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Lenstip trashes the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens!


Image courtesy: Robin Wong.

Lenstip is the first website to post a full review of the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. And that sentence kills the lens completely: “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.

Of course this is just on opinion. You can read different reviews at Ming Thein, Robin Wong and Pekka Potka. But one thing they have in common. No One is really super excited about the lens.

The new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens can now be preordered at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon DE.

  • anon

    From the lenstip article: “At the maximum relative aperture the brightness loss in the frame corners reaches 49% (-1.97 EV)”

    What kind of arithmetics is this? Isn’t 1EV is power of 2, i.e. -49% is about -0.97EV, not -1.97EV?

  • Matt

    “No One is really super excited about the lens”? I didn’t get that impression at all from the other three reviews…they seemed rather positive, actually…

  • Nick

    Well, I definitively not exited about it. The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 is a failure. Olympus has made some excellent optics, but it missed the target here. And what are they thinking asking so much money for this lens?!

  • Morgan

    I love the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, because of it’s excellent image quality. I wonder why Olympus couldn’t pull it off with the 17mm f/1.8. Images are soft and there’s a huge amount of vignetting going on. Too bad, but if Santa brings me this little failure, he can shoot it straight back to the North Pole.

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