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...

Imaging resource.34355410
13 July 2009

Optically, the lens performs well, though not exceptionally: it's reasonably sharp wide open, though best used at Æ’/4, and chromatic aberration is higher than we'd like. Distortion and corner shading are very reasonable.

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
7 July 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.

Lenstip com.34355424
9 July 2009

Looking at the above list of pros and cons, you can see that the latter are quite a number. I guess it’s inevitable. You just can’t make a lens of these dimensions, these parameters that is free of aberrations. Alright, alright… Let’s say you can.

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    very small, but looking sturdy body,, excellent image quality at the center of the frame,, good image quality at the edge of the frame,, slight astigmatism,, quiet and accurate autofocus.

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    chromatic aberration going from medium to large with stopping down,, very large distortion,, coma visible at the maximum aperture,, working against bright light could be better,, noticeable vignetting at the maximum aperture.

User Reviews
4 May 2017

I absolutely love this lens. I am a beginner when it comes to photography but this has been such a versatile purchase. It's amazing for casual shooting and the quality is amazing it almost all types of light.

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.

Imaging resource.34355410
30 December 2012

Don't know for whom is it good for. Not very sharp, not fast. Not my lens. At last, to pricey for the construction.

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    AF; f:2,8; cheap plastics, no hood

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

14 February 2017

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    Turns my Olympus into an excellent portable for everyday photography

4 February 2017

This is a tiny lens, it is very light and at f2.8 is quite bright. The focus is slow and can hunt but once locked on works as it should. The 12-32mm kit lens focussed faster so I sent this back.

5 January 2017

Love this lens...compact and lightweight.

27 December 2016

Great lens - nice and compact and very sharp images.

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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