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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO

9 February 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros
  • solid and weather-sealed casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • silent, very fast and accurate autofokus,
  • unique parameters.

Cons:

  • weak performance against bright light,
  • very high distortion level for RAW files,
  • no possibility to attach classic filters.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7–14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO is undoubtedly a very interesting instrument, supplementing the offer of Micro Four Thirds lenses and enhancing the competitiveness of that system, especially if compared to other mirrorless formats. It provides excellent image quality in the frame centre and a sensible quality on the edge of a very wide field of view. Still the slip-up concerning the work against bright light is painful; the one concerning distortion not so much because even after its software correction and cropping of the frame the angle of view remains very close to the declared one. If you don’t feel the need to correct the distortion you might enjoy a field of view of even 120 degrees – a value users of other systems can only dream of.


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In our opinion, however, the price of the lens, reaching 5000 PLN, is too steep. We understand that it is the most advanced PRO series but it is also apparent the producer is trying to economize, manufacturing the lens in China – shouldn’t that fact be also reflected by the retail price tag? Especially that the flaws connected to the “plasticized” area of the mount of another advanced model, the M.Zuiko Digital 12–40 mm f/2.8 ED PRO, proved such economizing might leave a bad taste in the producer’s collective mouth.