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DPR: Olympus 17 1.8 first impressions

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dav1dz, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    Canada
    Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples: Digital Photography Review

    Don't know if they'll get around to doing a full length review but their first impressions are good.

    And from their forums on sharpness:
     
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  2. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Thanks for posting this. I appreciate seeing yet another positive review for this much inappropriately maligned lens. I think a lot of the unfavorable reviews are because photogs have already seen what the 75/1.8 can do. I honestly wonder if things would've been different if the 17/1.8 was released first. Yes, I'm sure people would say it's less sharp corner-to-corner compared to the 20/1.7 and 25/1.4 but it's not by a huge margin as most people make it out to be. :p
     
  3. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    A lens with such a small front element screams software correction unfortunately. How the 20/1.7 made it out sharper is great. But add this to the existing 17 and 14 as average lenses.
     
  4. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Out of curiosity, have you owned both the 17/1.8 and 17/2.8? With all due respect to your opinions, I would dare say that in no possible way are the 17/2.8 and 17/1.8 the same IQ-wise. I don't think you can call the 17/1.8 average. 2nd tier, maybe, with the 17/2.8 belonging to that 3rd tier which I consider average.

    I know nothing about lens engineering but doesn't the 45/1.8 have a very small front element, too? And yet it's the one of the sharpest lenses in the M43 world. And the 20/1.7's front element I think is not much larger than the 17/1.8.
     
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  5. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I had the 2.8 when I first got into m43. Then I had the 20 and side by side it was night and day.
     
  6. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I completely agree that the 17/2.8 and 20/1.7 are like night and day (that was never a point of contention) but the 17/1.8 compared to the 20/1.7 sharpness/IQ-wise are not really that dissimilar for real-world purposes (i.e. not by pixel peeper standards).

    We all have our preferences for what type of lenses we want in our collection. You just need to choose which attributes of a lens are more important to you: pancake, cost-effective, modestly sharper (advantage goes to 20/1.7) or fast AF, wider and more classic FOV, metal build with a snap focus ring, allegedly better microcontrast (advantage goes to 17/1.8). :biggrin:
     
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I'm good with Ming's much earlier assessment :cool:
     
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  8. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    Canada
    Let's not forget the 17/1.8 balances with the E-M5 very well. I suspect a new E-P would also fit nicely.
     
  9. PaulGiz

    PaulGiz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 3, 2013
    Rhode Island, USA
    Front element is related to focal length and aperture. A 17mm 1.8 lens has a light column of ~8mm, or 1/3 of an inch. Front element is of course larger because of the way light is gathered, but there is no reason to make it larger than it has to be.

    P.