Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO - Review / Test Report - Samples & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 7.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 7.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 7.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/640s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/640s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 10.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO left a bit of a mixed impression. Actually prior of this test I took it on vacation but the results were a bit short of my expectation - primarily because of the field curvature issue at 7mm which I didn't know about at the time. When keeping the field curvature in mind and act accordingly, you can certainly achieve very good results. The center quality is breathtaking whereas the outer image region has be handled with care when shooting below 10mm at least (pull the focus a bit). Image distortions aren't relevant from a user perspective. That being said it is also obvious that the auto-correction comes at the price of a bit of softness - it is simply not lossless. Vignetting as well as lateral CAs are a lesser concern. Despite its immense front element it is also worth to emphasize that the M.Zuiko is surprisingly flare-resistant (relative to others in this class).

In terms of build quality, the Olympus is up there with the very best and it's a joy to use in the real life. The noiseless and fast AF are something we got used to in the Olympus universe but it's worth to mention nonetheless.

At the end of the day, there is, of course, the big question whether to prefer the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO over the Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f/4 ASPH. The Olympus lens is obviously faster so if low light shooting is your thing, this is obviously already the answer. However, in my case the Panasonic lens will remain in my stock because of its smaller size and better field curvature.

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