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Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 (for Micro 4/3)
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The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 (for Micro 4/3)
The first “professional grade” lens made specifically for the Micro 4/3 mount, the 7-14mm f/4 is nice and compact at 3x2.75 inches. It contains 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses and four ED lenses, and has a seven-blade, rounded aperture ring for smooth out-of-focus highlights.
There are a few different options for wide-angle lenses with the micro 4/3 cameras, so I thought I’d write up a quick comparison.
Panasonic 8mm Fisheye. The 8mm gives m4/3 shooters the option to get the “fisheye” look in a native m4/3 mount. You’re not sacrificing image quality with this baby lens either; it’s just as sharp as the other great Panasonic pancakes. It’s probably not something that would live on the front of your camera, but it’s great to use for those shots where a distorted image is desired.
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4. The 7-14mm is a wonderful f/4 wide-angle option for the m4/3 cameras. You get f/4 all the way through the zoom, which is great if you’re shooting when there is not a plethora of light. Distortion is mostly limited even at the widest end, and autofocus is definitely fast enough for most uses. Also, don’t forget the built-in hood that makes shooting outdoors in the sunlight a bit easier.
Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6. The 9-18mm is going to give you another great option for m4/3 shooting. It is essentially Olympus’ take on the wide angle, so quality is there just like the Pany 7-14mm. What it adds is a front filter ring and slightly faster autofocus. However, what you lose is the 7mm wide end, a hood, and a fixed f/4 throughout the zoom range. If light is not a problem, then the aperture isn’t a big deal. Distortion is also mostly corrected for with this lens.
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