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wide lens for the OM-D

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jerrykur, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. jerrykur

    jerrykur Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Northern CA

    I am looking to expand my lens collection and am looking for a widish lens for my new OM-D. I looked at the Pana 7-14 but the flare issue looks too frustrating. What are my other options>

  2. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    the cheapest option is the magical panny 14mm, this GEM of a lens is just fabulous, my goto dayshot lens for lanscapes and Indian ruins, abandoned homes, indoor museum shots, this lens alone kept me in micro 4/3rds, often leaving my DSLR's at home...

    14mm, OMD, Heavensville daddy-o....
  3. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    If you want to go bellow 10mm you have two other options.
    The Oly 9-18 small and good and not very expensive. Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm fisheye that can be de-fished when needed. I own the Rokinon and tested the Oly. The Rokinon give you a wider then the P7-14 with the added fish-eye effect when wanted.
  4. ccunningham

    ccunningham Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    At the risk of angering the populace (which isn't my intention,) the 14mm I have is okay, but I'm not as impressed with it as some people seem to be.

    Don't get me wrong it's not bad and terrible, but neither is the 17mm I have. In fact my copies of these two lenses seem about the same as far as the images they make. (A statement which will likely bring the pitchforks and torches to my castille, but I stand by it for the lenses I have.) But they aren't gobsmacking like my copy of the 25mm (seriously I bought mine and almost cancelled the order since I already have the 20mm, and after using the 25mm I'm glad I didn't cancel it.) But that's seems to be just me, so I'm assuming that I have a fairly good 17mm and a fairly mediocre 14mm. So YMMV.

    The 14mm is smaller and focuses quieter than the 17mm, both of which are advantages.

    I also have the mZD 9-18 and I like it fine, but the aperture is fairly slow and it has the collapsible zoom design so you have to deploy it to use it and fiddle with the lock to collapse it. It's nice that I can use filters on it though, which was one of the main reasons I wanted it instead of the 7-14.

    You could also get the 12mm Olympus if you wanted something fast and pretty wide. It seems to be generally highly regarded, but I haven't been able to afford one.
  5. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Personally I don't experience that much flare from the 7-14. When it occurs I seldom find it bothersome. Rather than a detraction, it can also be viewed as an aesthetics element, often found in cinematography too.

    The lens is a wonderful tool for specific types of shooting that has a large following. Many among us seldom shoot beyond 7mm.

    This was shot directly into the sun. there is only a hint of flare in front of the boat that certainly doesn't diminish it's overall content.

    1/400 sec, f/18, ISO 160, FL 7mm
    DMC-GH2    ---    13mm    f/18.0    1/400s    ISO 160
  6. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    Oly 9-18, small, light weight, can mount filter and relatively reasonable price.

    or you can get the oly 12mm, excellent build and optical quality, f/2 fast aperture but pricey, yet it doesn't have the dramatic effect of an UWA like the 9-18
  7. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    The 9-18 will not make the most of the 16mp sensor, but it is not a lens that has any obvious flaws besides this. The sharpness is pretty even from center to edge, and it doesn't have any aberrations that could spoil your images. I think on any system it would be seen as a pretty solid lens, but it would probably be about three times the size. If the reduced weight or the ability to take filters is useful to you, I would say it is a no-brainer.
  8. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Has anyone tried the SHG zuiko 7-14 with an adaptor?
  9. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    The 9-18 is a wonderful little,light lens which I use mainly while traveling.The twist out set up is kind of a pain but a worthwhile trade off for it's small size.Like littleMT,I use the 14 for most everyday situations and find it just wide enough to see the world the way I want to.
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I shoot with the OM-D and have these WA lenses:

    1) P7-14
    I love this lens. Shooting into a light source will create purple CA and a bit of flare (most lenses will create some sort of flare especially at large apertures). The flare doesn't bother me much, the CA is quite annoying but both Aperture and LR4 have easy and quick fixes for CA.

    E-M5    ---    7mm    f/4.0    1/60s    ISO 1600

    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 7mm, 1/60, f/4, ISO 1600

    2) O12mm
    Very Sharp, very fast for a WA. No complaints whatsoever. Just a great all-around WA lens.
    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.12mm F2.0    12mm    f/11.0    1/180s    ISO 400

    OM-D w/ 12mm, 1/180, f/11, ISO 400

    3) P14mm
    Most cluck for the buck of any µ4/3 lens. It's a pancake (which is a very good thing). It has a slightly-better-than-okay wide aperture (I use f/2.8 as a minimun aperture baseline). It is sharp, focuses fast ... just a nicely performing lens.
    DMC-GF1    ---    14mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 200

    GF1 w/ P14mm, 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 200

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  11. jerrykur

    jerrykur Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Northern CA
  12. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I think those are extreme examples and the occurrence of this type/amount of flare happens rarely with normal shooting. (Everybody's mileage will vary.) I find the 7mm end wonderful, the lens sharpness equally wonderful all wrapped up in a solid build. Personally, I think the lack of filters is more important and significantly impacts the usability of this lens more so than the CA and flare. But, YMMV.


    E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0    7mm    f/4.0    1/60s    ISO 1600

    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 7mm, 1/60, f/4, ISO 1600

    E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0    7mm    f/11.0    1/125s    ISO 400

    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 7mm, 1/125, f/11, ISO 400

    E-M5    LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0    7mm    f/9.5    1/350s    ISO 400

    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 7mm, 1/350, f/9.5, ISO 400

    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 7mm, 1/30, f/6.7, ISO 400

  13. arentol

    arentol Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    It is actually very hard to make a suggestion without knowing what you have already and whether you are looking only for a UWA lens or if you would be fine with a WA lens. Also it would be helpful to know how important being able to use filters with the lens is to you.


    Your UWA options are:

    Samyang 7.5mm FE, Panasonic 8mm FE, Panasonic 7-14, Olympus 9-18mm, various adapted lenses.

    Your WA options are:

    Olympus 12mm, Panasonic 12-35mm, Olympus 12-50mm, Panasonic 14mm, various kit lenses, various adapted lenses.
  14. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    For a while this year, I used the DMW-GWC1 wide angle adapter (about $110) on my Panasonic 14 to get about 11mm. It was an inexpensive way to get wide angle, even though the P14 is a purple fringer.The adapter has rings to fit either 37 or 46mm threads, so it will also work on a Panasonic 14-42 or a Oly 14-42 MK II.

    Later, I added a used Olympus 9-18 zoom. It's a nice lens, but at 11mm and 14mm, I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and the above combo, which is a little disappointing for a $500 lens. However, the 9-18 is quite versatile.
  15. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    I have the PL25, 20mm, 12-50, 75-200, 45mm, and I find the 14mm
    to be as sharp as all of them, and very colorful.

    the magical 14mm:

    E-PL1    ---    14mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 200

    E-PL1    ---    14mm    f/2.5    8s    ISO 160

    E-PL1    ---    14mm    f/2.5    1/20s    ISO 200

    E-PL1    ---    14mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 200

    E-PL1    ---    14mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    ISO 200

    E-PL1    ---    14mm    f/3.2    1/1600s    ISO 200

    I can honestly say, if I had to sell off lenses for some reason, the 14mm would be the last one to go. This jewel can be had on the cheap, I bought mine for $169 dollars on ebay, and it's output has rewarded me 100 fold.

    the panny 14mm, no camera bag should be without one.
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