Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 review

The Olympus M.Zuiko17mm f/1.8 is a super-teeny Micro Four Thirds lens with real bite

Olympus PEN-F + Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Available in black or silver, the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 is barely bigger than a pancake lens. Thanks to the 2x crop factor of Micro Four Thirds cameras, it has an entirely natural, slightly wide viewing perspective, similar to a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera. Focusing is elegant both in auto and manual focus modes and it’s super lightweight despite featuring a high-quality metal build. All in all, it’s a great lens for walkabout shooting and for candid street photography.


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    Useful focal length

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    Fast f/1.8 aperture

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    Small, lightweight construction


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    No weather-seals

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    Pricey hood sold separately

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With an effective focal length of 34mm, the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 is almost the same as using a 35mm f/1.8 lens on a full-frame camera, at least in terms of field of view. That’s where the similarity ends, however, as the Olympus is comparatively tiny, measuring just 36mm long and weighing in at a mere 120g.

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 mounted on the Olympus PEN-F. Here, the manual focus clutch is pulled down (Image credit: James Artaius)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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