OM SYSTEM M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)

Model: V311050SU000

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Weight 4.23 oz (120 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.26 x 1.40" (57.5 x 35.5 mm)
Filter Thread Front:46 mm


Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 65°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.08x
Focal Length 17mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 34 mm
Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 9/6
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
3 April 2013

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 is a fast wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. It's extremely sharp, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

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    Very sharp. Fast aperture. Compact. Manual focus clutch system. Virtually no barrel distortion.

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    Hood not included. Not weather sealed.

Imaging resource.34355410
20 March 2013

As you can see above, there's no shortage of alternatives in this category - in the world of micro four-thirds, the manufacturers are all looking for that walk-around lens that the photographer will keep on their camera.

8 June 2015

A lens that puts manual focusing a snap away

22 March 2013

This premium compact wide angle lens sports a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture and is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras. The lens provides a field of view roughly equivalent to a 34mm lens used on a 35mm camera and costs around £440.

Photozone de.34752480
30 March 2013

The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 may not be a stellar performer but it is certainly an interesting lens considering its strengths. High speed wide-angle lenses tend to suffer from poor corners at large apertures but the Olympus lens actually does a decent job here.

28 February 2013

Even though this lens may carry a premium price, and a premium place in Olympus' lens line-up, this optic certainly deserves it. £440 for a lens that delivers sharpness like this is excellent value and it should find a home in many a Micro-Four Thirds camera owner's kit bag as a result.

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    Very, very sharp, Excellent build, Compact, Lightweight, Good value for money

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    Not weather sealed, No hood supplied as standard

28 February 2013

This lens is the latest addition to the Olympus range of premium prime lenses for the micro four thirds system cameras. It can be used on either Olympus or Panasonic cameras. The new lens is not to be confused with an older 17mm f2.8 unit. The new optic is faster, sharper and has quicker auto-focus.

22 January 2013

The new M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens isn't the first 17mm lens Olympus has produced for its PEN and OM-D cameras. But it's the fastest and one of the fastest in the Olympus stable. The other lens is a pancake-type lens that's only 22mm long but has a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Techradar uk.32817471
15 December 2012

This is where you see the advantage of Olympus's Micro Four Thirds format. This 35mm equivalent f/1.8 lens is a fraction of the size of a DSLR equivalent. Its optical performance is first rate too.

Lenstip com.34355424
20 November 2012

This lens is not exactly a successful construction and it should have been thought out better – I write it without scruple. I could even call it ill-considered. Why? Because it repeats some features you can already find in the Micro 4/3 system.

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    small, very handy and solid casing,, decent image quality in the frame centre,, slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,, moderate coma,, good work against bright light,, efficient and accurate autofocus.

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    very high distortion,, significant vignetting,, huge astigmatism, visible up to f/5.6 aperture,, modest accessory kit.

User Reviews
19 January 2017

Purchased this for when I want to reduce weight and for the faster stop than the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro Lens that I would normally use in this range. It is solidly built and optically it is excellent. Wide open it is sharp in the centre, very sharp by f4 from side to side.

7 November 2016

I was using the Panasonic LUMIX 40mm f1.7 before trading up to the Olympus 17mm f1.8 after seeing a video on the focusing speed of both. Both lenses were aimed at near/far objects. The Olympus 17mm was more than twice as fast compared to the 40mm.

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    Small, lightweight, all metalDOF scale for manual focusSharp, beautiful Olympus JPEGs

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    No lens hood.

25 November 2015

I own this in addition to my Olympus 12-40mm 2.8 and an E-M10. Despite the overlapping focal length, the 12-40, despite being my favorite lens for its versatility, is very bulky. For those lazy days when you're not sure if you need a camera or not, I reach for the 17mm 1.8.

28 December 2013

This lens is a real gem: - Lens construction is first class with it's full metal body. You have to see it in real to really appreciate it. - 34 mm FOV with f1.8 is the best all-around performer I can imagine for the micro 4/3.

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    Absolutely beautiful and sturdy construction, 34mm FOV with f1.8

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    Lenshood not included and it's pricey

2 weeks ago

Just bought this lens last week and I've taken a few candid shots of my son mostly in manual with my E-M10 Mark II. I was able to take clear, crisp shots while he played outside in the yard.

Product Highlights
  • 34mm Equivalent in 35mm Format
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) AF
  • Snapshot Manual Focus Control Ring
  • Distance and DOF Indicators
  • Dual Super Aspherical Element
  • High Refractive Index Element
  • Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating
  • For OM-D and PEN System Cameras
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In The Box
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)
  • LC-46 Lens Cap for Select M.Zuiko Lenses
  • 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap For E-P1 Lenses
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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