Wedding shoot with the Olympus 17mm f1.8

Late last year I had the chance to not only be the best man at my friend’s wedding but also be second shooter alongside my father who was using his EM10 with my 12-40 2.8 Pro. I used my recently purchased 17mm f1.8 lens and this was its first occasion shoot. I’d long been looking at this lens as I love the 35mm focal length and combined with the solid metal build and small size I was keen to try it out, especially on such a special day. I’ll be doing an in-depth review soon, however for the purpose of taking quick, time sensitive photos in confined spaces where lighting can be very unpredictable, this lens was fantastic and I was really happy with the results it produced. It was also perfect for those detail shots which required a nice, close focusing lens and while it has been said a lot that this lens isn’t the sharpest – and it definitely isn’t as sharp as the 12-40 – it really rendered the colours well and sharpness is by no means at all an issue unless you really get into some pixel peeping which isn’t something that’s typically needed in this scenario. There was also a lot of bright sunlight producing very strong shadows, both of which were well controlled by this lens and the snap back manual focus feature was also handy on occasions where I knew pre-focusing would be preferable. As I’d hoped, the 35mm length was pretty much spot on, being wide enough to include most things in the shot while still being able to produce really nice portraits when needed, especially as was the case in the pre-wedding shots which took place in a two bedroom apartment meaning there was lots of exciting pre-wedding activity going on! All in all I had a lot of fun with this lens and look forward to taking it traveling, which was a large part of why I bought it.

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