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

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

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Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 review – Shading and distortion

Our tests show that the 7-14mm show relatively low levels of vignetting, certainly not enough to be disturbing. At worst we see an illumination falloff of about 0.5 stops in the corner of the frame.

Olympus 7-14mm: shading at 7mm f/2.8

Olympus 7-14mm: shading at 7mm f/2.8

Olympus 7-14mm: shading at 10mm f/2.8

Olympus 7-14mm: shading at 10mm f/2.8

Olympus 7-14mm: shading at 14mm f/2.8

Olympus 7-14mm: shading at 14mm f/2.8

 

Distortion

Most Micro Four Thirds lenses are designed around in-camera distortion correction, with some barrel distortion usually allowed in the image that’s projected onto the sensor, to enable better correction of other optical aberrations. This distortion is then corrected in software throughout the process of viewing and taking a photograph, in a fashion that means few photographers will even notice that it’s going on, let alone care.

Our tests reveal that the 7mm works to this design, with distortion near-perfectly eliminated in JPEG processing, As the correction parameters are also stored in the raw file, most raw converters should be able to apply equally effective compensation.

Olympus 7-14mm at 7mm - corrected JPEG

Olympus 7-14mm at 7mm – corrected JPEG

Olympus 7-14mm at 10mm - corrected JPEG

Olympus 7-14mm at 10mm – corrected JPEG

Olympus 7-14mm at 14mm - corrected JPEG

Olympus 7-14mm at 14mm – corrected JPEG

It is however possible to use a raw converter that doesn’t necessarily apply corrections, such as DCRaw. Looking at uncorrected raw files this way, we see that the 7-14mm shows quite strong barrel distortion at wideangle, which progressively reduces to near-perfect correction at the 14mm position.

Olympus 7-14mm at 7mm - uncorrected raw

Olympus 7-14mm at 7mm – uncorrected raw

Olympus 7-14mm at 10mm - uncorrected raw

Olympus 7-14mm at 10mm – uncorrected raw

Olympus 7-14mm at 14mm - uncorrected raw

Olympus 7-14mm at 14mm – uncorrected raw

  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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