Reviews and Problems with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake
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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: 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.
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 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: 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: 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 small lens, step above kit lens for depth of field effects
17 May 2011
Summary: This is a great little lens. the smallest lens for M43. the Panasonic 20mm, which is also labeled a "pancake", is the size of the 14-42 kit Olympus kit lens (in transport position), that is, quite a bit larger than this lens. As others state, first off it is very compact. Image quality is very good. I am not sure why some say that the kit lens is sharper. I can't see it.
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: The Oly 17mm f/2.8 pancake for micro four-thirds is just about as small and light a lens as you'll find. It's basically a 35mm focal length on its native cameras. Its sole advantage is its size. It is far from optically perfect, with fairly strong chromatic aberrations and some corner softness (surprising, given its crop factor of 2). Still, the Oly E-P1 does recognize the lens and post-processes its images specifically to improve as much distortion as possible.
Olympus PEN + this lens + optical viewfinder = Modern remake of the rangefinder
Michael A. Duvernois, Amazon
17 May 2011
Summary: This is small lens. That's its main claim to fame, not the speed at f2.8, nor the focal length, the equivalent of about 35mm in 35mm photography. But on the small Olympus PEN body, this lens gives you a small package that takes quite good pictures without messing around with a zoom. In particular, it works well as a walking-around street camera, much like an old Leica or a Canon rangefinder of the 1950s/1960s.