7-14mm for travel?

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
jeffharris Veteran Member • Posts: 8,607
Re: 7-14mm for travel? Absolutely!

zilver wrote:

I've been interested in wide angle lately but never really tried shots wider than 12mm (24mm FOV) with the 12-35mm.

The review seems to agree that the Pana 7-14mm F4 is a very good wide angle zoom.

I'm going to the mountains and thinking I want to explore wider lens, just need to ask that if I take only one lens can the 7-14 be a walk around lens for landscape and family shots, can I at least take nice shots of family member with background of the view at long end of the zoom or it's not really practical?

The 7-14mm is excellent. It focuses quickly and produces very sharp images, as long as you don't stop it down too much. I try go no further than f8. It takes a little effort to learn to control the 7mm end, but it's really worth it! Here's a good piece by Ken Rockwell (really! ) on shooting with ultra-wide lenses.


It's part of my standard travel kit and I often use it as a walkabout lens when shooting places and spaces. And also for my design business. But certainly NOT people! My girlfriend complains of looking blimp-like if I happen to catch her in the edge of the frame. I always carry longer prime lenses or a standard zoom, so I can swap when necessary. If I were to carry two cameras, I think I'd dedicate the second to the 7-14mm. It's really that good. The images it helps me produce can be kind of amazing.

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