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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Once you've rotated the focus ring past infinity (or the close focus distance) you're at a known focus point. Keep rotating the ring in the same direction until you have the previously marked hyperfocal scale infinity position lined up with some registration mark. Now you can set the focus distance fairly accurately. Try it with the hyperfocal scale printed on a piece of paper taped to the lens.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Sounds like a great practical workaround... I'll give it a go, but doesn't the change in focus distance relate to the speed at which you rotate the fly-by-wire focus ring? in other words, rotate quickly and the change in focus will be greater over the same rotation than if you'd rotated slowly?

    That's just the theory though, it will be easy to check.

    Thanks for the great suggestion

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    Any testing results using this method to use Hyper-Focal scales taped to the lens barrel?
    I'm guessing, that if you put it on Manual Focus and f/16, and focus at INF, the DOF will be like 4' to INF anyway. (over 50' away), at f/11 it will be 5' to INF focused at 50' or beyond.. used the DOF website for calculations.
    Really. at f/16 as long as you focus on anything over 20' away or greater. you will have around 3.5 to INF in focus.

    A cheat sheet for f/8, f/11 and f/16 may be a more useful tool.

    EXAMPLE for f/8 for non INF type street use: focus at a known point at "2m" or 6', you will have 3.5' to 24' in focus.. Perfect for the street.
    So, on the cheat scale.... f/8, @2m (6'), 3.5'-24'

    I read this thread in advance of getting a 17mm for my G1. (Just delivered today w/o lens). Just looking at how others have used in MF mode.

    BTW, I have it Back-Order from Adorama for $230.00 free ship a year after this thread started. the $50.00 instant rebate was in effect in June 2010 when I put my order in.

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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    I adore this lens, it pretty much stays on my E-PL1 full-time

    Love the draw of this sensor and lens....
    Last edited by Lili; 8th July 2010 at 02:03.

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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    + 1 for this lens... great for street




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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    Does anyone own this lens and the Panny 20/1.7? Is there much benefit to owning both? I only ask because a 35fov is pretty much my standard lens on any other camera but I am surprised at how well I've adapted to the 20/1.7. I'm just wondering if I really would use both...

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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    Louis, I own both of them.

    The 17/2.8, after a few days, I attached a Ricoh 0.75X converter to it and it has not come off yet.

    The 20/1.7, I am still not comfortable with that FL for street. I do use it for IR (street) just because it focuses faster in IR and also is a better lens in IR.

    In short, both the lenses as such are not that great.

    One advantage (a great advantage) of the 17/2.8 is its close focus distance. ~10cm.

    I did post on this earlier (there is a thread somewhere), I guess no one has figured it out yet.

    DISCLAIMER (YOUR OWN RISK!)

    Put the cam on AF mode and pull the front of the lens (preferably with a hood attached to grip it), the focus barrel will extend further than it does and will get stuck at ~10cm close focus. To reset, turn the camera off and back on to resume normal functions.

    The Pana 20/1.7 did this to a lesser extent in the beginning but after doing a F/W update, it will not do it now.

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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by kevinparis View Post
    + 1 for this lens... great for street



    Great BW tones... nice close up too on #1..
    Are those the "in camera" BW? or did you convert in post?

    Still waiting for an email from Adorama for the 17mm lens back-order status
    Wish I had an adapter for my "M" lenses.
    I have an lens less G1 just waiting for a lens....

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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    thanks

    B/w with PP in Aperture....

    a short video outlining my work flow here...

    http://vimeo.com/13075833

    Also you can see more of my legacy lens stuff ( including M lenses) here

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinpa...7622730407793/

    K

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    Re: Olympus 17/2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by kevinparis View Post
    thanks

    B/w with PP in Aperture....

    a short video outlining my work flow here...

    http://vimeo.com/13075833

    Also you can see more of my legacy lens stuff ( including M lenses) here

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinpa...7622730407793/

    K
    Thanks for the link to your gallery... Very nice.
    I too, convert to BW in Post. I use ACDsee Pro 3 though...It has a little different way of converting to BW.. But allows plenty of control for the Tonal Range.

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    I guess anyone can post images of Oly 17 f/2.8

    So, I just got mine from PopFlashPhoto
    A few to share
    Really liking this lens!
    Mostly at ISO between ISO 250-500
    These are fully developed to my liking...not "Out of Camera"

    16:9 (WB was set wrong for this image... Did the best I could with JPG... Although I will shoot raw from now on, since the work flow is no different from developing a JPG)






    16:9 Self Portrait


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