- For Olympus PEN Cameras
- Compatible w/ Micro Four Thirds Cameras
- Compact Lens Design/Extremely Portable
- Close Focusing Down to 7.87″ (0.2m)
- Superior Performance
- Good for Portraits/Landscapes/Close-ups
The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 from Olympus is a wide-angle pancake lens for Olympus PEN and other cameras using the Micro Four Thirds format. It has a wide angle 17mm focal length (equivalent to 34mm on a 35mm camera) for shooting everything from landscapes and portraits to close-ups with outstanding image quality.
This lens is so compact, only 0.87″ (22mm) long, that with the camera attached you can carry it in a handbag, purse, and even a coat pocket.
- very small, but looking sturdy body,
- excellent image quality at the center of the frame,
- good image quality at the edge of the frame,
- slight astigmatism,
- quiet and accurate autofocus.
- chromatic aberration going from medium to large with stopping down,
- very large distortion,
- coma visible at the maximum aperture,
- working against bright light could be better,
- noticeable vignetting at the maximum aperture.
The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 is a lovely little lens but unfortunately it does disappoint regarding its optical capabilities. You expect a top notch performance from a prime lens but the Zuiko isn’t overly sharp neither at max. aperture nor stopped down – the center quality is perfectly fine but the borders and corners are too soft in general. In principal the lens produces a hefty amount of barrel distortion. However, this problem is auto-corrected by the camera (or by the more popular RAW converters) so this is nothing to worry about from a user perspective. Surprisingly this is not the case with respect to lateral chromatic aberrations (CA) which are fairly extreme with a width of up to 3px at the image borders. The vignetting characteristic is pretty good when stopping down to f/4 and even at max. aperture it’s only visible in critical scenes. A nice aspect of the Zuiko is the quality of the bokeh (the out-of-focus blur) – it’s very smooth and out-of-focus highlights are rendered beautifully. However, all-in-all the lens leaves something to be desired.