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The micro four-thirds Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/2.8, is the slimmest in Olympus' series of pankcake prime lenses.

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Pros

equivalent to 34mm

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compact and lightweight - easy to carry around, looks good on your camera

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professional, large maximum aperture of F/2.8 - allows for good performance in low light, good isolation of subjects

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little light falloff (vignetting) - completely gone stopped down to F/4

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Cons

lacks image stabilization

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no distance / DOF scales

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horrible barrel distortion (automatically corrected by most micro four thirds cameras)

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comes without a hood, and no official hood option is available - susceptible to flare

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The micro four-thirds Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8, is the slimmest in Olympus' series of pankcake prime lenses.  With a convenient focal length of 34mm on a 35mm camera the lense captures wide angle to close range shots. They are available for micro-four-thirds system cameras.  The lens is sold separately or as part of camera kit with the Olympus E-P1.  The wide-angle pancake lens is designed for shoooting landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and close up pictures up to .02mm.  Its overall length is 22.5mm making it a slim and compact design. Even when mounted the lens is suitable for commuting. The lens maximizes a camera’s performance and creates clear, high quality images.  

The micro four-thirds system, unlike the four-thirds is designed for digital, whereas four-thirds is DSLR.  Micro four-thirds do not have a space for a mirror or pantaprism.  This allows allows for smaller design and a shorter flange range.  An MFT lenslike the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 has a smaller sensor, resulting in a broader depth of field.  This allows better control over blur and is ideal for landscape shots. 

Features
  • Focal length of 17mm (35mm equivalent focal length 34mm)
  • Lens constructions 4 groups/6 elements with Aspherical lens
  • 0.2m (7.87 inch) Close focus distance 
  • Small and light
  • Shorter flange range
  • 65 Degree angle view
  • 118.2 X 158.3mm field size
  • 0.11X Maximum image magnification
  • 5 Blades (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
  • 71g (2.5oz) 
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