Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F4.0
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Widening your viweing experience with excellent quality at 7 mm (14 mm FF)
13 June 2014
Summary: Excellent and unique lens for the FT system. You may know wide angle lenses at 11 or 12 mm (22-24 mm full-frame equiv.), however the difference going to 7 mm (14 mm FF equiv.) was amazing for me. Suddenly you see things on the picture you didn't see before. And I don't mean just a little, it is really a big difference. Also this lens at 7 mm is far away from the 'fish eye' effect.
Excerpt: This is a large, and heavy lens for this format, but the image quality and unique wide view that it offers is special. This lens balances and handles nicely on the OMD E-M1 body and it is dust and splash sealed. It is expensive, but it provides a wide angle view and image quality that is not available anywhere else.
Excerpt: have owned this lens since 2005, I can safely say, it has been the best purchase I have ever made. Unlike other optics (including primes like the 12mm Heliar) the difference in exposure between the centre and edge of the frame, is only 1.5 f-stops, whereas many others are around 3 f-stops. In use, it's bulk, actually is an advantage, as it balances well in the palm of your hand. Yes, you can make it flare, but not as much as other 114 degree AoV lenses.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Outstanding image quality, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: As every review has noted, this is without question a first rate lens. I use this lens for landscapes. I cannot speak to its worth for shooting interiors. First and foremost, this lens requires some work to master. I have been at it for several months now and I am still trying to get the most out of it, particularly 7mm. When you nail a good shot, you nail it big time. Is it worth the bucks? That is a different matter.
Summary: It's crazy to picture how wide 7mm is until you get to see it through your viewfinder. The hood is permanently attached and just barely longer than the glass. The cap is a hefty metal cover that goes over the entire hood. The lens itself is incredible. This would be way too expensive if it was any brighter than f/4.0, since it is also weather sealed, and at 7mm, it's very easy to hand-hold photos at very slow shutter speeds (1/10 and slower at times).
Summary: though the lens is an excellent performer, that fact that it's f4.0 is it's real limitation. you loose two stops of light compared to it's matched longer lens, the 14-35mm f2.0, and this makes a huge difference when the light is low. Why have a physically large lens, slightly smaller than a comparable fx sensor lens, that's a full stop slower? makes no sense. oly can't compete on high iso and even marketed that 4/3rds lenses are either smaller or faster.
Summary: I am a major fan of shooting wide angle. My widest lens was the 12-60mm, but I wasn't using it since purchasing the 14-35 (much less distortion at 14mm). Coming into contact with this lens has been absolutely amazing and a new challenge. Wide open the lens is very sharp and stopping down I don't see that major of a difference from wide open (very similar experience with the Olympus SHG lenses).
Olympus 7-14mm f/4 Zuiko Digital review by MartinM
18 October 2012
Summary: I have tested several wide angel lenses Sony Zeiss 16-35 Canon EF 16-35 II Canon EF 17-40 and among these, the Zuiko is the best lens, followed by the Zeiss. Canon has really no wide angle that has usable corners nor an acceptable sharpness wide open. This is really a very nice lens and it does almost not have a disortion at the wide end. Wide open, very far corners become a bit softer. But nothing really I could complain of. Paired with my 14-35, this is THE combo.
Pros: Wide, excellent IQ, almsot without disortion
Excerpt: From shooting ATT Giants Stadium to an Orthodox Church in low light this lens is amazing. The 7-14mm almost acts like my 2.0 14-35 and 35-100 lens. It sucks up the light to produce a very clear image from edge to edge with spectacular colors.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Awesome lens, very expensive, but worth every single penny
8 October 2012
Summary: This is an awesome lens: the pictures are sharp, the colours vivid, the contrast excellent, the vignetting minimal (no small feat for an ultra-wide-angle lens). I use a Leica Vario-Elmarit 14-50 as a standard lens, which is still a bit sharper. But the Olympus 7-14 is by far the best wide-angle lens I have ever had, and it is exhilarating to work with.