Olympus has today confirmed that its 17mm f/1.8 micro four thirds lens will go on sale in December, earlier than it had predicted.

The M Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 will carry a UK price of £449.99.

Billed as lightweight and compact, the lens incorporates a Snapshot Focus mechanism that allows the focusing point to be moved to a specific distance by sliding the focusing ring.

‘Rotating the ring changes the focal distance within the range shown on the lens cylinder, which also features a depth of scale,’ adds the firm.

The lens surfaces have been treated with Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical coating to help eliminate flare and ghosting.

Development of the 17mm f/1.8 was announced in September.

At the time, Olympus had not expected the lens to go on sale until early 2013.