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: 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: The Panasonic 7-14mm lens was a problem for me. It cost about twice what I'd ever before paid for a lens, even when I was still making my living with photography. After deciding to "take the plunge" and buy it (based on universally good reviews and looking at many impressive sample photos at full-resolution), I was disappointed with the somewhat poor edge performance at the wider FLs, and the soft extreme corners at all FLs that I found with my first sample of this lens.
Summary: My wife and I travel a lot and a constant complaint when trying to take pictures in cities is that I can't get far enough away from the subject to capture all or most of the object. I've now had this lens for just over a year and, as an amateur, have used it indoor and out in all manner of situations. It definitely solves my problem of not being able to get far enough away from my subject to capture the total image.
Summary: I primarily use zoom lenses, rather than primes, and was looking for an ultra-wide for landscape photography. The 7-14mm is small, light and easy to carry, especially compared to a lens of equivalent focal length in any other format. Many good points in favor of this lens - you can use it wide open at all focal lengths and be confident in the image quality, minor vignetting only at f/4 and easily corrected in Photoshop, Panasonic's in-camera distortion correction works...
Summary: If I had been able to procure this lens for $750, I would have felt better about it. As it is, at $950, you have to ask yourself whether it's worth it or not. The Olympus 9-18 isn't cheap right now either at $700, and you lose out on the wide end. Though I have owned that lens, and it's a solid walk-around with a good focal range. So why pay the extra for this one? Well, it's sharper. I have the Panasonic 20mm 1.7, and this lens rivals it for sharpness.
Summary: I got this through warehouse and it came in perfect condition including the cover and caps. After about a month of shooting, I think this is a very capable wide angle and works very well with my GH2 IQ, with good distortion correction. It complements the 14-140 zoom nicely. I do feel like it is overpriced compared to other platforms, but not horribly so and I do like the combination of size, quality, versatility and handling of the Panny m43.
Summary: Probably everyone is wondering the same thing as I did: The Panny 7-14mm, or Olympus m.zukio 9-18mm? Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera So I bought both. While testing showed in daylight they are about the same, low light was interesting. First let's tak about the size. When you see these two diminuitive lenses, you may think, I spent how much for this??