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Olympus 17mm 1:1.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens Announced

Olympus have launched a new super bright high performance fixed focal length lens.

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Olympus has launched a new fixed focal length lens.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 35mm equivalent lens from Olympus makes taking high quality photos a snap. Besides the extremely bright 1:1.8 aperture, this premium Micro Four Thirds-compliant wide-angle lens also impresses due to its unique mechanisms for Snapshot Focusing and Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocusing as well as a special ZERO lens coating for high quality results. It will be available from December 2012, at a price of £449.99.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 lens possesses outstanding image quality in a lightweight and extremely compact form. Its ultra-bright 1:1.8 large aperture not only facilitates the ability to capture shots with eye-catching depth of field blur, it also enables tripod-free shooting in low light conditions – further accentuated by the in-body image stabilisation of the latest Olympus Micro Four Thirds System cameras.

To let users seize the moment and take spontaneous blur-free shots more easily, the new lens features a clever Snapshot Focus mechanism – as in the acclaimed M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 lens that boasts an equally premium build quality. The focusing point is moved to a specific distance by simply sliding the focus ring towards you. Rotating the ring changes the focal distance within the range shown on the lens cylinder, which also features a depth of field scale.

Users additionally benefit from fast and extremely quiet autofocusing thanks to the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism. Lens flare and ghosting as well as other annoying artefacts have all but been done away too, due to lens surfaces being treated with the special Olympus ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating.

Optionally available are the stylish, high quality metal lens hood (LH-48B ) and lens cap with an engraved Olympus PEN logo. Furthermore it is compatible with the optional Olympus VF-1 optical viewfinder, which delivers excellent clarity and visibility for professional framing, rounds out this exceptional new Micro Four Thirds lens highlight.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 lens will be available in store and online from December 2012 at a recommended price of £449.99

For more information, visit the Olympus website.

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Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
15 Nov 2012 8:22PM
Since the introduction of the 12 and 45mm I`d been saying the 17mm needed upgrading and now its here, lovely Smile

THis should be a first rate street lens with it dof scale.

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User_Removed 15 17.9k 8 Norway
15 Nov 2012 10:39PM
... but still a 'tad' too long IMHO Paul. For me 14mm - would be 'right on the money'.

(But I am tempted!!)

Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
16 Nov 2012 2:02AM
Pany do a lovely little 14mm pancake Mike Smile
16 Nov 2012 8:49PM
Is it me, or does the M43 system lend itself to some small fast primes rather than bulky zooms?
Like the Sony NEX system with tiny cameras having a big lens on the front defeats the object somewhat.
It is fortunate that Olympus have found their mojo again with some tasty lenses. Now who would turn down either a Panasonic or Olympus body with the following primes (olympus) 12mm, 17mm, 45mm and 75mm along with the Pano 14, 20, 25 and 45 macro. Six tiny lenses that cover most things.

Keep it up Olympus, you are making us drool........Grin

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