Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F/1.8 Lens (Micro Four Thirds)

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Key Features

  • 17mm focal length
  • 34mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • F1.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • 46mm filters
  • 0.25m/9.84" minimum focus
  • Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras

Product Description

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens features the same premium build quality and snap-focus manual focus mode as the company's 12mm f/2.0. The snap-focus mode is engaged by pulling the focus ring on the lens back, which reveals a distance scale and engages end-stops on the focus travel, applies firmer damping and switches the camera to manual focus mode.


Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 17 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular aperture diaphragm
Elements 9
Groups 6
Special elements / coatings 2 Aspherical, HR glass element
Minimum focus 0.25 m (9.84)
Maximum magnification 0.08×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Weight 120 g (0.26 lb)
Diameter 58 mm (2.26)
Length 36 mm (1.4)
Colour Silver, black
Filter thread 46 mm
Tripod collar No


User Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Julian Kirkness, Feb 20, 2013 GMT:
    My new 17mm f1.8 - what do I think?

    IQ wise I had no problem with the Panasonic 20mm but it always felt cheap and looked wrong on my Olympus cameras (now have an E-M5). The 17mm by contrast is a beautiful thing - looks great, feels great and I'm sure the image quality will be great too. Like the 45mm, I think I will end up buying the hood - mainly because it's so small and the hood makes it easier to hold. I haven't used it 'out there' yet but I expect the snap focus facility will be very handy for social and street ...

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  • pdk42, Feb 7, 2013 GMT:
    Has this lens got an undeserved bad rap?

    In my view - yes. Let's look at its good points: - Lovely build quality - Super fast and near-silent focus - Very little fringing, CA or flare - Highly acceptable sharpness across the frame, even wide open - Innovative manual focus ring for hyperfocal setting (esp useful for street photography) On the sharpness front, take a look at this shot. This lightly-cropped shot was taken at night at ISO 1600 (E-PL5) wide open at 1/30 sec: ...

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  • Nko Gonzalvis, Apr 28, 2013 GMT:
    A great lens

    A great lens 17mm f1.8 (35mm equivalente) is a very good lens for me, it's fast, lightweight, beautifully finished, and takes great photographs. I have the 17mm 2.8 but this tops it all, I don't have the Pany 20mm 1.7, but in all the reviews I read said that it was old, very very very slow and ugly finish, so I ended up leaning towards the 17mm f1,8 and am pleasantly surprised. I recommend it. Un gran lente 17mm f1.8 (35mm equivalente) es un muy buen lente para mi, es rápido, liviano, muy ...

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  • glenn capers, May 4, 2013 GMT:
    Don't leave Home Without it

    I was at Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala.  I shot the majority of the street events with this single lens. I shot in Black light situations where the sun was full on against smoke coming out  of the Thuribilis while wearing black robes. ALl the photographers stood on the side where the subject was in direct sun light. This allowed a good but dull Image. The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:18 comes with new glass technology  that can work in  extreme  tough lighting conditions.  The lens is worth its ...

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Questions & Answers


A few questions regarding Olympus M.ZUIKO 17mm f/1.8

Hello, So I just got my first real camera. An Olympus EP-5 and what a lovely camera. It takes great photos and all that stuff, but you already know that. See, I am a newbie, when it comes to photography generally, but I want to learn. In addition to that I have a few questions regarding the lens M.ZUIKO 17mm f/1.8. I am having a hard time figuring out how to do a normal zoom with the camera. It seems like I am only able to press the zoom button where it goes all the way to a 5x zoom where you can then zoom further to 7x, 10x and 14x. When I take photos on 10x for example it doesn't take the photo of what I have zoomed into, but the full frame of how the photo would be without any zoom. What is the point of this? I would like to be able to zoom fx 2x and just generally zoom in and out so I can choose exactly what I want to photograph. I hope you are following what I mean!? Have I missed something or is it really not possible to zoom like any other traditional camera? Do you have any ...


Joen - If you react to this query as I do so hope you will .. you are about to learn what I myself regard .. after some 60 years in photography .. as perhaps the very best bit of advice you are likely to ever get.. the art of MAKING a good photograph.   This does NOT as you; maybe think, depend so much on the camera you have...but a lot more on how you USE both the camera and your own skills in making the camera give you that 'best' finished product. As far as ZOOM is concerned..  this is done and depends totally and wholly by the lens you use with the camera. A true Zoom lens is one that has several glass elements in it and some of those actually can move within the lens and in doing so give you variable focal lengths which when on the camera give you variable sized picture content. The 'zoom' effect is totally produced in the lens by having those moveable elements ..maybe such as 4 or 5 elements of what can be say 7 or 8 elements that make up the lens as a whole The camera ... Continue Reading

ericN2 answered
6 months ago

We have to learn to trust people. Sometimes they do tell the truth, so we respond in kind until evidence emerges of troll behaviour. Regards.... Guy Continue Reading

