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Date: 12/05/2015 | By: Mathieu

From Tywyn to London, part I: Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 image samples

olympus 7-14 2.8 pro

From Tywyn to London, part I: Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 image samples

Update: check out the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 complete review here!

Today Olympus announced two extreme wide angle lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system: the 7-14mm f/2.8 and the 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye. We received these two new lenses a few days before travelling to London for the LNDWLK 3.0 event, and with our preparations for our trip to Canada in the mix, we decided to postpone our review for a couple of weeks so that we can have more time to try them in-depth. Of course we didn’t want to let our readers down, so we took as many sample images as possible over the past three days and have shared them here for you to see.

This first gallery features the 7-14mm f/2.8, the third zoom labelled Pro by Olympus in addition to the 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/2.8. It goes into direct competition with the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 with the obvious advantage of having a faster aperture.

Reminder: Also check out our Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye gallery here!


The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO Specs
  • Focal length: 7-14mm
  • Focal length (equiv. 35mm): 14-28mm
  • Maximum aperture: 2.8
  • Minimum aperture: 22
  • Number of aperture blades: 7 rounded
  • Angle of view: 114 – 75°
  • Closest focusing distance: 7.5cm
  • Lens configuration:14 elements / 11 groups
  • Special elements: 2 Aspherical ED, 1 DSA, 1 Aspherical, 3 Super ED, 1 ED and 2 HR elements
  • Lens surface coating: Yes (Zero Coating)
  • Maximum image magnification: 0.12x (max.)
  • Optical Image Stabilizer: None
  • Dimensions: φ78.9 Ø, 105.8 mm
  • Filter diamater: None
  • Weight: 534g

First impressions of the Olympus 7-14 2.8

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the most important features of this lens, as well as my first impressions after the first three days of use:

  • Build quality: Excellent like the other Pro lenses such as the 12-40mm f/2.8. It is weather resistant (splash, dust and freeze proof).
  • Size/Weight: Heavier and slightly larger than the 12-40mm Pro lens. The handling on the E-M1 remains excellent. With the E-M5, E-M10 and E-M5 II, I would consider the optional landscape grip to have a more balanced combination.
  • Ease of use: Includes the manual focus clutch and L-Fn button like the 12-40mm.
  • Optical performance: The minimum focus distance is 7.5cm throughout the entire zoom range. This is useful for creating some shallow depth-of-field that would otherwise be more difficult to achieve with a short focal length.
  • Optical quality: Excellent sharpness at f/2.8 in the centre and good sharpness in the corners. Distortion is very well contained considering the extreme wide angle. Some lens flare is present when there are light sources at the edge of the frame or when sun rays are coming from the left/right, especially at 7mm because the lens protrudes more. I also found some occasional purple fringing as well which is not surprising on the Micro Four Thirds system.
  • Accessories: There isn’t a filter thread. Lee Filters recently announced the SW150 Mark II filter system for ultra wide angles. I hope they will include this lens on the compatibility list in the future.
  • Price and availability: Retail price is €1299 and the lens should be available from June 2015.

Below you can also check out a new hands-on video with better audio than the first one we did in Prague a few months ago. The video includes some image and video samples as well.

 

And now I will let the images do the talking! You will find a large gallery of image samples categorised by photographic genre (landscape, architecture, etc.). Make sure to scroll down to the end where you will also find some original files to download.

Let us know in the comments at the end of this post what you think about the images!



Landscape image samples

olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/640, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/400, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/500, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/800, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 14mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/800, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/1000, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 13mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/1250, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 14mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/400, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/640, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/800, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – 7mm

Architecture image samples

olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/1250, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
AGING, 1/1000, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 14mm
olympus 7-14mm 2.8 image samples
E-M1, 1/400, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm f2.8 pro
E-M1, 1/500, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 9mm
olympus 7-14mm f2.8 pro
E-M1, 1/80, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm f2.8 pro
E-M1, 1/400, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 pro
E-M1, 1/1000, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 pro
E-M1, 1/6, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – 10mm
olympus 7-14 pro
E-M1, 1/5, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 pro
E-M1, 1/3, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 2.8 pro
E-M1, 0.4s, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 14mm

Interior image samples

olympus 7-14 2.8 pro
E-M1, 1/2, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 2.8 pro
E-M1, 4/10, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 2.8 pro
E-M1, 1/2, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 f2.8
E-M1, 1/4, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 f2.8
E-M1, 1/320, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 f2.8
E-M1, 1/25, f/ 4, ISO 200 – 9mm

Close distance image samples

olympus 7-14 f2.8
E-M1, 1/2500, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 f2.8
E-M1, 1/100, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 14mm
olympus 7-14mm
E-M5 mark II, 1/8000, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm
E-M5 mark II, 1/8000, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 14mm

Flares image samples

olympus 7-14mm
E-M1, 1/1000, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14mm
E-M1, 1/400, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 2.8
E-M1, 1/250, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 7mm
olympus 7-14 2.8
E-M1, 1/800, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 8mm
olympus 7-14 2.8
E-M1, 1/160, f/ 8, ISO 200 – 9mm
olympus 7-14 2.8
E-M1 1/3, f/ 2.8, ISO 200 – 7mm

Finally, you can download some Raw and OOC JPG files below including a few High Res Shots taken with OM-D E-M5 mark II.

What do you think of the new M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8? Will it have a place in your collection?

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About the author: Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu Gasquet is a professional photographer with French and Italian origins. Besides running his own video and photography studio 3Dit Lab, he is also the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • soundimageplus

    You’ve put the case for m4/3 very nicely.

  • Sean T

    Would you want a set of f2.8 zooms for the Sony a7 family? Those lenses would be enormous and expensive, and possibly even unwieldly with the relatively small bodies they have. At that point, wouldn’t a D750 make more sense?
    Anyway, a set of pro-spec f4’s wouldn’t be bad. No, I don’t think the Zony 24-70 or the overpriced 70200G count.

  • http://www.mirrorlessons.com Mathieu

    Thanks David. I’ll take more high res shot with the lens in mu upcoming trip to Canada 😉

  • soundimageplus

    Nice review of a nice lens. Olympus are the first mirrorless / CSC / EVIL etc. manufacturer to provide the set of ‘pro-spec’ f/2.8 throughout zoom lenses and it’s good to see. Unfortunately it seems I will have to buy this as I don’t think I can live without 7mm and a 64MP raw file!!!!

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