Reviews and Problems with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake
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JRG SHOOTER, B&H Photo
9 December 2014
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. 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.
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. Are there any advantages other than compact size? A review here concluded that the 14-42 is sharper than 17 f2.8; I totally disagree.
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 lenses without too much weight. The 17 mm f/2.8 is a bit noisy while focusing but is very fast in autofocusing.
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. I've shot a lot of images and the color, contrast and sharpness are excellent.
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. I'm satisfied with the image quality but early readings suggest that it's not quite as sharp as the Oly 45mm 1.8 I bought at the same time. The 2.8 speed is very useful as compared to the slower zooms made for these CSCs.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Super Compact
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.