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Old 24th December 2014
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

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What about the 20mm 1.7 panasonic? Available at a lower price than the 17 1.8 but still has the low aperture... I only ask as I am also considering the options.
Wow, I can't believe it took 26 posts for this option to surface as a competitor! Big thumbs up from me for the Panasonic, it's never off one of my bodies (usually on the gf3 pocket rocket) and hits the wider-than-60mm, sharp, low-light, lightweight buttons perfectly. Mk1 is great and around half the price of the Olympus if you buy secondhand.

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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

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Wow, I can't believe it took 26 posts for this option to surface as a competitor! Big thumbs up from me for the Panasonic, it's never off one of my bodies (usually on the gf3 pocket rocket) and hits the wider-than-60mm, sharp, low-light, lightweight buttons perfectly. Mk1 is great and around half the price of the Olympus if you buy secondhand.

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I think it got a mention in post #20
Never the less you are right it is a very nice lens, I had the Mark 1 for a while and liked it alot.

However on balance I prefer my 17, mainly for the FOV.
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

I have the pana 14 and 20 and the Olympus 17, 25 and 45.

The 17 is not as sharp as either the 20, 25, or 45..............in fact wide open it is noticeably soft out from the centre..........however the 17 is on the front of my EM1 75% of the time. Why?

Well there is just something about how the lens draws your eye into the photo, maybe it is the focal length, but somehow things just look right. Build quality is lovely also, it seems made for the EM1.

If you bought the 17mm I doubt you would be disappointed.
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

Decisions......I have been following this post because the Oly 17mm has interested me for some time now for my E620 but have baulked at the cost. Now somebody throws the Panasonic into the mix, cheaper and with good reviews. I am going to South Africa in the spring and I want something to capture the scenery and wildlife but also something to generally carry around for street shots etc. Somebody has to make the decision for me I think.
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

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Decisions......I have been following this post because the Oly 17mm has interested me for some time now for my E620 but have baulked at the cost. Now somebody throws the Panasonic into the mix, cheaper and with good reviews. I am going to South Africa in the spring and I want something to capture the scenery and wildlife but also something to generally carry around for street shots etc. Somebody has to make the decision for me I think.
The 17mm being discussed is the Micro Four Thirds lens for the Pen/OM-D series mirrorless cameras. This lens wil not fit your E-620 which is a Four Thirds camera.

See this site for camera/lens compatibility. http://www.four-thirds.org/en/index.html
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

Thank you Peter. Decision is made for me!
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

Bob if you want a 4/3s lens what about the 11-22mm f2.8 from Olympus. Superb lens pretty cheap second hand too.
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

Or you could e-mail Olympus and ask when the fast wide prime scheduled for release in 2005 is going to be available.
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Re: Is the 17mm f1.8 a good buy?

Thank you Phil and Dave. Some more options to feed my dilemma, but I will have a look around now that I know it won't be a 17mm f1:8....
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