Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH LUMIX G VARIO review by langier
6 days ago
Summary: This is one of my workhorses for m4/3. I bought mine 2nd hand and it was like new. Now that I have a year on this lens, I can say that it is one of my favorites. I have the Nikon 14-24 2.8 and the only advantage over the Panasonic 7-14 is that it is one stop faster. However, with that extra stop and having to cover a 35mm frame means that it is large, heavy and subject to lots of lens flare, even when the source is out of the frame.
Summary: For my first foray into DSLR I picked m4/3. I didn't know what to expect from camera OR lens so I experimented. I've seen a lot of shots on YT made using wide angle lenses and knew I didn't care for fisheye effects. This lens does some pretty wide angle shots, but the fisheye effect is there even when being careful about the lens angle. I really do like that the lens gets everyone in the frame when they're in a small room.
Summary: I've been replacing my P&S camera with Panasonic Lumix 4/3 camera with 20mm lens and have been really happy with it. Then one day, I happened to chat with my friend whom is a photographer. He recommended me this lens. When I came home, I searched on Amazon and after reading the reviews, I purchased this right away and have been really happy with it. The lens focuses quickly, built quality is great, lightweight and most important, the pictures turned out beautiful.
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH LUMIX G VARIO review by LowTEC
7 June 2014
Summary: Simply say, I love this lens. This lens is one of the sharpest UWA lens I have ever used, and I have used Nikon 14-24mm, Canon's, Tokina, and Oly M.zuiko 9-18 It is compact but relatively front heavy for smaller M4/3 cameras, it is decently sharp wide open, and corner to corner sharpness at 7mm f5.6. Build quality is excellent with nicely damped zoom ring (although I only use 7mm range).
Pros: SHARP, corner to corner sharp
Cons: lack of filter mount, purple blob issue with E-M5, E-PL5, GH3
Summary: The new ones are so expensive I was looking for an alternative. I bought this one used (labeled as like new), but I felt it was more like brand new. It came in it's original box and packing. As hard as I looked, I could not find a single wear mark. I made about 30 test shots at different zoom lengths and apertures, and optically it was excellent. A great transaction, so consider this option to save some coin.