Guy Parsons answered
6 months ago

To do zoom photography you need a zoom lens, plenty to choose from at http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/lense.html with the regular kit lenses being in the 14-42mm zoom range and 40-150mm range, with a couple of superzoom options that cover 14-150mm or 14-140mm. Most of those zooms are mechanical where a ring on the lens sets the zoom focal length, a few are electronic zoom and can be set from the body, and that depends on the camera body as well. The 17mm lens only provides a 17mm view, about the same as a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera. It does have the advantage of a larger maximum aperture though so is more useful than a zoom in low light situations. The 7x, 10x, 14x zoom (is the Magnify feature) you are seeing is only a live view aid and has nothing to do with the image taken. Usually is used for critical manual focus help. The only camera "zoom" is the 2x DTC (Digital Tele Converter) feature which takes the centre 4MP of the 16MP sensor and interpolates that up to 16MP, ... Continue Reading

Guy Parsons answered
6 months ago


Best M4/3 lens for stealthy, “no DSLRs allowed” professional shots in public places?

The quest being, to photograph (not “picture take”) professional models, entertainers, local celebs, etc., in busy, bustling, public places... This is personally accompanying them, as a service to them, NOT as paparazzi... A “pancake” or small as possible... (For Oly Pens) Fastest focus possible... Full body , semi-action shots, w/ blurred backgrounds... Can’t stand too far away and draw attention, has to be a causally walk around, click and move style... So far I’m tossed up between the Oly 17mm f/1.8 or the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 at half the price... or if anyone can make a suggestion that falls in-between. Already tried the Panny 14mm. It’s too wide, non-corrected in Pens and way too close anyway. (Should I even think about the Oly 17mm f/2.8?)

Joe186 asked
4 months ago


Look at getting a GM1 with an Olympus 25/1.8 The 25/1.8 is much smaller than the 25/1.4, while still being very good optically. I think the AF performance of the Panasonic 20/1.7 would cause some missed shots. You'll get shallower DOF with the Olymmpus 25/1.8 compared to the Olympus 17/1.8. The new Panasonic 15/1.7 is too wide. Continue Reading

ijm5012 answered
4 months ago

Before digital, the way to be stealthy was to have an non-reflective, low-profile a camera as possible. Now, everyone has a camera with an LCD held at arm's length, so simply having a camera will end up getting lost in the sea of cameras-- but the best way to stand out, threateningly, as a photographer, is putting a camera of any kind to your face. The blacker and stealthier and more professional looking it is, the more it'll stand out. Your best bet to be low key nowadays is, regardless of the flashiness or unflashiness of the camera itself, is to avoid using a viewfinder. If you use a camera that only has an LCD, or at the very least handle your camera like it only has an LCD, then your camera will not be perceived as a pro camera to the layman (and that's what they mean when they say "no SLRs"-- no camera that "looks pro", and to the layman even the smallest SLR looks pro). As for lenses, it sounds like you'll be relatively close to the subject. I think something in the 17-25mm ... Continue Reading

Klarno answered
4 months ago

A medium-long, wide lens will give you the best chance of that -- and there just happens to be one that is tiny, the Olympus 45mm f/1.8. But I think the camera body is the more important "does this look like a big professional camera" part; on a Panasonic GF, GX, or GM body, or on an Olympus PM or PL body, the 45mm will look almost like a point-n-shoot. However, if this is "as a service to them", how can you be concerned about whether it looks like a pro camera or not? If you're out in public and doing this in their pay, surely you could be toting some ginormous 35mm full-frame digital and no one would care? C. Continue Reading

carlosvp answered
4 months ago


I Know What I Want. Now. . . What do I Want?

I primarily take photos for a nonprofit whose work focuses on giving direct aid to under-served people in all types of urban environments. After seeing some of the great images you all are taking with some of these modern bodies I'm finally looking to upgrade from my Nikon D50 to the wild and woolly world of The Mirrorless. I'm searching for a camera and lens combo that's flexible enough to be used in challenging light situations that will achieve a quick focus and a minimal 'Snap!' sound so as to not become a distraction to the good work that's happening around me. I like to get close up to my subjects - but sometimes that's not an option, so I'm leaning toward finding an excellent prime lens that can produce cropped images that still look sharp. Would you, gurus of the famed DP Review boards, please come to my aid and drop some wisdom? Or at least some salient opinions? In advance: My thanks. Currently leaning toward: Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 I ...

5 months ago


Nearest camera to fit your 'must haves' is the X100s. It doesn't fit your 'would loves' though. I don't think a camera exists without compromising something (notably 'Small body') Continue Reading

Doss answered
5 months ago

Thanks - the X100s is certainly a fine camera - but I'm definitely looking for something with interchangeable lenses. Continue Reading

GothamOddisee answered
5 months ago

aha - you left that off of your 'must haves' and your 'would loves' ;) Continue Reading

Doss answered
5 months ago

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