Olympus' new street-shooter-friendly prime lens
The company adds a 12mm f1.8 lens to its Micro Four Thirds lineup
Olympus continues its trend of releasing fast, Micro Four Thirds-mount (MFT) prime lenses with the 17mm f1.8 (34mm equivalent). Incorporating the same design as the-- metallic finish and a pull-down ring for distance-based focusing -- the lens sounds like a solid addition for street-shooting MFT photographers.
|Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Aperture range||f1.8 - f22|
|Minimum focus distance||9.8|
|Angle of view||65 degrees|
|Elements||9: 3 aspherical,
1 high-refractive index
|Minimum length||1.4 inches|
|Maximum length||1.4 inches|
The lens uses the company's MSC internal focus technology for video-friendly operation, and uses the latest of Olympus' ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) coatings for improved clarity and reduced flare and ghosting.
My one disappointment: the seven-bladed aperture. It's not bad, but it's the minimum you want for out-of-focus highlights that don't appear polygonal.