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Gary Clennan wrote:
I'm looking forward to your results Jim. I have considered picking up this lens or perhaps the Tamron 17mm f/3.5 SP. Not sure which is a better performer on FF though...
The Oly 18mm is definitely a significant step ahead of the Tamron SP 17/3.5 and Tokina 17/3.5 (both varieties, for both brands). OTOH, if you check Lens$db, you'll find that the Oly 18mm costs more than three times the Tamron SP 17mm.
So far, the Oly 18mm is almost on par with the Zeiss 18 ZE and TS-E 17/4L. Without doubt, the Oly 18mm is significantly better compared to its best competitors at 17mm/18mm (e.g. TS-E 17/4L and Zeiss 18/3.5 ZE), than are the Oly 21/3.5 and 24/2.8, in comparison with their best competitors (e.g. Zeiss 21 ZE and TS-E 24/3.5L II).
These preliminary results with the Oly 18mm is a pleasant surprise for me, although it complicates my plans for "down sizing".