New Olympus 17mm f/1.8 officially released! Costs $499 (or 499/549 Euro).

And here it is the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens! This page will be continually updated with new info:

Preorders:
BHphoto for $499 (Click here).

Reviews and Image samples:
Street Shooting Review by Robin Wong. You can download his full size JPEG samples at Mediafire. He says:
- Bokeh is very smooth, creamy and pleasing to look at.
- autofocus performance of the 17mm F1.8 lens, used on the E-PL5, is exceptionally good
- no ghosting, no flare, no distortion and only very low CA.
- the level of fine details captured is very impressive.
Full test by Pekka Potka. Some of his interesting findings:
- Compared to the Panasonic 20mm lens the new 17mm lens shows practically no fringing. The Lumix shows more resolution but has also weaker (micro) contrast.
- Price and quality goes hand in hand. If you feel this is expensive, you will also find this lens being very good.
More image samples at Pen And Tell (German) and Petapixel.
The French website OpenPN posted the official Len MTF chart:

Press release:
Dpreview, ThePhoBlographer, DSLRmagazine (Spanish), Neocamera, Lepidi (French), Photoscala (German), Olympus (Japanese), OpenPN (French), Focus Numerique (French), Quesabesde (Spanish), Imaging Resource, Pixiq, SystemKameraForum (German).

European price: Some website write that the price is 499 Euro and some others write that the price is 499 Euro.

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