The 7-14mm F4 ASPH is an ultra-wideangle zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system, and offers a compelling combination of small size and extreme angle of view. Image quality is very good indeed, and autofocus is fast and silent. However the bulbous front element means that the lens doesn’t accept filters. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 offers a cheaper – but less wide – alternative with broadly similar image quality.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH Lens (Micro Four Thirds Mount)
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“ For a lens that's so wide and so small, its image quality is very impressive indeed.”
- 7-14mm focal length
- 14-28mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
- F4.0 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Image stabilization, via camera body where available
- 0.25m/9.84" minimum focus
- Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||FourThirds|
|Focal length||7–14 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (via camera body where available)|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Aperture notes||rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||4 ED glass elements 2 aspherical elements|
|Minimum focus||0.25 m (9.84″)|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||300 g (0.66 lb)|
|Diameter||70 mm (2.76″)|
|Length||83 mm (3.27″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter notes||no filter thread|
|Hood product code||built-in hood|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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Panasonic has produced an ultra-wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds that is a technological tour de force. Compact and with excellent image quality, it's a superb lens if you can afford the high price.
Landscape or travel photographers looking for a highly portable ultrawide zooms
Not So Good For
Budget-conscious buyers or habitual filter users
the best zoom for panasonic GH2
Very good if you can afford it.
One of the first released m4/3 lenses but despite of that definitely in top of the m4/3 lenses in features and performance. Shorter flange back distance of mirrorless mount allows lot less extreme retrofocus design than for 4/3 DSLRs and makes size lot smaller than any similar ultra wide SLR zoom lens. That makes it nice small to carry in general landscape/nature photography package. For size and ambitious field of view optical performance is very good though lossy software cover up of ...
Useless with Olympus OM EM-5
Good, sharp lens. But it doesn`t work with Olympus OM EM-5 or any other Olympus. Some reflections appears when you try to take picture in this combination having any bright thing in or near of the frame. The reflections as sharp as you can see all parts of the window for example and it can appear on any part of the frame. I was very disappointed. Nobody has told me about this problem and i suppose that nobody knows about it. I tried to to ask Olympus and Pansonic offices about this problem, ...
Spectacular ultra wide angle for M43
This ultra wide angle has the same specification as its 4/3 counterpart, but is far more compact and small, which is the benefit of the mirrorless system. 7mm is a very creative focal length which gives impressive results. In addtion, the iimage quality is very high, on par with the excellent 4/3 7-14. Focus is also instant on Panasonic cameras. Build quality is also of very high standards, though it's not made of metal, it feels sturdy in your hands. The only downside of this lens is that ...
Panasonic 7-14mm and E-PL1?? Any users?
Hi all, I have an OM-D and an E-PL1. I'm considering to buy the Panasonic 7-14mm. I know there is the purple flare problem on the OM-D, however how does this lens work with the E-PL1? Is there also purple flaring with this combination? Any thoughts/experiences? Thanks!
I've tried it a little bit. Yes, you can get flare and purple fringing, but I find it easy to eliminate the fringing in ACR. The E-PL1's limited dynamic range can cause a problem if you're using it on a sunny day; best to bracket & use some sort of HDR to prevent noisy shadows; the exposure can get fooled if you have the sun or a lot of bright clouds in the picture. I guess that's true for any lens, but the 7-14 can get a LOT of sky into a shot. Over all, I prefer to use this lens on my GH2. Here's one sample. The camera was pointed almost straight up towards the vine leaves. I didn't have to correct any fringing in this shot but you can see the flare along a line radiating towards the 11:00 position. Sterling -- Lens Grit Continue Reading
Flare is a property of the lens (and its coatings). Nothing to do with the body! Continue Reading
Any benefit to getting a Pany Body if I have an Oly E-PL5?
Hi all, I recently picked up the Panasonic 7-14mm wide. I'm getting really bad CA and fringing using it on my Oly body. If I got a Panasonic GX1 body and shot with Pany lenses on it would I see an improvement with CA? I shoot in RAW and I'm not sure if the Panasonic in body CA correction happens before the RAW data is written or if it only applies to in camera produced JPGs. Here's an example: - Jeremy
Yes, the correction actually happens even before the light hits the sensor, because the Panasonic bodies have built-in filters that remove more of the problematic light (right at the edge of viewable) than the Olympus ones. The good news is that you don't have to get a new body. See this thread: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51390321 Continue Reading
If you can afford the lens, you can afford an inexpensive Panasonic body to get the best out of it. yes, you will see less purple fringing on Panasonic cameras, and the purple flare will just be regular less obnoxious-looking flare. I'd recommend the G5 if you can find one cheap. Not that they are very deluxe cameras, but the G5 has a better sensor than the GX1, plus a viewfinder. Continue Reading
The Panasonic bodies have a stronger UV filter than the Oly's, which will give improved results in this regard. A 2A UV filter can compensate for this on Oly bodies, but since the 7-14 doesn't take filters. . . one could adapt a gel filter holder on the back of the 7-14 if post correction efforts disappoint. I prefer Oly's paradigm, and haven't gotten around to doing anything to the 7-14 (but I also don't use it much at the moment, there's also flaring and ghosting to contend with due to nature of the front element). But I'd find a way to make the images usable when I did use it, with LR's LaCA/LoCA tools. Removed the purple fringing with CA checkbox and eyedropper (also raised shadows a bit - couldn't stop myself [g]) After the eyedropper use, pulled back a little on blue saturation. A Panny body give you less trouble, but if you really prefer the Oly. . . well, for whatever that's worth. Hope it helps. Continue Reading
Panny 7-14mm Purple Flare on EM-1/ EPL5
Hi after some time using the Panny 7-14 Ive now noticed purple flare appearing around very bright elements in the scene - ie bright windows in a dark hall. Is there any fix for this and does the same thing happen with Panasonic bodies? Does the same thing happen with the Oly 9-18mm or is it unique to the 7-14?
Hi Richard. No, regrettably, I don't have much more to report on the subject, the reason being that neither I or anyone else are (AFAIK) in a position to directly compare the effect of the two filters in side-by-side tests. Possibly, I will have that opportunity in the not so distant future (by getting a piece of 2E from someone in order to compare with the 2A I already have) but I am not sure about that yet. What is known from the specs is that the 2E is stronger than the 2A although not by much. The difference is that the 2E places the cut-point about 10 nm higher in the spectrum. What we also know is that the 2A appears to be sufficient to eliminate the flare more or less completely. So the question is if the 2E provides anything in return for its obvious (but perhaps marginal) disadvantage of taking away more light. It could be that it removes the flare even better and/or is even more effective against purple fringing (which is another area where these filters help). The only ... Continue Reading
Yes 2A is almost impossible to find. 2E will at least work just as good as 2A. You will lose a tiny bit more light because 2E is stronger and pictures might look a tiny bit warmer too but easily corrected. On the plus side 2E might even work a little better for this purpose too, but nobody has tested that, but it will perform equal at least. BTW I use 2A inserted in my PM2 Filter in Pen Continue Reading
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