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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8

I will be reviewing the new Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 in my Guide to Mirrorless. The 17/1.8 is equivalent to a ~34mm lens on a full-frame DSLR.

The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 is available for pre-order at B&H Photo.

Like many Olympus lenses, the 17mm f/1.8 does not appear to include a lens hood. It’s not just the cost, it’s the hassle of finding and obtaining the lens hood with new releases— I wish Olympus would stop this nonsense— can’t a plastic hood be made for about $1? But at this point the Olympus web site doesn’t even list a hood, so perhaps one isn’t even available.

Anyway, I might just shoot it with a filter on the front when on the bike for protection, but I like a lens hood to help keep rain sprinkles off the front element.

Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Specifications for Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8
Aperture scale: f/1.8 - f/22
Filter size: 46mm
Image ratio at close range:            1:12.5
Minimum focus distance 9.84" / 25cm
Number of elements/groups: 9 Elements in 6 Groups, 7 diaphragm blades
Weight: 4.23 oz / 120g (nominal)
Dimensions (with caps): Approx. 2.26 x 1.40" (57.5 x 35.5 mm)
Street price: about $499

The MTF chart looks promising. But looks like it will need to be stopped down for sharpness across the frame.

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens architecture and MTF chart 
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens architecture and MTF chart

 

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