Panasonic 7~14mm or Olympus 12mm ?

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: Thanks for all the replies and suggestions

Optical1 wrote:

slimandy wrote:

Louis_Dobson wrote:

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!

If they thought it was a poor lens they wouldn't think it was such good value!

I'm not a big fan of photozone to be honest, but I can't find much else. Are there any pro photographers that take the time to write reviews? Lab tests start to tell the story but they are very unsatisfactory without real world use. I care about pictures, I don't care much for MTF figures being slightly this way or that. If I don't see it in the pictures it isn't relevant.

If you haven't seen this already, Amin Sabet did a great comparison between the 7-14 and the 9-18. As I mentioned before, the 7-14 has better IQ, but the 9-18 is no slouch. Honestly, I doubt you'll regret the purchase of either lens.

best of luck deciding.

Thanks for the link. I have seen that comparison before but forgot about it. A good demonstration of the superiority of the 7-14 with respect to resolution as well as lateral CA. Interestingly, the 9-18 shows more lateral CA than the 7-14 in spite of the fact that the 7-14 is designed to be software-corrected for in this regard whereas the 9-18 is supposed to be sufficiently well corrected by optical means only.

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