Olympus has announced the December release of its new M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens for OM-D and PEN cameras.
Providing a focal length equivalent to 34mm in 35mm format, the new lens is designed for a wide range of applications including photojournalism, street photography and travel photography. Its fast maximum aperture of f1.8 makes it ideal for low-light shooting and the Olympus MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) AF system provides fast but silent autofocusing for both stills and video. Its special manual focus clutch mechanism makes switching between autofocus and manual focus straightforward.
The optical design of the lens uses nine elements in six groups, with two aspherical and one ultra-high precision Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) lens element for outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness. A single high-refractive index element ensures accurate correction of spherical aberrations. Sharpness and bokeh are well balanced and ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical) multi-coating is applied to lens surfaces to ensure optimal contrast and flare resistance.
The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 has a metal lens barrel with a premium finish. A depth of field scale is engraved into the focus ring and lens barrel to provide rapid hyperfocal snapshot focusing capabilities. An all-metal knurled focusing ring and lens barrel gives this compact lens a premium finish. The new lens is available in silver from December. Local RRP was not supplied but it being offered on US online websites for US$499.