This has been a great year for Olympus with the slew of products like the highly successful camera, OMD EM5, & E-PL5 as well as some excellent, perhaps the best primes so far for mirrorless : 75mm F1.8 as well as 60mm F2.8 macro lenses are both very well received, highly regarded. The lastest lens to be announced under development during Sept 12 Photokina in Germany, and surprised many when it was announced the launch recently middle of this month.
Clubsnap was given a pre-production v0.8 by Olympus SG for a review this week.
First things first, there are several detailed lens review (lenstip, ming thein, petka pokka, etc) out there for those who like more surgical analysis. The review here will be more user based rather than very technical. Different scenarios will be explored, like street shooting (which is mainly what this lens was designed for with it's brilliant snap focus mode), being a wide angle, it can be used suitably for landscapes as well, and of course with a large aperture very well suited for low light conditions as well.
Camera & general setting used: Olympus E-PL5, jpeg, no sharpening, noise filter is set to off. Specific settings will be shared in the shots description.
Here's a shot of it with a silver E-PL5 & Olympus VF-1 17mm silver matching viewfinder (thanks to a friend's)! It's a excellent combination to say the least
VF-1 is an OVF that's available with the pancake Olympus mZD 17m f2.8 lens, which is predecessor pancake lens, that's has an older motor (noisy) and slower AF lens.
Please refrain from price discussion, well, the price is not available at this point either.
Feel free to pop any questions you may have.