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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Old 22nd February 2019
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Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

I got a look at the Oly 17mm f1.8 recently and thought what a 'little gem' of a lens it was.

I was surprised when I saw it's price however....£339.

An Oly 60mm Macro can be had for the same money...£339, and for that you get the focus limiter.
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Re: Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

You can find used ones for less than £250 Dave. That's the best way to go.
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Re: Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

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You can find used ones for less than £250 Dave. That's the best way to go.
Thanks Paul, I'm not looking to buy one.

It was more of a comment on the cost and merits of each relative to the another.

Should the 17mm be priced the same the 60mm.

The 60mm is a complicated lens, I would think, the 17mm far less so.
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Re: Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

Yes I agree, especially as the 17 isnít weather sealed and isnít really one of Olympusí sharpest at the corners at full aperture.
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Re: Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

I agree also, even though I do have a 17mm f/1.8. It is not a great lens and relies heavily on software corrections, to remove severe barrel distortion. I bought mine for taking indoor shots of my grand-children, where the fast aperture is essential to 'stop' their incessant movement!

It is far better, mechanically, than the 17mm f/2.8, which also has plenty of barrel distortion (before software correction). I could never understand what was so difficult about making a well-corrected lens of such modest specification!
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Re: Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

There is always the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 as an alternative. One thing the Olympus has that probably inflates the price is "real" manual focusing rather than fly-by-wire.
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Re: Oly 17mm f1.8...'little gem'

Personally, I think the 17/1.8 is a decent enough lens. My current copy (second) is ok wide open and pretty sharp by f4. OTOH, I remember comparing it to the Sony 35/2.8 and the Sony was notably better.
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