M.Zuiko 17mm F/2.8 - Olympus Micro Four-Thirds Lens Roundup
M.Zuiko 17mm F/2.8
The M.Zuiko 17mm F/2.8 lens is a light prime lens that provides a 34mm equivalent angle-of-view. This is an extremely popular focal-length that offers a slightly wide perspective. This focal-length is among the most popular for journalistic photography since it allows to interact with your subjects while getting some general shots of them.
Build quality of the 17mm F/2.8 is good with a metal lens mount. It has a buttery-soft focus-ring. When the camera powers on, the 17mm lens extends about 3 millimeters outwards. It extends just a bit further for close focusing. Like the 14-42mm lens, this one has a small 37mm thread as well.
Center sharpness is excellent from wide-open at F/2.8 all the way to the diffraction limit at F/13. Significant corner softness is visible until F/4, meaning that his lens wont get a lot of use wide-open without cropping. At F/4.5 corners are still soft but better only becoming moderately sharp at F/6.7. The is a minimal amount of uneven distortion. Vignetting can be seen at F/2.8, drops at F/4 and diminishes a little more at F/5.6. It always remains visible but not extremely so.
Overall the performance of this lens is moderately good. Considering the whole frame, there is little point to this lens other than size since the 14-42mm performs well at the same focal-length when wide open and that the 17mm must be stopped down to F/4.5 to avoid problematic corners. With a little cropping or for subjects where the corners would fall outside the depth-of-field, this lens is a good choice.
What is shown below are 5 crops taken from a photograph, repeatedly captured for each combination of focal-length and aperture. The smaller pieces are cropped from the extreme corners of the image, while the middle wide crop comes from the center of the image. Select an aperture in a row for a desired focal-length to see the crops from the corresponding image. When judging quality, keep in mind that these crops come from a 12 MP image which is normally used to print an image up to 16x12". On a computer display, these may appear much larger which magnifies image defects.
M.Zuiko 17mm F/2.8 Sharpness
Neocamera Blog is a medium for expressing ideas related to digital cameras and photography. Read about digital cameras in the context of technology, media, art and the world. Latest posts links:
10 Gifts Photographers Will Love
The 2019 gift guide for photographers showcases photography gear that amateur and enthusiasts will enjoy. It is divided into 3 price categories to suit different budgets from $50 to $200 USD.
Sony Alpha A7R IV In-Depth Review
The newest Sony high-resolution mirrorless packs a 61 MP Full-Frame BSI-CMOS sensor on 5-axis Sensor-Shift system. It shoots at 10 FPS, records 4K Ultra-HD video and focuses with a new 567-Point and 425-Area Hybrid AF system with Realtime tracking. This professional-grade camera features a 5.8 MP 0.5" EVF with 0.78X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor plus triple control-dials in a weatherproof body. This review shows exactly how the A7R IV performs and compares to top Full-Frame and Medium-Format digital cameras.
Olympus OM-D E-M1X Review
Professional Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless sporting an ultra-high speed 20 MP sensor with 121-Point Phase-Detect AF on a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 7-stops. 60 FPS drive with blackout free view on a huge 0.83X magnification 2.4 MP 0.5" EVF. Even a builtin GPS in a dual-grip double dual-control-dial IPX1-rated weatherproof and freezeproof body.
Nikon D3500 Review
The lightest DSLR packs a 24 MP APS-C sensor with ISO 100-25600 sensitivity-range, 5 FPS drive and Full HD video capture. Basic features with simple ergonomics.
Time-Lapse Photography for Beginners
Learn how to get started with time-lapse photography in 4 easy steps.
Fujifilm X-T30 Review
The newest 26 MP 4th-Generation X-Trans CMOS sensor and X-Process 4 from the flagship X-T3 in more compact body. ISO 80-51200, 1/32000-30s, 20 FPS Continuous drive, Cinema 4K video. Dual control-dials and 2.4 MP EVF with Eye-Start Sensor.
Nikon Z6 Review
Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless with 24 MP and 5-Axis Built-In Image-Stabilization effective to 5-Stops. ISO 100-202400. 12 FPS Continuous Drive. 3.7 MP 0.5" EVF with 0.8X Magnification and 100% Coverage. 4K Ultra-HD video.
Fujifilm GFX 50R Review
Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera based on 50 MP 0.8X-Crop CMOS sensor without Anti-Alias Filter. ISO 50-102400, 1/16000s-60m Shutter-Speeds, 3 FPS and Full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS. Large 0.5" EVF with 3.7 MP, 100% coverage, 0.77X magnification and an Eye-Start Sensor. Dual control-dials in a weatherproof and freezeproof body.
Fujifilm X-T3 Review
State of the art 26 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor with 2.1M Phase-Detect pixels, 20 FPS Full-Resolution Continuous Drive, Cinema 4K & Ultra-HD 4K video at 60 FPS. Built-in 0.5" EVF 3.7MP, 100% Coverage, 0.75X magnification and Eye-Start Sensor. Dual control-dials plus dedicated dias in weatherproof and freezeproof body.
Think Tank Photo Story Teller 10 Review
Review of the Think Thank Photo Story Teller 10 photography shoulder bag.