All-purpose wide-angle lens, Olympus 17mm f1.8 Review – DigiDIRECT TV Ep 018

At last, a fast, 35mm equivalent, lens for the Micro four thirds system that’s worth owning! … or is it?

In this week’s DDTV Blunty find out how Olympus’ new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 Lens is worth splashing the cash on…

“With a sophisticated lens design that uses some of the highest performance optical technologies available, this new wide-angle prime lens is an ideal all-purpose lens for a wide range of applications including photojournalism, street photography and travel photography. Its fast aperture of f1.8 makes it perfect for low-light photography. Olympus’ MSC focusing system (Movie & Still Compatible) provides extremely fast yet silent autofocusing for both stills and video. Its special manual focus clutch mechanism makes switching between autofocus and manual focus extremely easy. This new lens uses a metal lens barrel with a premium finish.


This lens features Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus with an inner focus system, which provides fast focusing for stills work and runs smooth and quiet, important when shooting video. The lens barrel has a ‘Snapshot’ ring which pulls back for manual focus control. Distance and depth-of-field scales for manual control are easily viewable on the lens barrel when the Snapshot ring is pulled back. Three aspherical elements, including a Dual Super Aspherical element to correct aberrations, as well as a High Refractive index element to correct high spherical aberrations, provide quality imaging and ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coatings are applied to the elements to reduce lens flare and ghost images


Key Features


– Fast 17mm Wide-Angle Lens

– Aperture Range: f/1.8-22

– Micro Four Thirds Mount

– Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) AF

– Snapshot Manual Focus Control Ring

– Distance and DOF Indicators

– Dual Super Aspherical Element

– High Refractive Index Element

– Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating

– For OM-D and PEN System Cameras”


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