Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens review:high speed and high image quality?

By Kevin Carter - Monday July 08 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 vs competition | Conclusion

In some respects, the new image quality of the M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 is not up to scratch, as not only does it have quite high levels of chromatic aberration and distortion but it also fails to impress in outright resolution and acutance. On the plus side, sharpness is much more consistent across the field than the existing 17mm f/2.8 model and if it had used ED glass in the construction it would have been considerably more expensive than the $500 retailers are asking for it. Considering the build, fast maximum aperture and overall imaging characteristics, the 17mm f/1.8 remains an attractive option for the enthusiast.