Panasonic 7-14 or Olympus 11-18 + Pansonic 12/2.5

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by hunyuan7, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. hunyuan7

    hunyuan7 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Trying to weigh value and usefulness: Panasonic 7-14 or Olympus 11-18 + Panasonic 12/2.5

    I am planning to buy a Panasonic G3 and would like to shoot wide angle outdoors and indoors. Which you would go with or do you have any other ideas?
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd go straight for either the 7-14 or 12 f/2. Why skimp? Get the best outright.
  3. Holmes375

    Holmes375 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2010
    Rocky Mountains, USA
    I'm facing the wide zoom decision, too. Common sense tells me the Olympus 9-18mm is the most versatile focal length range and logical choice given its price point and the fact it gives up very little in terms of performance to the more expensive Panasonic lens.

    But.... that blasted 7-14mm just seems to have the draw of quality about it :)
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    The 7-14 is an optic beauty. It's worth the price of admission in my opinion.
  5. hunyuan7

    hunyuan7 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Do you find the 4.0 aperture sufficient for indoor low light photographs? I was considering the 14/2.5 for this reason.
  6. Andrew Riddell

    Andrew Riddell Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 21, 2010
    The difference between 9 and 7mm is wider than you might think!

    The 7-14 is a class act (as good as the Oly FT equivalent for all practical purposes, and that's saying something!).

    If you feel you need filters or the lightest weight, the 9-18 may suit you better. It's also a fine lens (I don't own it, but I have tried it).

    As always, it depends on what subjects you like.

    For what it's worth, I was touring Norfolk last weekend and found I used only the 7-14 and the Oly 14-150 (despite having some FT lenses & adaptor in the boot just in case). In Norwich Cathedral, in particular, and a couple of other restricted sites I needed that extra 2mm! If you're into architecture, it makes it so much easier to get your verticals vertical! Although landscapes aren't my thing, I suspect that the extra width wouldn't be so useful there.

    Of course, all of this assumes that price is not a factor.

    I hope these ramblings have helped.

  7. chuckgoolsbee

    chuckgoolsbee Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    I'll second that notion. By far my favorite bit of glass I've ever swung in the direction of my desire.
  8. 43hk

    43hk Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2010
    The 7-14 Panasonic pulled me in to m43. I need a wide angle for work and this was the perfect combination of weight and angle. Then I discovered many other good things.

    It's the lack of straightening required in photoshop that makes this a winner.

    Don't be put off by the f4 designation. I've hand held shots at night and still managed to get most of them without blur.

    I also use this to shoot at 12-14mm quite often. The good contrast makes this a good lens for black and white.

    Worth every dollar. Perfect for Architecture, cars, interiors, street shooting and landscape.
  9. htc

    htc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
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    AND the 9-18 is flimsy and ugly as hell. Okay, good, flimsy and ugly as hell.