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.
Summary: As long as you don't point this at a light source while mounted to an Olympus body, you will love it. I shoot it on an Olympus OM-D E-M5, and it performs extraordinarily well. It's razor sharp across the frame, with almost zero distortion and no chromatic aberration. It outperforms my Canon L glass and others of similar caliber! The purple flaring is very definitely an issue though. If I have a light source in my frame, the shot is blown. Period.
Summary: This is the widest lens I've ever had. Back in SLR days I had a 17mm f/4 on full frame. This 7-14 is the equivalent of 14mm on full frame and it's a phenomenal lens. If you like wide, then buy it. You won't be disappointed.
Summary: Had this lens for a month or so - it replaced a Panasonic LX5 with it's razor sharp Leica 24mm f/2.0 lens, sharpest lens I've ever had, but always wanted more wide angle and a slightly larger, easier to hold camera with controls not-so-crammed together, good electronic viewfinder built-in, and got most everything I wanted with the Panasonic 7-14mm lens and GX7 body in black. Used to think I "saw" in 24mm, would have to say that now I see in 14mm!
Summary: This is a very expensive lens but it produces superb pictures. Highly recommended for landscape, interiors, and architectural photography. It is a fantastic lens in virtually every respect. Thanks to in-camera JPEG correction, distortions are kept to a bare minimum, which is why it is so effective for architectural photographers. Sharpness is fantastic across the frame. It is very well made.
Awesome! Be inspired by what you can do with this wide-angle lens!
9 November 2013
Summary: I have had some amazing results using this wide-angle lens! I used it in Lisbon in the narrow streets and in cathedrals and achieved breathtaking shots that were impossible with my standard lenses. The shots were clear without distortion edge-to-edge. I am so inspired by the results.