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17mm

Editor’s Note: Available for Pre-Order from B&H Photo

Olympus is really starting to round out their collection of high quality of primes and today they are announcing the pricing and availability of the 17mm f1.8 lens. The lens is going to retail for $499 and be available in December. The 17mm lens is just 1.4 inches tall and has the same looks as the 45mm and 75mm in which all of them compliment the classic looks of the OM-D. It’s almost a pancake, but not really.

What’s so special about this lens? Well, it sports a metal body with the snapfocus feature found on the 12mm f2 previously reviewed.. For clarification, this allows the user to pull the focusing ring back for manual focus with the use if a distance scale. The lens also has 9 elements in six groups, Dual Super Aspherical element to correct aberrations, as well as a High Refractive index lens to correct high spherical aberrations. Olympus’ exclusive ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coatings are applied to the elements to reduce lens flare and ghost images even when shooting into the light.

For a complete specs and details on the new Snapshot Focus mechanism please visit the Olympus website here.

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Just as Sony announced a few lenses for E-mount to even it out a bit with Micro 4/3rds Olympus comes out with four new lenses. The Olympus OM-D  has been very popular amongst our staff and we even had one staffer sell it all for it. The new lenses include a black version of their 12mm f2, 17mm f1.8, 60mm f2.8 MC and the odd but awesome 15mm f8 ultra-pancake. [click to continue…]

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As a proud owner of the Olympus EP-2 (E-P2, or EP2) and after having the Olympus EP-3 (also called the Olympus Pen, EP3, and E-P3) in my hands for a while, one wonders if it’s worth the upgrade. Sure, the Olympus EP-3 does much to make it stand out from its predecessor. However, some features may not be notable enough to current EP-2 owners. So is it really worth the upgrade?

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Her name is Mary-Jane: and she is my beloved Olympus EP-2. I’ve compared it against the Fuji X100 before, and many people couldn’t tell the difference between the two cameras’ image quality. But beyond the image quality, there are many reasons why one would want to consider other cameras over the Fuji X100. Now don’t get me wrong, I gave the X100 a very good review and it is indeed a well loved camera, but in the end we must not only remember that it’s the photographer that takes the images but also that some tools are easier to work with than others.

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It’s been a long month that I’ve spent with the Olympus EPL-2; as a constant companion to me everywhere I go, I will say that it will be very sorely missed with its sexy curves and simplicity. But will I buy it?

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