17/2.8 in low light

dixeyk

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I read quite a few comments about the Panasonic 20/1.7 being superior in low light (and that makes sense as it is quite fast and the IBIS on the Olympus Pen bodies probably makes that even more useful. I have a 17/2.8 and while I like it quite a lot I realize I don't do a lot of low light with it. Does anyone out there have any great low light shots done with the Olympus 17? I'm going to try a few and I'm curious what anyone else has been able to do with it.
 
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It would be interesting to know how focus speeds are affected in low light, as I've heard the 17 focuses faster than the 20 in normal use.
I have neither, and hope something in the 10-12mm range arrives soon, but I can't guarantee I'll wait that long before I crack :smile:.
 

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Not saying this is necessarily a great shot - but it is low light and the 17mm lens on an E-P1

used aperture priority, probably centre weighted exposure. I also tend to have my camera set up so that the focus is done using the AEL/AFL button, not on the half press of the shutter - reason being that I dont want the AF to retry focusing every time i press the shutter, as in low light situations it can get confused.

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Not saying this is necessarily a great shot - but it is low light and the 17mm lens on an E-P1

used aperture priority, probably centre weighted exposure. I also tend to have my camera set up so that the focus is done using the AEL/AFL button, not on the half press of the shutter - reason being that I dont want the AF to retry focusing every time i press the shutter, as in low light situations it can get confused.

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I'd say that qualifies as pretty great looking.
 

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Lovely...I was just in Barcelona...love that city.
 

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The 20 is a bit better in low light, but the 17 isn't bad at all. Its probably better than the LX5, for example, and the LX5 is pretty damn good in low light. Here's are two of mine - not great photos (although I've come to like the first) but certainly technically competent in low light...

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You guys are talking me into a 17 for my second body.

I'm in love with the 20mm, but the 17mm is such a deal, the posts here are starting to reach me...
 

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Vidar,
I generally don't care much for B&W shots, but this one made me pause and take a second look.
Great shot!!

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