Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO
One of the most comforting things about my Olympus setup is that I don’t have to worry about stopping down to take full advantage of my lenses.
The ƒ/1.2 PRO primes, for example, were designed to excel even wide open, and while you can certainly stop down to eke out a bit of extra bite, the lenses are so sharp at ƒ/1.2 that I’m not sure I would ever feel the need to do so. Instead, aperture becomes a control that’s simply dedicated to managing depth of field in a scene, as it should be.
The 25mm ƒ/1.2 PRO is my workhorse lens, but I recently spent a few weeks putting the 17mm ƒ/1.2 PRO through its paces to see if it was worth adding to my kit. It would live alongside the smaller ƒ/1.8 that spends most of its time on my PEN-F.
Unlike most reviewers, I don’t have major complaints about the 17mm ƒ/1.8. Sure, the manual focus clutch still doesn’t properly engage the MF aids (a...
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