The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/2.8 is one of the first lenses specifically designed for micro 4/3 cameras in 2009, in conjunction with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. Its very compact and light-weight design - only 22mm long and weighing only 71g - largely satisfies micro 4/3 users’ desires for a compact and light-weight lens to complement their camera bodies.
For the Olympus and Panasonic line, the 17mm f/2.8 is a relatively bright prime lens that is the focal equivalent of a 35mm. Thus it is more oriented toward landscape photography, but its intermediate focal lengths allow for other kinds of photos as well.
With the expansion of the micro 4/3 lens range, however, is this particular lens still a good choice? DxOMark provides some answers by comparing the 17mm f/2.8’s performance to that of its younger (2011) cousin, the M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0. But before we compare, let’s first take