Which Olympus 17mm lens?

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I agree that it is better to buy an Oly refurbished lens or camera than a used one, and probably worth a little more money. However, I think you only get a 90 day Oly guarantee , not a "full" one. I bought my E-M10 MarkII a few years ago from Oly as a refurb and seem to remember being concerned aobut the shorter warranty.
 

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I own the Olympus 17/1.8, the P20, and the Sigma 16/1.4.

The pick of the litter for size/performance/price is the 17/1.8. Weighs next to nothing and takes up very little room in my bag. In fact, I keep it in the battery flap of my bag, not in the lens section.

If I need the best IQ wide open - especially night shots - I reach for the Sigma. Not that often, though, because the Sigma is huge compared to the 17/1.8, and the weight difference is quite noticeable.

My P20 doesn't seem quite as sharp in the corners as the 17/1.8 at similar apertures. It's more of a grab-shot lens for me.
 
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Good recommendations regarding other lenses to consider.. but the FoV would be the first thing I consider when looking at a new lens. I do love the P20 for it's rendering but its FoV is quite a bit different vs a 17mm on m43. A 16mm vs 17mm, however, would be comparable enough to look into lens performance IMHO.
 

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I agree that it is better to buy an Oly refurbished lens or camera than a used one, and probably worth a little more money. However, I think you only get a 90 day Oly guarantee , not a "full" one. I bought my E-M10 MarkII a few years ago from Oly as a refurb and seem to remember being concerned aobut the shorter warranty.
I had full 24 month (by law) + 6 additional month after registration at Olympus on my 17/1.8. Probably coutry specific.
 

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the PL15 might be worth considering if you want wider than the 17's but think 12 isn't general purpose enough. its also a great lens optically, probably my favourite.

i actually dont mind the 17/2.8 . its small and has its own look in rendering. sharpness isnt always everything.
I don't mind it either, at all. The 17mm f2.8 is almost like a Lomo lens - it's not sharp but the colors are good and the overall macrocontrast is really nice. Images it makes are what I would call filmic, i.e. they feel like they have some texture, especially in high ISO.
 
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