Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 lens announcement in few hours

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 lens will be officially announced in few hours. The price of the lens is expected to be €499 (around $600), the lens hood will cost €60 ($70). Some more sample images can be found here.

Features of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 lens taken from Olympus website:

  • High-performance lens with large f/1.8 aperture, in a compact body.
  • High-quality metallic outer finish instills pride of ownership.
  • Snapshot focusing mechanism with proven performance that is highly acclaimed with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0.
  • MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing.
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  • Chris P

    If the costs are right then a small piece of circular metal, without which any lens, particularly a wide angle one, is useless unless the sun is behind the photographer is going to cost 10% of the cost of the lens!

  • Bob2

    $70 US for a hood??? Olympus is taking a page right out of Leica’s playbook, charging obscene prices for accessories. I’d wait for the fleabay special instead.

    Come to think of it, $700+ for a 35mm f/1.8 (FOV equivalent) seems very pricey, especially compared to the Nikon and Canon 35mm f/2’s that go for $300-$350 and take more glass to make to cover FF.

    • This ZD has a construction similar to a 70mm f/1.8* full frame lens (9 elements), so it has to be compared with something like a Canon 85 f/1.8 USM (~$420) or a Nikon 85 f/1.8 AF-S (~$500). You might say the lens is smaller, even if the construction’s the same, uses less glass and therefore should cost lens… this is true as well but making the lens smaller also means stricter manufacturing tolerances. Considering this is a premium lens while Canon/Nikon 85 1.8s are more budget-oriented (not a comment on their IQ btw), I can see why the introductory price is $600.

      * For anyone who’s now thinking this is equivalent to a 70mm f/3.6, etc. … this is not about equivalence. This is about lens design.

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