This single-focal-length lens is said to be ideal for snapshot street shooting, landscape photography or capturing subjects in challenging low-light environments.
The lens has a metal body and a Snapshot Focus mechanism for pan focusing with a distance indicator.
The 17 mm lens has nine lens elements in six groups to deliver sharp images of subjects with beautiful, eye-catching depth of field, says Olympus. The optical system features three aspherical lenses, including a Dual Super Aspherical element to correct aberrations, as well as a High Refractive index lens to correct high spherical aberrations.
Lens coatings reduce lens flare and ghost images even when shooting against the light.
The Snapshot Focus mechanism lets users easily take spontaneous, blur-free images by shifting the focusing point to a specific distance. Sliding the focus ring back reveals range markings on the lens barrel, including distance and depth of field scales, which can be used as guides as the user adjusts the focal distance by rotating the ring.
Total length of the lens is 1.4 inches.
The lens employs Olympus’ MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) autofocusing mechanism featuring an inner focus system to drive this single-focal-length lens for fast and quiet focusing.
There’s an optional lens hood and cap which feature a finely textured metallic outer finish and distinctive, classic appearance.
The Olympus VF-1 optical viewfinder, originally developed for use with the M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 lens, is also compatible with the new lens.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17 mm f/1.8 lens will be available in December for an estimated street price of about $500.