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Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review
Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review

Capture Stunning Wide Angle Shots With The Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens

Olympus’ range of camera lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system is comprehensive and has you covered for any kind of shooting. We’ve tried a number of the brand’s lenses in the past, on a range of their Micro Four Thirds camera bodies. Each has performed impressively well and one, the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO, has even become our definitive go-to, everyday lens. Recently, we’ve been trying out another of the brand’s professional level lenses; the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO. This one is made for capturing wide-angle shots, and like Olympus’ other PRO lenses, it’s simply outstanding.

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens

Build Quality

Before you’ve even taken any shots with it, the 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens’ metal construction gives it a very solid feel, and you can tell that it’s a premium product from the outset. Weighing in at just over 530 grams, it’s the heaviest Olympus lens we’ve used. Having said that, that is really quite light when compared to a similar lens in a traditional full-frame camera system.

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review

The lens is a perfect match to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera, which is the top of the line body in the brand’s OM-D range. The set up feels balanced when paired together and comfortable to carry and shoot with. It also works nicely with the E-M5 Mark II.

Like the other Olympus PRO lenses, the 7-14mm F2.8 is weather-proof. It features hermetic sealing in 11 different locations to protect against dust and water droplets. Moreover, it’s also freezeproof, so if you plan on taking it out on the slopes in winter it’ll be fine. Attach it to the E-M1 Mark II or E-M5 Mark II and you’ve got a completely weather-proof set-up.

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review

Wide-Angle Shots

The zoom lens’ focal length of 7-14mm (equivalent to 14-28mm on a full-frame system), makes it ideal for capturing wide landscape shots. I took it on a trip to the beach to see what it could do, and I was very impressed. Attached to the E-M1 Mark II, the images look super sharp and clear across the whole frame. Even in the corners where they traditionally would be quite a bit softer with a wide-angle lens. This is the case across the zoom range, too. Below are two shots taken from the same position, with the first being zoomed out at 7mm and the second zoomed in to 14mm. At each focal length I was able to capture a wide expanse of the ocean with an excellent amount of clarity.

The following images were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II & M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens at 7mm F8
Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens at 14mm F8

The 7-14mm lens is also great for taking wide interior shots. It allows you to capture a whole room, which is normally pretty tough when you have limited space to move. Zoomed out the whole way to 7mm means you get a lot into the shot, but bumping it up to around 12mm captures the room size more realistically.

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens at 12mm F4
Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens at 9mm F4

Image Quality

Shots produced with the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens attached to the E-M1 Mark II are beautiful. The lens performs exceptionally well when it comes to things like flare and chromatic aberrations, which are often problems for wide-angle lenses. This is thanks to some nice additions from Olympus, like a ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating on the lens’ surface to minimise flares. Olympus has also included some powerful lens elements ‘under the hood’ to aid in reducing chromatic aberrations, which are highly effective.

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens at 9mm F2.8

The Wrap-Up – Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens Review

The Olympus M.Zuiko 7.14mm F2.8 PRO Lens is a stellar piece of gear to have in your kit if you shoot a lot of landscapes or interiors. As we’ve come to expect from Olympus, the quality is highly impressive, in terms of both the build and the images captured. Moreover, being part of the Micro Four Thirds system means it’s relatively compact and light, especially when compared to its counterparts in the traditional full-frame system.

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