What price would you pay for the Olympus 17mm f/1.8?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by sammaritan12, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. sammaritan12

    sammaritan12 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 17, 2012
    As we all know the new Olympus lens is a bit overpriced for what it is. Because of this it isn't as popular as other lenses. What would you pay for this lens(Don't say a ridiculously low price though)?
  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    but if it was a pancake I'd stretch to £180
  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
  4. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
  5. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    I would go for 300 euro, or even better, forget about the DOF scale and go for 250, more or less what the 45mm costs.

    If they bring out a 25 1.8 similar to the 17mm, I would probably spend 550 euro on it. With the 12 and 45mm in my bag, the 17mm is just too close to the 12mm to spend so much.

    If I did not have the 12 mm (or a Panny 14mm) I would probably have bought the 17 at its present price.
  6. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    same price as the 45mm f1.8
  7. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    There's a lot of complaining about Olympus lens pricing, and whilst there are some examples (the old price on the 75-300 being a great example), in general they are actually good value for money. Look at these comparisons (using B&H pricing to make it fair):

    12/2 - $799. Compare Canon 24/1.4 at $1749 or 24/2.8 IS at $849

    17/1.8 - $499. Compare Canon 35/1.4 at $1479 or Sigma 35/1.4 at $899 or Canon 35/2 IS at $849

    45/1.8 - $399. Compare Canon 85/1.8 at $419 or Sigma 85/1.4 at $894

    75/1.8 - $899. Compare Canon 135/2 at $1089

    Even the expensive Panasonic zooms are reasonable compared to their FF equivalents:

    12-35/2.8 - $1298. Compare Canon 24-70/2.8 at $2299 or Tamron 24-70/2.8 at $1299

    35-100/2.8 - $1498. Compare Canon 70-200/2.8 at $2499 or Sigma 70-200/2.8 at $1399

    I've chosen only the 'premium' MFT lenses for comparison and in general, they're cheaper for similar FL/aperture and IQ. MFT is much smaller and lighter of course :smile:

    If we look at the more 'consumer' level - most of the kit tele-zooms for example - then the MFT stuff is closer in price to the APS equivalents.
  8. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    $499 U.S. - I bought one recently. A bit overpriced? Agreed. Perhaps it should be $399. But I still left the store with it. I have a harder time eaching to $799 for the 12mm f/2.0. But I seem to have a personal psychological limit of $500 for micro four-thirds lenses. Which means I may never own any of the high-end lenses for the system. At least not unless and until I ditch my Pentax kit - which I am not prepared to do yet.
  9. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 21, 2012
    $499 because thats what it goes for. Just because you dont like the lens or cant afford it doesnt mean its overpriced. /thread
  10. slappy

    slappy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    Guildford, Surrey, UK
    Try living in the UK. The USD exchange rate is around 1.50, so in theory a USD300 lens should be GBP200. But it seems the GBP price is higher than the USD for lens and body.

    The lens mentioned is GBP440. So USD660!
  11. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    $479.43, no more, no less.:wink: Truthfully, I've been happy with mu43 lens prices. OTOH, I'm used to Pentax and their lenses were often in the same price range.
  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I don't think this lens is that much overpriced, the 12mm on the other hand is. I doubt I will ever get the 17mm because I don't care for this angle of view that much, not wide enough for a wide and too wide for a normal. But if I did like it I would not have a problem getting one when they go on sale or finding a good used one. I never buy brand new unless it is on sale or has a rebate!
  13. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012

    It's very similar in Nikon land. Let's not forget the weight differences too.
  14. radamo

    radamo Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 22, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Paid $499 and my BIG gripe is that Olympus is too cheap to include the hood with their premium lenses. Loving my 17 however.
  15. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
  16. mh2000

    mh2000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    $299 and I'd order one today! :)

    $359 and I'd give a lot of thought and probably order one tomorrow.

    As it stands now, I like my little 17/2.8 so I'm not worrying about it.
  17. luguidomanski

    luguidomanski Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Curitiba, Brazil
    +1. Specially because Olympus brings no m43 lenses to Brazil.
  18. j-devilengrey

    j-devilengrey Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 2, 2013
    With the same price i think that adding that [email protected]€"(; hood and a small pouch would be great. That goes for all the oly lenses. Anyway i've spend 1050 € for my 17,5 0,95 but much more worth my money for my needs.
    My too cents.
  19. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    I'd be more willing to pay $499 if it were black. :thumbup:

    For silver, I might go $399. However, I'm probably going to get the 25mm f/1.4 next (use that focal length more.)
  20. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2013
    I think the price should be about £100 / $100 less than it is. It may well drop to this price after a year of sale.

    The Pana20 is too much competition with the present price.

    I think the problem with the pricing of M43 is simply that it seems to be a system mostly owned by enthusiasts and P&S upgraders who simply don't have/want to spend such serious cash on lenses.
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