We’re back with the second installment in the mZuiko prime time series of write ups. This time we narrow our field of view just a bit by taking a look at and through the Olympus mZuiko 17mm f1.8. Like in my previous article, I’ll discuss what I like, don’t like, and LOVE about this lens so let’s get started.
Everywhere I go it goes.
The 17mm f1.8 has become the default lens on my OM-D now. The field of view is wide enough to use for everything from portraits to still life shots. For those whose roots are in film photography you will enjoy the roughly 35mm normal focal length this lens provides. This lens has been the primary piece of glass for my 52 breakfasts project this year based solely on the perspective it provides. Like the mZuiko 12mm from my previous article, the 17mm f1.8 has that same focus selector ring allowing the photographer to go from full auto focus to manual in no time.
Up Close and Personal
I feel like I should mention that another use for this lens, although maybe a little unconventional to some, is shooting portraits. Given the focal length here you will have to be comfortable getting close to your subject. Or maybe I should say your subject will have to be comfortable with YOU getting close to them.
The mZuiko 17mm f1.8 is the ideal walk around prime. Its compact design allows your mirrorless camera to keep a narrow profile and at the same time does not sacrifice quality. Very sharp wide open from edge to edge, and ridiculously sharp at f/5.6 this lens as stated above is my “go to” lens for daily excursions. It can even work as a portrait lens, although the focal length will require you to be comfortable getting close to your subject, or rather them being comfortable with you!
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