Thursday, November 15, 2012

Just Announced: Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Lens for Micro Four Thirds




Olympus Announces the 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount



For Micro Four Thirds shooters, Olympus today announced the release of its latest prime lens, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8, which will ship in December and is available for pre-order here.  With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 34mm on Micro Four Thirds digital cameras such as the new Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2, the lens is amazingly compact at just 1.4 inches long.  This fast wide angle lens will be perfect for all-around street shooting and portraits, landscapes and low-light photography.

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Micro Four Thirds Lens

The 17mm f/1.8’s classic all-metal body style looks beautiful, and the lens is packed with nine lens elements in six groups—including three aspherical lens elements to correct aberrations and to deliver very sharp images.  The lens utilizes Olympus’ Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system for quick focusing for still photography and smooth, silent movement for video.  The lens also features the same snap-focus manual focus mechanism found in the company’s 12mm f/2.0 lens, which allows for manual pan focusing with a distance indicator found on the lens barrel.

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Micro Four Thirds Lens.
Sample image from Olympus.  Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Micro Four Thirds Lens.
With a minimum focusing distance of just 9.8 inches (25cm), the lens truly opens up numerous creative possibilities.  The wide maximum aperture of f/1.8 is also very fast, making this a great lens for capturing low light photos or for controlling a wide range of depth of field.

The lens will ship in December for $499.99.

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Micro Four Thirds Lens.
Sample image from Olympus.  Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Micro Four Thirds Lens.

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