Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Sample Images

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO Sample Images - Taken with Olympus OM-D EM-5

The following sample images were taken with a production version of the not-yet-released Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO lens.  I only had it in my hands for a few minutes on Monday and mounted it on an Olympus OM-D EM-5.

What a fantastic lens!  Technically it's great:  autofocus is very quick, the 34mm (35mm equivalent) range is great for street shooting (and, in my opinion, is even fine for certain portrait shots), and it is super-solidly built. The all-metal build focuses smoothly, and the Snapshot Focus mechanism allows users to take spontaneous images by setting the focusing point based on a specific distance.

Most importantly, the resulting images are very sharp even wide open, with little apparent aberration.  The large aperture allows for excellent Depth of Field blur, and the bokeh is quite beautiful.

Olympus gave us an ETA of December 15, and we are taking pre-orders now!

Below are several sample images. Please note that due to the limited time I had with the lens, I rushed through many of these shots, shooting most of them wide open at f/1.8, moving too quickly in some cases to lower the ISO. Grain at 800 ISO is therefore user error, my apologies. That said, I'm really impressed and looking forward to getting one!

Olympus 17mm f1.8 M.ZUIKO Sample Image
Fantastic detail and gorgeous colors.  Olympus 17mm f1.8 M.ZUIKO on the Olympus OM-D EM-5, 1/100 sec. at f/1.8, ISO 800.
Despite the 34mm focal distance (35mm equivalent), great for street portraits in my opinion, particularly with the shallow depth of field and great bokeh.  Olympus 17mm f1.8 M.ZUIKO on the Olympus OM-D EM-5, 1/100 sec. at f/2.0, ISO 2000, EV +1/3.

The benefit of using it on the OM-D EM-5:  relatively sharp handheld shots at 1/10 of a second!  Olympus 17mm f1.8 M.ZUIKO on the Olympus OM-D EM-5, 1/10 sec. at f/4.5, ISO 400, cropped 50%.
Shot wide open at f/1.8 with two men walking towards me, so not expecting them to be tack sharp, or even in focus--but they almost are thanks to the quick focusing of the lens and the OM-D EM-5. I liked the glow coming off the hot dog stand. Cropped approximately 30%.  1/160 sec. at f/1.8, ISO 800.
Of course this lens is absolutely perfect for street shooting.  Olympus 17mm f1.8 M.ZUIKO on the Olympus OM-D EM-5, 1/100 sec. at f/1.8, ISO 2000.

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