Panasonic 7~14mm or Olympus 12mm ?

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
jeffharris Veteran Member • Posts: 8,898
Re: Panasonic 7~14mm or Olympus 12mm ?

slimandy wrote:

I am going to buy an Olympus OMD next week and I have been deciding what lenses to get with it. I use a Nikon D700 with some very nice glass but I want a good quality alternative that will allow me to carry lots of kit without the weight and bulk of an FF SLR.

So, I have been looking at the Olympus 12mm as my wide angle prime but I am a bit concearned that 24mm equivalent is not that wide. I use a Nikon 17~35 on my D700.

How does the Panasonic 7~14mm compare for IQ (to the Olympus 12mm)? I will have a 12~50 kit lens for snap shots so I am only asking about how it compares when I want the best IQ. If anyone has used both I would love to hear from you. How big is the Panasonic?

I realise it is more expensive.

Sure,  the 7-14mm is a bit biggeer and a bit more expensive than the 12mm f2, but it's incredibly versatile, can produce amazing images and really is a lot of fun to use. I use it for my design work and for shooting architecture, landscape and even for street shooting.

While the Oly 12mm is an excellent lens,  for low light wide shooting I opted for an SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm T1.6 (f1.4). At 24mm equivalent using manual focus isn't a big deal and the images it produces have more character than the Oly 12mm, which i find to be rather clinical. At $549, it's also considerably less than he Oly 12mm.

So, yeah, go for the 71-4mm!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.95 Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 Aspherical +28 more
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