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Old Dec 10, 2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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Quick question ... Is $180 a got price for it (kind of new via somebody who bought a Pen kit with it but doesn't need it) .... Or should I go with the 25mm f2.8 pancake (regular Zuiko) and use my mmf-2 ?
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 11:03 PM   #2
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I would go with the micro 17/2.8 because it's so incredibly small and just as good optically, if not maybe a little better than the four-thirds 25/2.8, which is very small too, but the MMF-2 over doubles its' size.

$180 is around $60 less than a brand-new unit. It could well be the original owner barely even used it, so that sounds like a good option. The 25/2.8 is a little less brand-new at around $220 and I have tried mine with the Pen. It does work "OK", but the Pen-specific Micro Zuikos are just better options.
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The 17mm is a way underrated lens IMO. It is a very capable, small and light little lens and $180 is a very good price. I'd go with it over the 25mm/f2.8. It's wider, smaller, faster and no need for an adapter. If you want a 25mm, I'd save the money and go for the Leica DG 25mm f1.4 for m4/3.
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 5:16 PM   #4
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According to the owner ... he never used it! I am going to try it tomorrow. BTW, the same lens is sold for at least $299CND up here...
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It is a good little lens, worth the price. With the m4/3 correction. It produce very sharp photos. It is a under rated lens, because of the panny 20 1.7. But except for the stop low aperture. They both produce very good photos at the same aperture.
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I actually like the Oly better as it does not over expose nearly as much as the 20mm.
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 7:09 PM   #7
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Got the 17mm today and took just a couple of shots ... this is a very good lens
Also received the Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 ... this one is plain fantastic ! Now I need to try both of the seriously!
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Congrats, it is a good little lens.
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