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Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0

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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
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Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0 vs Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Why is Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0 better than Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8?

  • Front element doesn't rotate
  • 0.05m shorter minimum focus distance
    0.2mvs0.25m
  • Has a silent focus motor built into the lens
  • 5mm shorter minimum focal length
    12mmvs17mm

Why is Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 better than Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0?

  • Has full-time manual focus
  • 0.2f wider aperture at maximum focal length
    1.8fvs2f
  • 10% wider aperture at minimum focal length
    f/1.8 vs2f
  • 10g lighter
    120gvs130g
  • 20° narrower minimum angle of view
    65°vs85°
  • 5mm longer maximum focal length
    17mmvs12mm

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1.Is a wide angle lens
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

A wide angle lens is great for capturing larger areas of a scene, such as when doing architectural or landscape photography.

2.has or is a prime lens
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.

3.Front element doesn't rotate
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.

4.weight

130g

120g

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5.Has a metal mount
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

6.minimum focal length

12mm

17mm

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

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Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM

0.24mm

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Optics

1.maximum angle of view

85°

65°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

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318°

2.magnification

0.08x

0.08x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

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14x

3.minimum angle of view

85°

65°

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

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4.optical zoom

1x

1x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

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22.2x

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Aperture

1.widest aperture at maximum focal length

2f

1.8f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

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Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

1.2f

2.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

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Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

3.widest aperture

f/2

f/1.8

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

f/1.2

4.Has rounded aperture blades
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

5.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

6.aperture blades

7

7

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

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Lensbaby Velvet 85

12

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Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.Can focus to infinity
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

3.minimum focus distance

0.2m

0.25m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

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0.02m

4.Has focus motor
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

5.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

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