Summary: The small size and light weight of this lens are the only reasons to consider buying this lens. Optically, it's not the excellent lens that previous reviews would lead you to believe. Quite the contrary. Chromatic aberration (CA) is the biggest problem you'll find. Not only will you see CA at the edges of the frame but even towards the edges of the inner third of the frame. Sharpness and contrast are characteristically so-so, typical for lenses in this price bracket.
Summary: Bought Summer 09 & run this on an E420 for a compact walkabout. It's ok, moderately sharp and good for candid snaps open wide. No better combination of price/portability I could identify really on an SLR at the time. Still probably better practically then Pen/GF1 when current prices considered. 2.8 was as good as it gets, but would love something little faster (or use it on a body with stabiliser for extra stop or 2?
Summary: This lens makes my E-620 almost a (bulky) compact camera, easier to carry around on its own, so this have become my default lens. Being standard means that you can take all kind of conventional pictures, but it's not the ideal choice for other more specific types of photography. In a word, it's a good all-rounder, very handy, but nothing special. No wows except for the size. In my opinion, the price is slightly expensive for being f2.8. The built quality is fine.
classico obiettivo da "gita", in qualita zuiko-olympus
27 November 2009
Excerpt: pagato 244euro su deshop.it (ottimo sito per acquisti in ambiente four thirds system). Una lente che fa da classico obiettivo da reportage, tutto quello che per altre marche è il classico cinquantino, con quattro terzi lo fai con questo 25mm (che con fatt ...
Pros: ottimo anche per macro * , minuscolo, buona costruzione
Summary: Wer sich eine Olympus E-P1 kauft, der wird sich wohl neben dem Standardobjektiv auch das 17mm Pancake kaufen, da es mit seiner Länge von 22mm der neuen Oly erst jene Kompaktheit verleiht, die ein wesentliches Kaufkriterium ist. Optisch enttäuscht es nicht. Doch für ein konstruktiv einfaches Plastikding mit lautem Fokussiermotor und einer Lichtstärke von lediglich 2.8 sind € 300.- schon etwas viel.