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Rekindled my love for Oly 17 mm 2.8

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Bhupinder2002, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi Guys
    This little lens was my first prime and I sold it in favour of Panasonic 20 mm . Today I was just going through some pics taken with this lens and my EPL1 which has rekindled my love for this lens again . I do have Panny 25 mm 1.4 and Oly 45 mm 1.8 and I was thinking of adding Panny 14mm 2.5 to my collection .I personally think this lens was the most underrated lens in MFT format as most of the media reviews favoured Panny 20 mm .
    Share any words of wisdom on this lens and ur experience if u have used it before . Do u think its an alternative to Panny 14 mm 2.5?
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I liked the images I got from the 17. I thought it was plenty sharp and they had a nice quality to them. The P20 is a tough act to follow but the 17 holds its own pretty well. I think it might be a tad over priced.
     
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  3. RussellOlaguer

    RussellOlaguer Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 12, 2012
    Paranaque, Philippines
    Russell Olaguer
    I have the X100. And the 17mm is the perfect equivalent in terms of the focal length I am used to.
    I trade the 17mm to 20mm not because it's not good... but because the 20mm is faster (f1.7) and sharper.

    May I ask something.. in terms of AF speed, which is faster (in Oly body), the 17mm or the 20mm? I wasnt able to use my 17mm that much to notice the difference in AF speed.
     
  4. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    Dave
    The 17 has faster AF on new oly bodies.

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    Heading Out by CapoDave, on Flickr

    And those great Oly colors.
     
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  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks for reminding me this . The main reason for selling was slow AF on EPL1 and more over EPL1 had shutter speed of 1/2000 and I was unable to use the lens outdoor. I didnt think of buying ND fliter at that time. I can still get this lens around USD 200
    Cheers
     
  6. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    A 14mm lens has a different FOV and can give a different perspective than a 17mm lens. Try this experiment: shoot a subject with the 17, change to a 14 and move in close enough so that the subject takes up as much of the frame as the 17 did. The images will look different. If you have a 20, the difference will be less between it and a 17 than 17 to 14.

    Different focal length lenses can be used for giving a different look to a subject, besides including more or less of a scene.
     
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  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Do you have any examples of this? I have the 17 and the 20 but I don't have a 14 to use for comparison. Just curious about the difference. Thanks!
     
  8. AY416

    AY416 New to Mu-43

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    Mar 26, 2011
    i thought i read somewhere, maybe 4/3 rumors that olympus is coming out with an updated version of the 17mm, that is why I am holding off on purchasing one. when that updated 17mm comes out, i will then sell my panny 20
     
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  9. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks mate , I won't pull the trigger then .
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  10. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

    273
    Sep 20, 2011
    You have a 14-42 kit lens, judging from your sig. Just use that to see the difference.
     
  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I just had one of those "duh!" Moments, thanks!:rolleyes:
     
  12. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 30, 2011
    I have owned and used a 17mm since having my first M43 body 2 years ago. I have taken thousands of shots with this lens that came with the original kit. The FOW is ideal and the lens is reasonably sharp. Great for street photography and group / shots. The results seems different to the pany 14 / 20 in the final output. I have never used either of these lens so I can only compare from the many photos on this site and others.

    As much as I would like to "upgrade" to something sharper with a similar FOW (20mm) I keep holding off in the hope that either the 17mm will be upgraded to something a little sharper and faster, or the 20mm mark 2 with quicker focus will be released.
     
  13. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I might consider getting that updated 17mm, but I'll never part with the Panasonic 20 f1.7. Some pieces of glass you just end up loving.
     
  14. AY416

    AY416 New to Mu-43

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    Mar 26, 2011
  15. AY416

    AY416 New to Mu-43

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    Mar 26, 2011
    I love the 20mm as well... but i don't know if i can justify the cost of keeping two lenses that are 3mm focal length(well, technically 6mm) apart. aside from that, i love the lens
     
  16. PointZero

    PointZero Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 28, 2011
    California
    I loved the Oly 17mm when I had it. It was the greatest value at the time for a prime lens. Though with the recent price drops in the Panny 14mm, I couldn't justify not replacing the Oly lens.
     
  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I just ordered Oly 17 mm 2.8 once again and lets see what happens.I had it for a while with my Oly EPL1 and I told it in favour of Panny 20 mm 1.7
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  18. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    I think the 17mm is really a very strong focal length, this is what sets it apart from the 20mm and 14mm lenses.
     
  19. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    17mm is definitely a better focal for street shoot, I owned 14, 17, 20 and now only have 14 and 17mm with 25mm replace 20mm, I use 14mm for UW and fisheye adapter and 17mm for general shoot.
     
  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    [The 20 but I don't have a 14 to use for comparison. Just curious about the difference. Thanks![/QUOTE]

    Steve Huff posted some intriguing pictures comparing the 17mm and 14mm.
    The Panasonic 14mm 2.5 Micro 4/3 Lens Review by Steve Huff | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

    I had the 20 but sold to finance my aquisition of the PL25. Still wish I had it. Something along the 17mm focal length would be more useful now, but I'd only pick it up at a bargain price given its resolution.