 20mm and the 14mm when I saw a deal for this lens, used, at only a hundred and thirty bucks. I couldn't resist. Then I found a VF-1 optical viewfinder on a closeout deal at Crutchfield for $29- even better. With both mounted on my Olympus E-PL1 it not only looks like an early pre-rangefinder Leica, it's the same kind of fast, easy to operate camera as the Leica.
Summary: I bought this lens for my Olympus EP-2. I mainly use old Minolta manual focus lenses, but I wanted to have a small compact lens. This is lens is perfect for everyday shooting. The size of the lens makes the camera almost pocketable. The image quality is pretty good for the price, but doesn't compare to the legacy lenses that I use, like the Rokkor 50mm/1.4. The Auto-focus motor is a bit slower than most DSLRs I have used, but I have not used any other Micro-4/3 lenses.
Summary: I bought a new Olympus E-P3 and the 17mm F/2.8 was included as a kit lens. As others have noted, this is a tiny and flat lens, hence the term "pancake." I saw many negative reviews on this lens so I figured I'd end up tossing it in a drawer or selling. But, hot dang, it's a fine little optic: perfect walk-around angle of view, good optical performance and easy to slip in a pocket.
Summary: If I could have given this lens 3 1/2 stars, I would have. It does have some things going for it: useful focal length good bokeh pretty sharp in the center But it also has some things going against it: horrendous CA (this cannot be overstated) beyond the center, sharpness is not good 2.8 is okay, but when there's a 20mm 1.7 running around, one has to wonder why this lens isn't faster also, m43 bodies correct for distortion, but natively the distortion of this lens is...
Summary: I have an Oly e-510 with the standard lens set, I struggled with low light shots. Found this Pen E1 and this f2.8 lens and had good results with low light levels. I use as prime lens on the E1. Also this Pen has HD movie feat that does a good quality job. So far I am pleased with the quality of pictures, and the make of the lens. Total unit is very compact, and can fit in a large shirt pocket.
Summary: Nice lens - wish it was just a bit faster, 1.7 like the panasonic would be great, but then this would be 150 bucks more too. Keeps the camera very compact and light. Photos are sharp, CA not that noticible to me, but not a pro.
Great size, a not great for low light or enough bokeh
Michael K. Scherzer "I drank Steve Job's Kool..., Amazon
10 May 2011
Summary: This is a great lens if you want something compact for your M4/3 camera. I did play around with it for a few times at night (Times Square) and the lens wasn't exactly super fast. I am still getting used to my EPL-1 so that might be the issue. I have read other reviewers say that Panasonic's offerings are better (also come at a higher price).
Summary: I ordered this lens with my new E-PL2. I believe it's important to mention that this is my first time using a mirrorless camera, and the contrast AF, which seems to have trouble in certain situations. That said, the 17mm 2.8 seems to focus reasonably fast. There is some breathing, to be certain, more or less depending on the situation, and how close the subject is to the lens (the closer the subject, the more breathing required to focus), though in general it is pretty...
Great Alternative to the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm Kit f/1.7
Thomas Wang, Amazon
10 August 2010
Summary: I got this lens for my GF1 and it is simple as plug n play, the lens is very well build and very compact. I use it on my GF1 all the time, unfortunately there is no zoom but this is the same as the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm Kit f/1.7, at 1/2 of the price of the panasonic pancake lens this is a great alternative buy and you won't miss much.