Andy Westlake assesses the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO, a fast wideangle zoom for Micro Four Thirds

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 Pro


Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO Review


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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO review – Introduction

Read our accompanying review of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye f/1.8 PRO 

While compact system cameras first appeared as portable options for photographers looking for decent image quality without the bulk and complexity of an SLR, recently they’ve moved more into the enthusiast and professional realm. Models like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II now offer features, speed and build quality to rival the best APS-C SLRs.

There’s little point in having such aspirational cameras without equally good lenses, and to this end Olympus has started to build up a top-end ‘PRO’ line of optics. Launched alongside the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO is a premium wideangle zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. It’s designed to accompany the existing 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/2.8, with these three lenses covering a total range equivalent to 7-300mm – all at f/2.8. With an RRP of £999.99, though, it’s not exactly cheap.

The 7-14mm isn’t the only wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds, with the highly-regarded Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4 ASPH covering the same range but with a stop slower aperture for around £850, and the minuscule Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 punching well above its weight at around £460. What the new 7-14mm is designed to offer, aside from the faster maximum aperture, is Olympus’s premium optics and build quality, including a splashproof design.

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO image samples

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 image samples

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 image samples

  1. 1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO review - Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 review - Image quality
  4. 4. Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 review - Technical tests
  5. 5. Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 review - Shading and distortion
  6. 6. Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 review - Conclusion
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  • Yeti owner

    Peter, I must admit to sharing your views on this, I too invested in the E-series and was getting a really nice range of kit, and then it was gone.

    Like a mug though I thought use the adaptor and my existing lenses and go for the OM-D EM1, but not overly impressed. The new Pro lenses are really good, but they are taking an age to appear, I am still waiting for the vaunted 300mm lens which was promised 2 years ago but still not available, if you launch something for pities sake launch the essentials to go with it at the same time. The EM5 mk2 seems to beat the EM1 on MegaPixels but….

  • photohounds

    Better under water, too?
    … 100% more light? It simply costs more to do that.
    Ditto metal and weather resistant.

    So there are 3 good choices now. This 7-18mm Zuiko, the cheaper, less well made unsealed, slower but lighter Panasonic which USED to cost this much (and needs the “Anders mod” to be better on Olympus bodies – a UV issue, apparently), or .. the even cheaper 9-18mm Zuiko.

    I can’t see why having 3 lenses to choose from is a bad thing.

  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid

    There is, indeed, great derp in that post.

  • Peter Thompson

    The comment “It’s a hefty investment to buy into a whole new system” is extremely relevant when you consider that Olympus’ track record on producing great systems to buy into is not good. I am of course referring to the original E System. This system was touted as being a full professional system, and granted at the time it was good, very good in many aspects especially the Pro lenses. Where is that system now? I, like many others ‘bought into this system’ on the promise made by Olympus and it’s agents that this was the kit to have and would be fully supported……..what happened to that promise. Having been let down so badly in the past I find it impossible to put my trust into this brand, no matter how good the product appears to be.

  • David

    You said “You don’t need 2.8 on wide angled m43 since you have a ton of depth of field”

    Low light? Derp much? What is with you fools that think f stop is ALWAYS about dof? It’s about light gathering.

  • respectful

    UWA lenses should be manually zone focused in order to get maximum corner sharpness. Focus bracketing also helps. I doubt if that was done here.

  • Melba Toast

    The olympus 7-14 pro weighs almost twice as much as the panasonic 7-14mm (only 300 grams). Also the olympus costs $600 more. Why? You don’t need 2.8 on wide angled m43 since you have a ton of depth of field – no chance for isolation. Do a comparison with the panasonic 7-14mm; i’d like to see those results but I doubt the olympus will be sharper. Also, there is PURPLE flare on some of the images you took – why hasn’t the olympus lens fixed this problem?