Andy Westlake assesses the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO, a fast wideangle zoom for Micro Four Thirds
Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 review – Conclusion
With the 7-14mm f/2.8, Olympus has completed its line-up of professional-level fast zooms, and while it’s possible to nit-pick aspects of the image quality, overall the lens performs very well. It handles nicely on the camera, and is impressively compact given its specification. Optically it’s very good too, with the only possible critique being somewhat soft corners at wideangle, especially at f/2.8. But this is a common flaw with wide zooms, and as with many other designs of this type, it’s confined to a relatively small area of the frame.
Aside from this, though, Olympus appears to have a worthy companion to the superb 12-40mm f/2.8 and 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO zooms on its hands, and this makes the Micro Four Thirds system even more interesting for photographers who might be looking to ditch their SLRs and travel light. It’s a hefty investment to buy into a whole new system, but the quality of Olympus’s (and indeed Panasonic’s) glass is a strong attraction.