As some of you might now, i did a big trip during april and recently got back. for that trip i needed a second body to go with my OMD. I decided on the X100s. But since money is limited, i sold some of my m43 primes and relied on my trusty zooms for the OMD. So i came back, and decided to sell the X100s for bunch of reasons left me wondering about getting some primes for my OMD again, as i like em better when street shooting or documenting stuff. and got trapped in this "grey area" called the Olympus 17mm f1.8 Everyone says is a "good lens" or "alright lens" and just a few were saying "its a great lens" or a "must". So i drove onto my favorite store here in NZ to test that "alright-ness" of a lens. Slapped the lens onto my OMD and fired away. after playing with it enough, decided to go with it. Today i took it for a ride. on the streets. couldnt find much interesting stuff but still i think it will make my point about this lens. I think its an awesome lens. it is sharp. how sharp?. is "more-than-you-need" sharp a word?. But as most of the people in gear-forums i would tell, is not as sharp as the O75mm but no other lens in this system is even close to the sharpness and IQ that lens delivers. But it is sharper than the P14 (which i owned in the past) and it is quite on par with my P25 which is also quite there with the P20. but... ...let the images do the talking better. english is not my first language. All images shot with the OMD - O17 f1.8 ...and now the moment all you hardcore-gear-heads-sharpnessisneverenough-pixel-peepers have been waiting for... "before and after" shots showing 100% view in lightroom, SOOC, no adjustments whatsoever. <IMG SRC="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1030775/17%20test/Screen%20shot%202013-05-26%20at%205.27.22%20PM.png" HEIGHT="454" WIDTH="875" BORDER="0"> Right click on the image and click "open in a new tab" to view the 100% of the image <IMG SRC="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1030775/17%20test/Screen%20shot%202013-05-26%20at%207.42.04%20PM.png" HEIGHT="453" WIDTH="875" BORDER="0"> Right click on the image and click "open in a new tab" to view the 100% of the image <IMG SRC="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1030775/17%20test/Screen%20shot%202013-05-26%20at%207.53.39%20PM.png" HEIGHT="456" WIDTH="875" BORDER="0"> Right click on the image and click "open in a new tab" to view the 100% of the image what do you guys think?. looks pretty sharp to me, even wide open, right?. This is not intended to be a review of the lens, just my personal experience about this lens. I believe this lens is WAY, WAY better than what most reviews and forum people out there are saying. Its amazing how the "internet" can destroy good gear and sometime worship some really bad one. hope this will help anyone in the fence of this lens. I can see this and my PL25 my favorite primes. Also, one more thing before i finish, i dont know who uses this lenses, but im 31 years old, and ive read in a couple of places that the marks in the "clutch" of the lens were hard to read and way too small. really? I dont use glasses but it looks perfectly clear. No numbers, lines or colors are tricky to read. But i found that the AF speed with this lens is so fast, honestly, fast! that i dont see myself using the MF much often. bottom line to me is: How much sharpness is enough?