Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras

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Weight 2.5 oz (71 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.24 x 0.87" (57 x 22 mm)
Filter Thread 37 mm


Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 65°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.11x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
Focal Length 17mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 34 mm
Diaphragm Blades 5
Elements/Groups 6/4
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
6 April 2010

A 17mm wide angle Micro Four Thirds lens from Olympus

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    Ultra wide-angle view

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    Very high price

19 May 2011

This compact pancake lens sports a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras. The isn't equipped with in lens stabilisation ,which is typical for pancake lenses, but Olympus camera owners will be able to take advantage of their camera's in-body stabilisation...

3 September 2012

Although this lens may have a few shortcoming optically, and it isn't the lowest priced lens around this focal length, it will still win over many fans due to it's extremely compact and lightweight design and high build quality.

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    Very good sharpness overall, Good build quality, Lightweight, Compact, Reasonably priced

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    High levels of barrel distortion, High levels of CA

Photozone de.34752480
23 October 2010

The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 is a lovely little lens but unfortunately it does disappoint regarding its optical capabilities. You expect a top notch performance from a prime lens but the Zuiko isn't perfectly sharp neither at max.

User Reviews
21 October 2015

Eh. Maybe it's just the format , but this lens is not exciting. I can get some sharp pics but I can get the same quality from my iPhone. It's hard to get any decent shallow depth of field either. Best feature is that it's small and makes your m4/3 camera close to the size of a P&S.

Olympus america.32833372
4 September 2015

i love this lens for the fact that its 17mm and I have used it in the city and shot some sunsets with it. I prefer the 1.8 but this is a really decent lens fo the price you pay for it. Its small pancake look streamlines the camera a little bit and make it more portable which is a plus.

22 August 2014

This lens arrived without delay. I was pleased with the price. This lens will be a Big Value in my photo shoots. Thank you.

Shopping com.33655990
18 December 2011

Utterably forgettable in almost every way, yet a pancake lens that does nothing wrong. Not recommended at retail price, but something worth purchasing in the second hand market.

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    Pancake design, can be aquired cheaply in second hand markets.

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    Forgettable image quality, nothing compelling about it.

Photography review.34752477
21 June 2010

I have never really shoot a lot of primes except on my M6. I never saw the point as sharp and fast as zooms are now a days. But I was pleasently suprised at how quick I feel in love with this lens. 17mm or 34mm equvilent seems to be the perfect focal lenght for me.

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    Small, fast, sharp, contrsty

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    None what so ever

Olympus america.32833372
14 July 2015

One of my favorite lenses because of the sharpness and size. Love it on PL/7, PM2, and PM1 to carry in a jacket pocket. 34mm a great general purpose focal length. I find f/2.8 very bright for these cameras for daylight shooting and some night work.

Olympus america.32833372
19 May 2015

I got this lens with my E-PL3, and it is fantastic for landscapes. The f 2.8 is obviously slower than the much more expensive 17mm f 1.8, but for landscapes you don't shoot at f 1.8 at all-- you use higher f-stops of course!

Olympus america.32833372
6 April 2015

I use this along with an OMD EM5 as my travel kit. Because the lens is so small I find the camera and lens combo fits in my jacket pocket, and even barely squeezes into my cargo shorts. It's convenient to go without a bag when traveling.

Olympus america.32833372
25 March 2015

Bought this lens a few years ago and it stays on my camera all the time! Really like how sharp it is, and how quickly it focuses. It also gives a surprising bokeh for a 2.8 lens!

Olympus america.32833372
25 March 2015

I travel a lot and having this lens in my em5 camera is the sweetest thing its compact and taking a very nice and sharp images i use this lens a lot on street photograpy, having this on my camera doesnt get a lot of attention with the people my camera looks like normal camera not like dslr that...

Product Highlights
  • For Olympus PEN Cameras
  • Compatible w/ Micro Four Thirds Cameras
  • Compact Lens Design/Extremely Portable
  • Close Focusing Down to 7.87" (0.2m)
  • Superior Performance
  • Good for Portraits/Landscapes/Close-ups
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In The Box
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Format Cameras
  • Lens Cap (LC-37)
  • Rear Lens Cap (LR-2)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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