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|
|Aperture scale:||f/1.8 - f/22|
|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.