Robin Wong reviews Olympus 7-14 f2.8 Pro

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Holoholo55, May 18, 2015.

  1. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
  2. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 2, 2010
    Arizona
    Looks pretty darn good!
     
  3. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    He makes every lens look good, though, doesn't he?
     
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  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think Olympus was smart to hire him!
     
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  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    He is pretty free with his processing methods. He works from RAW and used Olympus Viewer 3 as a start and then a bunch of freeware processing software. If you do a search for it, you can find a few blogs he wrote, outlining the process. I've used it myself here just recently and the OV3 works way better than Lightroom CC in retaining details from the RAW files.
     
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  6. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    Thanks for the link. I do wish if people wanted to call a threesome of lenses a "trinity", they do just that.
     
  7. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Robin gets wonderful results. His macros, portraits, and street shots are just amazing. I think he would get good results with any camera and lens because he's just very good, but there's no question that lens is outstanding. Did you check the corner crops? Very nice.
     
  8. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    1) Looks like a great lens, and 2) He is the Don Draper of the photo world. A really skilled marketing guy!
     
  9. johnvanatta

    johnvanatta Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 5, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    To be fair, almost all the lenses Olympus has released recently have been excellent or superb; he's not the only one saying it.
     
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  10. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    No, but he is paid to say it. Its advertising.
     
  11. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    Every lens he tests looks wonderful. A credit to his skills as a photographer.

    The only thing disappointing about the lens, to me, is the inability to use filters.
     
  12. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Good examples of the pros and cons of a rectilinear UWA. I'm not sure I agree with his gushing written assessment of corner performance though.
     
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  13. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    Are you sure about this? I've read all his articles and many comments and he states often that he uses only OV3 with minor tweaks.

    EDIT: see point 3 of the disclaimer:

    3. All images were shot in RAW and converted directly to JPEG (High Quality) via Olympus Viewer 3.

    (of course I cannot say if it is true but I never find the pictures to be overprocessed)
     
  14. pinoyborian

    pinoyborian Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 3, 2012
    Peterborough UK
    Jerry Sisican
    if you check out the particular blogpost on his workflow you would know that he also uses Snapseed (desktop version) and ACDSee for editing - http://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/my-post-processing-for-blogging-purposes.html
     
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  15. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    I think that images shown in personal blog post (the "shutter therapy" kind) could be processed differently than images used for official reviews (as stated above).

    Anyway I do not find any extreme processing here: Snapseed for B&W and ACDSee Powerpack: not exactly tools for complex processing.
     
  16. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    I do see some distortion in the corners, especially on the astrophotography shots. But is this something one must simply accept with UWA lenses, or can it be managed better?
     
  17. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Atlanta
    When you head into UWA and fisheye territory, distortion is part of the entry criteria. But you have worlds of post processing tools to bend and crop the image as you see fit.
     
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  18. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I would have loved this lens or the Panny 7-14 but the lack of filters is a deal killer so I will stay with my 9-18 Oly until they come out with a super wide prime. I wish they had added the ability to do drop-in filters in the rear.

    That or give us 5 ISO in the camera ;)
     
  19. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    I've just read here that this from Lee filters may be an option.
     
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  20. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I used to use square gel filters when I shot medium and large format but when I returned to more serious photography AK (after kids) I decided to downsize to MFT and using the larger gels are cumbersome on the small cameras. I have some ND gels I have used on occasion but find them a pain when I go hiking.

    And yes, if you ever saw some idiot hiking on the Appalachian Trail 40 years ago with a view camera, that was probably me. ;)