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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm Focal Length in 35mm Equivalent) Won the Prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” Award: Super-Fast, Outstanding Resolution, Smoother Feathered Bokeh, Shallower Depth-of-Field, Better Low-Light Photography, Dustproof, Splashproof, Freezeproof (to 14°F/-10°C)

The following video presents M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 17mm 1:1.2 PRO – Full Portraits in any Conditions:
If you’re looking to take the most striking full‑portrait images possible, look no further than the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm 1:1.2 PRO lens (34mm*). The ultra‑wide aperture gives you ultimate flexibility to harness your creativity: add more depth and softness to your portraits with Feathered Bokeh in the background. Eye Detection AF is your ideal assistant for keeping your subject in focus at all times. Or take emotional close‑ups at a closest focusing distance of a short 20cm.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO won Lens of the Year in the Camera Grand Prix Japan 2018! The Camera Grand Prix Japan is one of Japan’s most prestigious series of camera and lens awards, and this marks the third year in a row that an M.Zuko PRO lens has won Lens of the Year.

Key Specifications:

  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 34mm
  • Lens Construction: 15 Elements in 11 Groups (1 Super ED lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 ED-DSA lens, 1 EDA lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 aspherical lens)
  • Dust & Drip Proof: Yes
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.2m
  • Maximum Aperture: F1.2
  • Minimum Aperture: F16

PRESS RELEASE

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO Lens
Honored with Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year”

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO

May 21, 2018

Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) is pleased to announce that the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) interchangeable lens (launched in January 2018) is the recipient of the Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” award in Japan.

Olympus recently expanded its M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO prime lens lineup with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO (90mm focal length in 35mm equivalent). These Micro Four Thirds® system lenses join the currently available M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO (50mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) to deliver outstanding resolution and beautiful feathered bokeh at a maximum aperture of F1.2.

The prestigious honor of the Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” award for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens marks the third consecutive year that the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club has awarded Olympus the “Lens of the Year” award at the Camera Grand Prix. The brand previously won the award for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO in 2016, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mmF4.0 IS PRO in 2017. Olympus is the first manufacturer in the industry to achieve the high honor for three consecutive years.

Comments from Camera Grand Prix 2018 Executive Committee
“Realizing both outstanding resolution and high-quality bokeh, this super-fast lens provides the widest angle as of today in the Olympus max F1.2 lens lineup. While the lens angle is handy in use, a moderate depth of field is also available with the maximum F1.2 aperture. The quality and quantity of its bokeh, realized through the company’s technological experiences, is great enough as a full-blown camera, giving a beautifully blurred, feather-like image. The lens does deserve any photographer’s trust. High contrast and resolution can be provided even at the widest aperture setting. Despite its intricate structure, the lens gives quite a natural image, representing wider possibilities of the Micro Four Thirds System Specification, with which a smaller image sensor device can shorten an actual focal length. It also works well as an AF lens when paired with an Olympus camera, enabling accurate focusing. A finest lens for an utmost depictive quality.”

About the Camera Grand Prix
The Camera Grand Prix considered one of the widely recognized camera and lens award in Japan, is held by the Camera Journal Press Club (established in 1963) and is composed of ten major camera and photography magazines in Japan (as of April 2018).
The “Camera of the Year” and “Lens of the Year” awards are presented to outstanding still camera and lens released in Japan between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

These two awards were determined and voted by executive committee of 53 judges.
In addition, the “Readers Awards” was voted by general magazine readers, and the “Editors Awards” was selected by the Camera Journal Press Club members among all photo related equipment and not limiting to cameras or lenses.

Camera Grand Prix Awards that Olympus has received

1994 Olympus μ Zoom Panorama (Stylus Panorama) 5th Camera Journal Press Club Special Award
1998 Olympus CAMEDIA C-1400L
9th Camera Journal Press Club Special Award
2011 Olympus PEN E-P1
27th Camera Grand Prix 2010 and Camera of the Year and Readers Award
2013 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
29th Camera Grand Prix 2012, Editors Award
2014 Olympus OM-D E-M1
31st Camera Grand Prix 2013, Editors Award
2015 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
32nd Camera Grand Prix 2015, Editors Award
2016 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO 33rd Camera Grand Prix 2016, Lens of the Year
2017 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
34th Camera Grand Prix 2017, Camera of the Year and Readers Award
M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO 34th Camera Grand Prix 2017, Lens of the Year
2018 M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO
35th Camera Grand Prix 2018, Lens of the Year

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