Very good lens! I needed to shoot a few rooms and small wedding venues and the wide angle of this lens worked wonderfully well to help me capture those images in one shot as opposed to stitching several together. I used it outside a bit too, a few cars and things, it works really well for that also, the wide angle is great for getting awesome shots from wonderful vantage points around automobiles. The only thing I can even possibly say negative about it, is that the design of the lens, means no lens hood, so when used outside you get a lot of light/solar flare. On the whole, another excellent piece of Zuiko glass.
Olympus 7-14mm f/4.0 Zuiko ED
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Lens rental package includes: Front cap and rear cap.
I was eager to rent this lens because I knew I'd be taking more than a few photos in tight quarters. What I wasn't expecting was that it would become my go-to lens for almost my entire trip. After more than two decades of being mainly a macro/telephoto guy, I've only begun to really appreciate wide angle in the past couple of years. This lens is a dream. You do get significant barrel distortion at the widest end of the zoom range. Then again, you're talking about a lens that is even wider than the 8mm fisheye. Taken in that light, the distortion is minimal and quite impressive. Very few of the shots I got with it actually have that characteristic wide angle look to them. The constant aperture is just so sweet.
I do a lot of landscape photography, but I was planning a vacation in Ireland and I felt like the sweeping vistas and rocky coastlines of the country needed something a little wider than my Olympus 11-22mm. The 7-14mm fit the bill perfectly. It's just good glass. It's sharp corner-to-corner at f8 (which seemed to me like the sweet spot) and above, but it delivers decent results even when wide open. No vignetting or fringing that I could see. Focus is accurate and reasonably quick. If you like to use polarizers or other filters, keep in mind that due to the design of the front element, this lens isn't threaded for filters. One note of caution - when used on my E-5 in 'phase detect' autofocus mode, focus was very, very quick and accurate. When I switched to 'contrast detect' autofocus, it seemed to struggle a little more, and when at 7mm (widest angle) it was sometimes unable to autofocus at all. Using an adapter I attached the lens to one of my m4/3rds cameras (CD autofocus only) and had the same problem. That's not a slam against the lens, mind you. I'm certain it wasn't designed with CD autofocus in mind, it only occurred at the widest angle possible, and even then I could always switch to manual focus - which I frequently use for static landscapes anyway. Overall the only negative moment out of this entire rental experience was when I had to pack this little beauty up and send her back.
BL provided the usual excellent service in delivery and quality of the rental lens. As for the lens, most enjoyable for a city walkabout! Enabled many of tight shots in small quarters, street vendor perspectives and indoor candids. In fact, this turned into my go-to lens. Paired with the 35-100 f2, the two lenses gave me the range I needed. Especially for landscape without the bother of post process pano work! One caution is that the slower f number is a definite trade off, some indoor ambient shots fairly noisy, but the field of view was far superior to my 14-35 and worth fixing in post. If you're wondering how much field of view Oly fans will pick up, give it a try, I hope you're as pleased as I was. Will rent this one again!