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With new lenses from both Panasonic and Olympus – and the recent announcement from Zeiss that it will offer lenses in the mount – the Micro Four Thirds system continues to be the best served of the ‘mirrorless’ formats in terms of optical choices.

The latest arrival from Olympus is another classically-styled and metal-barrelled prime; the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 wide-angle. Equivalent to 34mm in the 35mm format, the new lens is compatible with the E-M5, all Olympus’s Digital Pen models and Panasonic’s Lumix G cameras. The focal length and its compact design makes it ideal for street photography, travel and photojournalism. It features Olympus’s MSC (‘Movie & Still Compatible’) autofocusing system which provides silent operation for both stills and when shooting video. A manual focus clutch mechanism enables instant switching between AF and MF operation.

Local pricing for the new M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 has yet to be announced. For more information about the Olympus OM-D and Digital Pen camera systems click here