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Do you think there will be more wide angle options?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by plantain, May 13, 2014.

  1. plantain

    plantain Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2014
    Halifax, NS Canada
    Do you think there will be more wide angle options besides the Olympus 9-18mm and the upcoming 7-14mm 2.8 Pro?
    I know Panasonic has their 7-14mm f4 but I will probably wait for the 17-14 2.8 Pro as it is will be weather-sealed where the Panasonic is not.

    I'm just curious because Canon introduced their 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM lens for $299.00. It is specifically designed for the APS-C sensor.
    The other wide angle for the APS-C was the 10-22mm which was a really nice lens but more expensive. It gives Canon users a inexpensive wide angle alternative.

    It would be nice to have an inexpensive wide option for m43.

    I guess I just miss my wide angle!
  2. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    May 21, 2013
    The 10-18mm Canon is really interesting. At least based on MTF charts, it is better than the Canon 10-22 EF-S, which was one of the best ultrawides on APS-C. The fact that the 10-18 is $299 is even more amazing.

    I'm hoping Olympus or Panasonic can do a reasonably priced 8-16mm. The 9-18mm is decent, but overpriced for its performance, and 18mm equivalent really isn't very wide once you've used a 14mm lens on full-frame ;) 
  3. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Kowa has an 8.5mm lens announced which I believe is rectilinear (non-fisheye), however it will probably not be cheap.

    I need 8mm or less for occasional real estate photos though, so I'm waiting to see how the Oly 7-14mm will be before deciding.

  4. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    I posted the same comment elsewhere - I know it's only f4.5-5.6, but a stabilised lens this size for $299?? - unbelievable!
    Similar size to the Panny 7-14 but 60g lighter - AND IT TAKES FILTERS!
  5. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    But 10-18 is barely into ultrawide if it was M43. One really needs 8 or better 7.
  6. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    That's equivalent to 15-24.....
  7. Qiou87

    Qiou87 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2013
    Paris, France
    Actually that's 16-29mm equivalent, seeing as Canon has 1.6x crop factor (I know, weird). In any case this new Canon lens just highlights the lack of any affordable quality UWA in the m4/3 system. What I also do not get is why Rokinon/Samyang doesn't do a 7 or 8mm rectilinear prime. Seeing as lots of people bought their 7,5mm fisheye, I'm sure they could have a sufficient market. I miss my Samyang 16mm f/2.8 (on FF)...
  8. mistermark

    mistermark Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    Given that there are already 7-14 and 9-18 zooms and soon a second 7-14, but the widest AF reticlinear prime is 12mm, I think we're overdue to get a prime non-fisheye lens wider than 12mm. Ideally, I'd like to see a Zuiko somewhere between 8 and 10mm, 46mm filter thread, available in black, ideally weather-sealed, same pull-back focus ring as the 12 and 25, ideally maximum aperture 2.0 but would accept 2.8 if performance wide open is strong and the filter thread can be kept to 46mm.
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