Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F4.0
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Terrific Lens, Beware of the Learning Curve
29 June 2013
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: 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).
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.
Excellent wide angle zoom lens for 4/3 format DSLR's
1 February 2012
Summary: The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 7mm - 14 mm F/4.o Lens is a member of the best quality lenses that Olympus makes for their 4/3 format E series DSLR cameras. It is a nearly perfect lens that zooms from extreme wide angle to moderate wide angle with no vignetting or unusual image distortion other the distortion that is characteristic of all wide angle lenses. It is f/4.0 throughout its zoom range. It focuses very fast.
Summary: A 14-28mm equivalent, this is one sweet lens! Now I can stop being concerned about "not wide enough" and frankly, it's so sharp that I stopped thinking about stitching panoramas together. Olympus glass is really great stuff!
Summary: Excellent lens, well built. It comes with a cover (to limit the risk of damage) and case. I thought I would use it only for a few selected shots, instead I find myself using it very often, in very diverse occasions. I now always bring it with me, and, with the 50-200, this lens is certainly one of my best purchases. The depth the 7-14 gives to the picture is amazing, the distortion is minimal and it does not take long to learn how to use this lens.
Summary: I had been thinking about getting this lens for a long time but held off due to the price. However, I finally decided to make the purchase as a splurge for myself. I am glad I made this decision. As with Olympus DSLR products in general, this lens is well constructed. It is a bit on the heavy side but that's to be expected given the amount of glass in it.
Summary: This lens is amazing. Very little distortion even at 7mm. I use if for group shots in tight environments and have been thoroughly impressed. Just finished a technical shoot, close-in hand work - extended arm, with a need to include the shoulder of the operator. Wish I could share the image - again, amazing. Highly recommend this lens. Especially coupled with the E-5. Reviews I've read said it was heavy. It is, but quite manageable.
Summary: It's commonly said that ultra-wide lenses have only very specific uses---implying that one would use them far less often than their wide-to-normal range cousins. Much has been written that this lens, by its design offers no ability to place a filter in front of it. Having said that, I've used this lens quite a bit, and find it a delightful, nearly general-purpose lens for shooting landscape work.