This lens is so light and thin, it's practically weightless allowing you to take pictures whenever and wherever you feel like it. With a convenient focal length – equivalent to 34mm on a 35mm camera – this wide-angle lens features a slim design with an overall length of just 0.9 inches. Six lens elements in four groups assure excellent picture sharpness and clarity, while a closest focusing distance of just 7.8 inches lets you get up close and personal with your subjects.
Shooting Guide: Urban Landscape
E-P1, Program Mode, 1/640sec., f8.0, ISO 200, focal length 17mm (Equivalent to 36mm on a 53mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This lens is convenient for taking pictures during travel or vacation due to its convenient small size. With a click of the shutter button you can capture memories of sceneries, landmarks or people from your travels. This 17mm lens gives you the ability to take pictures of images as you see them, without having to worry about adjusting a zoom length.
- Take advantage of this fixed focal length lens by moving closer to or further away from the subject in order to gain the best composition for the picture. Framing an image can turn an ordinary scene into a breathtaking photograph.
- Become familiar with this single focal length lens. Take some time to photograph a number of different images to get used to not having an adjusting zoom length—the key to using this 17mm pancake lens is to become comfortable with taking pictures as you see them.
- Add other objects within the frame of the lens. In the picture above, the watch tower was positioned to the left of the frame which made this picture more impressive. Including the monotonous colored buildings in the picture also made the focal point pop.
- Keep in mind that an image will seem slightly wider when viewed with this lens than the actual image appears when viewed with the naked eye.
Shooting Guide: Urban Detail
E-P1, Program Mode, 1/60 sec., f2.8, ISO 250, focal length 17mm (Equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This lens is not only stylish but also so light and thin, it is practically weightless. Although this lens has a flat, pancake design it is designed to create dimension and detail within a photograph.
- Become familiar with the subject being photographed so that its distinguishing features can be emphasized. The image above was taken with an aperture of F2.8—for a faster shutter speed—which enabled the lens to capture a clear picture and emphasize the details of the words on the dark windows.
- Avoid pictures that look “flat”—try adding dimension to bring them to life. The picture above is given depth by adding foliage to the frame rather than taking a picture of the red building by itself which would result in a lackluster photograph.
Shooting Guide: Street Photo
E-P1, Program Mode, 1/80 sec., f2.8, ISO 200, focal length 17mm (Equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This lens has the capability to capture high-quality, blur-free images without using flash or increasing the ISO speed even in the poorest of weather conditions.
- Keep in mind that the subject in the photograph will look somewhat smaller through this lens than in reality. In order to keep the subject as the focal point in the picture, get closer making sure you fill the viewing area (frame) with the subject as you envision it.
- Using an aperture of f2.8 with the 17mm lens and a faster shutter speed will help create a beautiful blur free photograph of your subject.