Showcase Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO

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@ijm5012, I really like the look of your photographs. What settings did you use for these?

Spent this past weekend in Chicago for a friend's wedding. Brought a bag full of gear (2 E-M1 II's, PL 8-18, 12-100, 17/1.2, 45/1.2, flashes).

I didn't use the PL 8-18 once, the 12-100 only came out of the bag for a few hours for a handful of shots, the 45/1.2 was used on the secondary camera during the rehearsal dinner for some photos, but by and large the most used lens was the 17/1.2. It's such a convenient focal length, and the lens is great on an E-M1 II handling-wise. Here are a few pics taken with the lens from this past weekend.

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@ijm5012, I really like the look of your photographs. What settings did you use for these?
Thanks. They were edited in DXO PL, and the edits were pretty simple. Add some contrast & microcontrast, added an S-curve to boost the highlights and fade the blacks a bit, and that's pretty much it. I've been very happy with DXO PL as a LR alternative. It doesn't do everything (i.e. HDR and Pano-stitching), but for those activities I edit in DXO PL, and then send it over to LR6 for the blending/stitching before the final export.
 

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wide open, feathered bokeh
 
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The 17mm dog portrait attempt..

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Here's a boring Brick Wall shot :p
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posting this just for the starburst example...
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The 17 Pro is also great at close focus. Close focus doesn't get a lot of press, so I thought I'd show some examples. I recently used it to try and capture some of the spring wildflower bloom. I like the wide angle, short DOF sometimes, because it adds context and subject isolation, so there's a more a sense of the place. Flip screens are also really useful!

Here's flower reaching towards the sun for some nice backlighting. F2.8 ended up being a good setting for being close to min focus distance and objects about 2 inches in diameter.
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Similar scene from a higher vantage point at f2.8.
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Below are two images of the same scene at f1.2 and f2.8 at near min focus distance to give a sense of the DOF control and rendering.
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Stopping down to f11, reveals good sun stars and baby blue eyes. I had to edit out a purple blob for this shot, but can be avoided with small adjustments in camera position.
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And the 17mm focal length is also useful for grabbing the larger scene. The Carrizo Plain in full bloom!
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The 17 Pro is also great at close focus. Close focus doesn't get a lot of press, so I thought I'd show some examples. I recently used it to try and capture some of the spring wildflower bloom. I like the wide angle, short DOF sometimes, because it adds context and subject isolation, so there's a more a sense of the place. Flip screens are also really useful!

Here's flower reaching towards the sun for some nice backlighting. F2.8 ended up being a good setting for being close to min focus distance and objects about 2 inches in diameter.
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Similar scene from a higher vantage point at f2.8.
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Below are two images of the same scene at f1.2 and f2.8 at near min focus distance to give a sense of the DOF control and rendering.
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Stopping down to f11, reveals good sun stars and baby blue eyes. I had to edit out a purple blob for this shot, but can be avoided with small adjustments in camera position.
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And the 17mm focal length is also useful for grabbing the larger scene. The Carrizo Plain in full bloom!
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Great photos. Image 5 with the sunstar and flowers in foreground is stunningly good.
 

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Finally I can post here. What a stunning lens ! I received it today and didn't have time to play with it. 2 test shots :

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First walkaround with my new lens, I'm truly impressed :
Natty Dread.
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35mm Scenery.
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Rapids.
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