Food trucks, walk in the park with new Oly 17/1.8 lens

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Armanius, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Finally took some more photos with the new 17/1.8. Nice sunny day in Houston. Went to grab some lunch with the wife at some food trucks and walked around the park. Really enjoying this lens. Definitely a keeper!!

    All these photos were with the OMD, RAW, processed in LR, lowered contrast, some cropping on a few photos, adjusted exposure, black, shadows. Used a 0.6 ND filter so that I could shoot at f1.8.

    f1.8

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    f1.8

    Food_truck_saturday-3.

    f1.8 (wrong focus point)

    Food_truck_saturday-4.

    f5.6

    Food_truck_saturday-5.

    f3.5

    Food_truck_saturday-6.

    f5

    Food_truck_saturday-7.

    f1.8

    Food_truck_saturday-8.

    f3.2

    Food_truck_saturday-9.

    f1.8

    Food_truck_saturday-10.

    f1.8

    Food_truck_saturday-13.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    nice Oly colors. And I LOVE that shrimp with the flame-throwing six-shooters! That new 17mm looks nice.
     
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  3. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I used to stop for gourmet food trucks. Then I realized I just spent eight buck on a grilled cheese sandwich and now I'm back eating indoors. +1 on Luke's comments. So what's with the trench and island?

    Gary
     
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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Looks like it was a nice day out. I have noticed that just about everyone who actually has the 17/1.8 likes it a lot. The negative commentary seems to have been based solely on looking at test scores.
     
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  5. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    374
    Mar 4, 2012
    I deel THE Same, Lucky.
    Amazon.com has good user reviews too.

    How do you like the AF and build quality of the lens, armanius?
     
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  6. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    That 17mm is one hell of a great lens. It will be a legend sooner rather than later. Awesome sharp but natural images.
     
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  7. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    374
    Mar 4, 2012
    PS, 4th photo
    Belgian beer :)
     
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  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Yeah, very nice lens, great build, great user qualities like the clutch ring and fast AF. It'll get used!

    Nice shots Armando. Lunch with your wife looks great. And what's up with that cool trench dug in the grass in such a decorative manner? I'm guessing there's a story there.

    -Ray
     
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  9. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

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    Mar 4, 2012
    the price for the lens in belgium is only about 100 euro more then the panasonic 20mm and i don't like the 20mm that much on an oly body...
    + the 17mm has better built quality , is much faster to focus (i presume ?) , has nicer MF and a nicer FoV imo
     
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  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    1. it looks you have 3 meals for 2 people
    2. your wife's smile is radiant
    3. i like making lists
     
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  11. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    374
    Mar 4, 2012
    4. i like reading your lists
     
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    The trench is some sort of "art" in front of the Menil Museum here in Houston. The overpriced food trucks were parked in the museum's parking lot.

    Gary, I'm assuming that the "island" that you are referring to is the ledge that we put the food on? There's an empty house next to the parking lot. The ledge/island became our standing eating countertop. Or maybe you were referring to the island/trench/loop. If so, it's "art"!! Modern art escapes me most of the time. I much prefer the "old" stuff in the Louvre or Prado.

    Luke, those were two dishes and a side of fries. But yeah, it sure felt like three. The Mrs does have a great smile. Although she had a small piece of food stuck on her teeth when she ate a frie first. LR fixed that!

    Houston is typically a little slow when it comes to food and fashion trends. Gourmet food trucks didn't start popping left and right until about two years ago. We already had lots of taco food trucks that Mexican folks used to drive around to cater to Mexican construction workers. Those food trucks are reasonably priced. And often better than their "gourmet" Mexican food truck counterparts. Menudo anyone?

    The 17/1.8 AF is fast and silent. Construction is top notch relative to other m4/3 lenses. Best one that I handled so far. I haven't handled the 12/2 and 75/1.8 yet though. I don't understand the complaint about sharpness. I think the lens is probably too sharp (at least in the middle) even for portrait use when filling the middle of the frame with one's face. Some softening is needed unless the subject has baby smooth skin. I'm very happy with the lens. As a disclaimer, 35 is my favorite focal length. So I might be a little biased!
     
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  13. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Armando, did you ever use the 17/2.8 pancake? Other than the stop-and-a-half advantage of the 1.8, is it really THAT much sharper than the older lens? After reading the initial reviews of the 1.8, I concluded for outdoor use I couldn't justify investing in the new lens.
     
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I never had a problem with the old lens Chuck, but I'm not much of a pixel peeper anyway. For me there are three primary advantages of the nw one. First, the faster aperture makes this my go-to "standard" low light lens. Second, the faster AF is a LOT faster, which is useful in any conditions. And third is the clutch ring for manual focus, which will matter to some and not others - matters a lot to me. Any improvements in sharpness and resolving ability and other IQ measures are mostly lost on me (except with the 75, where I can actually see and feel the sharpness and often have to soften the images in PP), so I just look at them as icing on the cake. So, to the extent those things matter to you or don't......

    -Ray
     
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  15. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Ray, thanks - I better understand now the appeal of the Oly 1.8. Pretty nice feature set!

    Personally, I find Oly lenses and cameras to be generally over-priced vs. what I perceive as their value to me. If the 17 was $399 and the 75 was $699, I'd give both serious consideration...!
     
  16. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    374
    Mar 4, 2012
    it's the build quality that costs you, panasonic doesn't have any metal lenses for example

    the 20mm isn't much less then 399 too
     
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  17. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I hear you. I paid full freight for the 75, figured I might not end up keeping it, but it took about 10 shots with it, once I uploaded them and had a look to realize that lens would be invaluable to me. The 17 I don't know if I would have paid the full price for, at least not yet. But I got it for $370 during that crazy accidental Oly sale that happened for part of one night. And for that price, down with the 20 and not much more than the 14 or the original 17, it was an absolute no brainer. Now that I have it, and knowing what I know now, I think I'd be happy to pay full price for it, but I didn't think that before fortune smiled in my general direction. If I'd only waited until that sale and nabbed a 75 for that price - I think it was down well below $700 IIRC - would have almost paid for the 17...

    -Ray
     
  18. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Yep , nice vivid images. I can see the trench being a health & safety issue in GB though. It would require a fence some signs and perhaps a dozen or so cones
    and dayglow bunting. I kid you not !
     
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  19. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    That was my first thoughts "... OMG a tripping hazard, better tape it off."
     
  20. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Chuck, I agree with everything Ray said. I bought a second hand 17/2.8 from Rev Bob at MU43. But I didn't use it very much primarily because of the loud and somewhat sluggish AF.

    Another advantage of the new 17 is the shallower DOF for the "look" that I like in some photos. Not quite as nice as a full frame 35/1.4, but still nicer than the f2.8.

    As for the pricing, if and when Sigma and other third parties start making more m4/3 lenses, pricing may come down. Unfortunately, there hasn't been any third party AF large apertures lenses yet.