The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 provides Micro 4/3 users with the classic 35mm focal length. Key features include:
Excellent for street, landscape, and portrait photography
Great for low-light shooting
Fast, nearly silent autofocus system
Improved build quality
Wide & Fast. Being equivalent to the classic 35mm focal length, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 is perfect for street, landscape, and portrait photography. This lens’s f/1.8 aperture means its subject isolation is great and its background blur is smooth. It’s excellent for low-light shooting, with high contrast and corner-to-corner sharpness even at its widest aperture.
Movie-Stills-Compatible. The MSC autofocus system boasts fast, silent performance when shooting stills and video. If you need manual focus, the 17mm f/1.8 features the Snapshot focus mechanism that’s seen in the wider Olympus 12mm f/2, allowing precision manual focus on the fly. When you set this lens to manual focus, it reveals distance and depth-of-field scales for hyperfocal distance focusing.
High Quality Build & Optics. The 17mm f/1.8 features a metal barrel construction that houses the six-group/nine-element optics. It uses three total aspherical elements to achieve its high image quality, with one high-refractive index element to correct for spherical aberrations. It also has an optical coating to minimize ghosting and lens flare. With its compact size and popular focal length, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 serves as a great everyday, walk-around lens.