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

9 February 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

First let’s check the vignetting performance of the tested lens for JPEG files – the appropriate thumbnails can be found below.

E-PL1, JPEG, 7 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, JPEG, 7 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, JPEG, 10 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, JPEG, 10 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, JPEG, 14 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, JPEG, 14 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting


At the most difficult combination of 7 mm focal length and f/2.8 aperture the lens loses 38% (−1.39 EV) of light in the frame corners. On the one hand it’s a lot, on the other, if you remember about the extreme parameters you deal with, such a result doesn’t seem very bad at all. On stopping down the aperture to f/4.0 the vignetting level decreases to 27% (−0.91 EV), and by f/5.6 it drops further to 20% (−0.65 EV). Any other decrease should be called slight because by f/8.0 that aberration reaches 16% (−0.51 EV).


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In the middle of the focal range the situation improves. At the maximum relative aperture the vignetting is 32% (−1.10 EV), and by f/4.0 it reaches a moderate level of 16% (−0.51 EV). Further stopping down makes that aberration decrease to near 14–15% (about −0.46 EV) and it never manages to get lower than that.

The maximum focal length means again a slight decrease of vignetting – by f/2.8 that aberration reaches 31% (−1.09 EV), and by f/4.0 it decreases to 14% (−0.43 EV). By the f/5.6 aperture we got a result of 13% (−0.42 EV).

Now let’s check the situation for RAW files.

E-PL1, RAW, 7 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, RAW, 7 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, RAW, 10 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, RAW, 10 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, RAW, 14 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, RAW, 14 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 7-14 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting


Due to the fact that after correcting the distortion the image is noticeably cropped, RAW files feature a wider angle of view so the vignetting results are higher as well. A combination of 7 mm and f/2.8 means the brightness loss of as much as 54% (−2.27 EV). On stopping down to f/4.0 it decreases to 46% (−1.79 EV). Further stopping down doesn’t have any measurable influence on the vignetting level.

At longer focal lengths, where the progress from RAWs to JPEGs means just slight cropping of images, the RAW results are only 1-3% higher than the JPEG vignetting results.

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

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

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