March 24, 2016 by Greg
Versatile Fisheye
I bought this lens to expand my focal range. However, I found the this lens is extremely versatile. I use it much more than I ever thought I would. The biggest surprise is how much I use it at the 7mm end of the scale. The widest "fish eye" position gives amazing results and it is much sharper than my only manual focus 16mm. But it is bigger than the old OM lens, I am not complaining though as it is a zoom and has that unbelievable F2.0 through the whole range. I have yet to experience any flare or aberrations. The close focus eliminates the need for a macro. Fantastic lens.
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March 17, 2016 by Marko'
Took the plunge and was very pleased
I am a careful shopper, the price tag on this baby was pretty tall for my bank account but I have always loved the look of super wide angle and this looked promising. I am a photo enthusiast and travel for surf photography. This lens far surpassed my expectations, built solid and weather sealed this is a great lens. I was really pleased about the f2.8 and the depth of field it allowed for some great photography in tight situations and small aperture for some crazy-beautiful landscape shots. All around I'm so glad I spent the money, it compliments my 12-40 well. Thanks to Olympus for making such a great piece of glass.
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March 9, 2016 by Shane A.
Great handful of glass
After YEARS of full sized (full frame/APS-C and similar) digital cameras and pro glass, it's a relief to find a FAST and clear MFT camera AND lens to replace them with. Used this lens and a PenF at an event in a restaurant with ambient lighting and had a BALL being totally un-noticed thanks to the speed of the glass and no flash. Only had 2 issues in 4 hours where the lens hunted to focus and it WAS quite dark in the room. No regrets on this lens at all.
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February 6, 2016 by Jerry
Extremely Sharp Lens; Best Wide Angle
I received my 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens Jan 29, and have shot the equivalent of about 8 rolls of film with this lens and my E-M1. This lens is extremely sharp and contrasty. It certainly earns its “Pro” designation. The 7-14 Pro is a Beauty of a lens; a bit heavy at 534 g, but easily manageable. The snap focus ring works just like the 12-40 and 40-150 Pro lenses, and is a delight to use. This lens is all about perspective! I have a 21mm lens for my OM-1 film camera, and it is really wide, but nothing like this lens. My 9-18mm lens for my E-5, which is 18-36mm equivalent, beats the 21mm for perspective effects... but this 7-14mm lens opens a whole new world of perspective control. I notice that I seem to be a mile from my subject when shooting at 7mm (14mm in 35 mm format), so part of using this lens is learning to control the perspective effects, especially when close to your subject. But when you zoom to the other end of the zoom range, you get a very useful 28mm or 24mm wide angle (14 or 12 mm respectively) to get normal wide angle shots. The zoom ring is marked: 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, for all the popular focal lengths (double the numbers for 35mm equiv). This lens satisfies all my needs for wide angle shooting. I took it downtown to shoot some skyscrapers. I was able to get about a half block away, and be able to use the 14mm focal length. I was close enough that I had to tilt my camera up while holding it in vertical format, to get the top of the building. I got a well exposed shot with the building tapering away from me. Next I turned ON the Keystone Affect, and re-composed the same shot, but now dialed in the amount of keystone affect to eliminate the building tapering away from me; I got the sides of the buildings squared up nicely using the keystone option. (I had practiced using keystone affect before getting the 7-14mm lens). Lots of versatility with the 7-14mm Pro mounted to the E-M1 (or E-M5 II, or Pen-F), using Keystone Affect. Lots of versatility for the Pro or Semi Pro photographer (or advanced or serious amateur as well) with the 7-14 and Any camera.
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December 26, 2015 by Glenn
built like a tank
If you need an ultra-wide angle lens this is your choice. And it is a great choice. Fantastic results as you would expect. It's a bit heavy but balances well on the E-M1. It's also built like a tank. I dropped mine at a temple in Siem Reap. Fell from waist high onto a stone walkway and then bounced down a couple more feet to the level below. I expected the worst. Luckily the lens cap was in place. I put it back on the camera and it worked perfectly. So, while I don't recommend dropping it, I was pleased that the fall didn't kill my $1100+ lens.Just a scratch on the lens cap is the only "damage". The only thing that annoys me is Olympus' lens pricing strategy which seems to amount to having a high MSRP and then constantly offering "sales" of $100-200 off. Just make it a reasonable price to begin with and stop the silly games.
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