Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Pancake - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images

Here're a few sample images taken with the GF-1 and RAW-converted via Photoshop.

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s

Verdict

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. aperture nor stopped down - the center quality is perfectly fine but the borders and corners are a bit too soft in general. In principal the lens produces a hefty amount of barrel distortion. However, this problem is auto-corrected by the camera (or by the more popular RAW converters) so this is nothing to worry about from a user perspective. Surprisingly this is not the case with respect to lateral chromatic aberrations (CA) which are fairly extreme with a width of up to 3px at the image borders. The vignetting characteristic is pretty good when stopping down to f/4 and even at max. aperture it's only visible in critical scenes. A nice aspect of the Zuiko is the quality of the bokeh (the out-of-focus blur) - it's very smooth and out-of-focus highlights are rendered beautifully. However, all-in-all the lens leaves something to be desired.

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