Panasonic 7~14mm or Olympus 12mm ?

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Louis_Dobson Forum Pro • Posts: 27,493
Re: Thanks for all the replies and suggestions

The never heard of camerawhatsit.  You are reading the Photozone review differently to me. I read it as not as good as the 7-14, but that's too expensive for most people, and the Oly is good for the money.
Which is what most reviews seem to say.
The 9-18 is excellent value.  If value is not a primary concern, it all looks less attractive.  
Or that's what I think I keep reading.  Since we are now talking reviews rather than hands on, you know as much as me!

slimandy wrote:

Louis_Dobson wrote:

No, like you, I considered it, because it is small and takes filters.
The reviews I read put it miles away from the 7-14, so I wonder if you have found some reviews that are atypical? The 7-14 is excellent quality, more or less up with my 14-24 f2.8 Nikkor and 7-14 f4 Zuiko. The samples I have seen from the 9-18 are distinctly ordinary, in terms of both sharpness and contrast.
Like you, I don't mind spending money on lenses (it is the blasted petrol and flights to use the lenses that are the money problem!), but I didn't buy the 9-18 because on the basis of samples and reviews I have seen it appears to be a cheap, low quality lens.
But if it turns out to be pin sharp, let me know!

Photozone open their conclusion of the 9~18 with, "The Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED is an engineering masterpiece."

They compare it favourably to the 7~14 for it's smaller size and price....

Camera stuff compare it favourably with the 7~14 too....

It is smaller, lighter cheaper, yet, (quote) "In terms of optical performance, this lens is approximately equal to the much more expensive Panasonic 7-14 mm, as shown by our test. The wider viewing angle of the Panasonic 7-14 mm seems the only reason not to choose for the much cheaper Olympus 9-18 mm."

slimandy wrote:

Louis_Dobson wrote:

It's the only one of the three I don't own - but that's not coincidence. I don't think it has terribly good IQ, unsurprisingly, for the money.

Your opinion is not based on using it then? I've read a couple of reviews that put it very close to the 7~14, if not on a par; just not as wide. But it's small and takes filters so suits me better than the 7~14, and it's wider and more versatile than the 12, just lacking the fast aperture.

The chap below saying he takes his dSLR when he needs high quality rather makes the point. The OM-D needs no dSLR to back it up, paired with the best lenses.
The Olympus bodies correct distortion just like the Panasonic ones.

Agreed about the OMD. If the IQ wasn't good enough I wouldn't be in this forum at all. Not that I'll be selling all of my DSLR gear yet.

I read the Panasonic bodies make corrections with the 7~14 that the Olympus won't so there's no point paying the extra for the 7~14 on an OMD because you'll be fixing in PP anyway. Distortion might be a different matter but if it's a crucial shot I'm happy to fix in Lightroom anyway.

slimandy wrote:

Louis_Dobson wrote:

slimandy wrote:

It looks like the lens that best fits my needs is the Olympus 9~18mm rather than the 2 I actually asked about!

Thanks again.

Really? That's a very eccentric choice from my PoV.

Why? It's small enough to be part of a multi lens kit, it's wider than the 12mm and more versatile, it takes filters, and I've read reviews that put it on a par with the Panasonic 7~14 when used on Olympus camera (the Panny has an advantage on Panasonic cameras that won't apply on Oly bodies, i.e distortion correction). Unlike the 2 lenses I was considering originally it ticks all the boxes with fewer compromises.

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