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Lens review

2009-07-09
 

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8

11. Summary

Pros:
  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Looking at the above list of pros and cons, you can see that the latter are quite a number. I guess it’s inevitable. You just can’t make a lens of these dimensions, these parameters that is free of aberrations. Alright, alright… Let’s say you can. Leica would probably do it, but then we’d have to pay not 300$ but 10 times more. It’s worth to emphasize, here, that the list of pros is impressive too, and has an important position of image quality, which is hard to complain about both at the center, and at the edge of the frame. M. Zuiko 17 mm f/2.8 in combination with E-P1 will perform as planned. It will be a harmonious and handy team, giving DSLR-like image quality in size of a solid compact camera. Nobody who buys this set will complain. Although, to be frank, we hope that the present prices will quickly drop to a much more acceptable level for an ordinary amateur of good photography.

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Sample shots:

Olympus E-P1 + M.Zuiko 17 mm f/2.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary
Parameters: 17 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 4.9 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 4.3 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.3 MB
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.4 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.3 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/100 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.3 MB
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.3 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.2 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.5 MB
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary
Parameters: 17 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.3 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.2 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 4.4 MB
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 - Summary
Parameters: 17 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.0 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.9 MB
Parameters: 17 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 200
File: 4032 x 3024 pix, 5.8 MB


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