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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17 mm f/1.2 PRO

29 January 2019
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary


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Pros

  • solid, metal, sealed casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame and up from the maximum relative aperture,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • smaller level of vignetting than that of its direct rivals,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • silent, fast, and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • significant distortion level on RAW files,
  • performance against bright light should have been better.
After a slight misfire with the PRO 1.2/25 model which price, compared to its possibilities, was definitely too high, the continuation of PRO f/1.2 lenses series can be called completely successful. Both models announced in 2017, the M. Zuiko PRO 1.2/17 and the 1.2/45, proved to be optically excellent and both were able to break resolution records. Perhaps they aren’t completely free of any faults and you can’t call them cheap either but the number of their assets and their performance are truly impressive. As a result, the Micro 4/3 system finally got fast, fixed focal length lenses that are able to profit from the advantages connected to the size of the detector they are designed for.