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The Personal Prime Shootout

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by drd1135, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    As of later today, I will officially have the O17 2.8, the O17 1.8, the O25 1.8, the O45 1.8, and the O60 2.8 No targets, just everyday shooting. The real fight will be the new 17 vs. old 17 and the new 17 vs. the 25. It's hard to get any clear picture of the O17 1.8 from the webreviews/forums/etc. so I'll just have to try it out myself. I hope I can at least sell one of these (O17 vs O25, 1.8) at some point. In case you're curious, the P14 2.5 and the Coolpix A take care of the low end.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015
  2. tino84

    tino84 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2013
    have fun, despite its well build and faboulous manual ring, personally I found 17 1.8 not my lens, I did not liked its character, the rendering and the look of my pics. Strange thing, I did not like 17, and neither 14mm, but with my zoom I play a lot with 12-15-16 and 18mm, avoiding 14 and 17 without even knowing (gx7 does not shows it on screen). Just 1mm, but a whole different render to me :)  And I loved my 25mm, that I just sold to buy 12-40.
  3. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    I suspect the O17 vs. O25 battle will be decided on which focal length you prefer. I have both, they are both nice lenses.
  4. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    I recently got the O17 f1.8 but had to sell the O25 to fund it. I do like the 17, especially the snap-focus feature, but it doesn't seem to be as sharp as the 25. I'm not as comfortable with the focal length either, but I'm trying to get used to it. I think I just prefer the character of the shots the 25 gave me.

    It's looking like I may have sell it to buy another example of the 25!

    In the meantime, at least I have another Olympus 25mm, albeit a rather slower f4 version for Pen F.
  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I love the 17/1.8 It is one of my "holy trinity" primes for my m43, along with the 25 and 45 f/1.8. The 17 and 25 I use a lot for street photography and the 45 for some street and portraits.

    Since you already have a 14/2.5 and a Coolpix A, I'd drop both the 17's and keep the 25.
  6. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    While I like the 35mm-e focal length (I shot with the X100 for over a year), I didn't warm to the 17 1.8. I found the image quality wasn't any better than the 12-40, so I sold it. Illogically, I then sold the 12-40 because I wanted smaller, lighter, simpler. Ended up with the 15mm 1.7 and couldn't be happier ... for now :) 
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  7. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Yeah, the Nikon makes for tough competition. I loved the 17/1.8 -- the output from the lens and the focal length. Then after wasting much energy on other options I ended up with the O25/1.8 and the Nikon A. I apparently wasn't quite as married to 35mm FL as I thought...
  8. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team Subscribing Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    If you like the 35-equiv focal length then there's no perfect choice in u43:

    17/2.8 - OK if you're not picky, but if you are then it fails to deliver the clarity and sharpness that better lenses have.

    17/1.8 - After the great IQ of the 12/2, the 17/1.8 was a bit of a disappointment for many and seemed an opportunity lost. It's pretty sharp in the centre of the frame at f1.8 but the edges are weak. However, things improve a lot stopping down and it's very sharp over most of the frame by f3.5.

    15/1.7 - Maybe the 17/1.8 was an opportunity lost for Olympus, but the Pany 15/1.7, whilst better, still isn't perfect either with soft corners wide open.

    Voigtlander 17.5 f0.95 - at f0.95 it's unreasonable to expect it to be sharp corner to corner, and it's not! However, the centre is pretty usable so if environmental portraits and such like are your thing then this is the closest you'll get to something like an FF 35/1.4. However, it big and heavy, MF only and no EXIF.

    Having said all that, I very often have the 17/1.8 on my E-M1 and most of the time I'm very happy with it. Despite its corner softness wide open, I think it does give good "pop" to images and it's small, light and nicely built.
  9. Jermonic

    Jermonic Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    My thoughts on the Olympus 17 1.8

    - Autofocus: Instant, reliable and silent. A workhorse in this regard.
    - Character & rendering: Didn't like it, too cold, and it never conveyed anything to me. Just "meh".
    - Well built, but a bit on the heavy side.
    - Sharpness: For a prime, it (perhaps just my copy?) was definately lacking here. I was so disappointed. It does however, react well enough to post-sharpening.
    - Still too expensive for what it offers.

    I ended up selling it, I guess it never caught on to me, especially considering the price. But I have to say I've seen many make good use of it in their photos around the web. Just not my type of lens.
  10. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    The 17/1.8 vs 17/2.8 should be no competition. The 17/1.8 is a full 1 1/3 stop faster with IQ that is noticeably better along with much better build quality. They are different lenses for different needs/wants.

    As for the 17/1.8 vs 25/1.8, these are two completely different focal lengths and which you prefer is more about focal length. Technically, if you're only speaking of optics, IMO the 25/1.8 is the "better" lens but if you need a 35mm lens for a given situation, the O25/1.8 no matter how good it is, is useless.
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  11. walter_j

    walter_j Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 10, 2013
    Hagwilget, B.C., Canada
    I have the Voightlander 17.5 and used it a lot with the E-M5 and magnification. It is difficult to focus wide open, but I haven't tried it too much with the E-M1 and focus peaking yet. I just got the E-M1 and enjoy using manual focus lenses with it. I have to make an effort to use other lenses than the 17.5, so this FL is the sweet spot for me. The 12mm is probably the next most used lens, but I'm wondering about the 10.5 or 8.5. The 7 to 14 is $2500 on amazon, so thats pretty unlikely.
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