Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f4 ultra wide-angle zoom lens review at Camera Labs

Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f4 ultra wide-angle zoom lens review at Camera Labs
Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f4 ultra wide-angle zoom lens review at Camera Labs

Gordon Laing tests this camera with a Panasonic GX1 camera:

"The Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f4 may be one of the earliest native lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system, but remains one of the most compelling, delivering superb quality across its focal range from standard wide to extreme wide angle.

With coverage that's equivalent to 14-28mm in the full-frame format, the Lumix 7-14mm is ideal for capturing expansive landscape views and enormous buildings inside and out. It conveniently starts where most general purpose lenses stop, providing the photographer with wider and wider coverage until

they have to be careful not to include their feet in their shots.

As you can see in my Panasonic 7-14mm quality pages, the lens is capable of delivering a fantastic degree of fine detail across the frame at all focal lengths. In my tests it excelled at wider focal lengths and only became a little softer in the extreme corners when zoomed-into 14mm, but overall there's little to complain about in terms of sharpness and contrast. There's some vignetting at f4, but it's easily corrected by processing or optically eliminated by stopping down a little. Just try and use the lens at apertures larger than f8 or you'll begin to suffer from diffraction. The bottom line is this is a great lens which should be on the shortlist of any Micro Four Thirds owner who's into wide-angle photography and it's a model that continues to drive many owners of larger formats to switch to this smaller mirror-less format."

Good points

Superb image quality across the frame, especially at the wider-end.
Constant f4 aperture throughout the range.
Built-in lens hood provides protection against flare and knocks. 
One of the smallest ultra-wide zooms around.

Bad points
No built-in filter mount. Filters need a third-party or DIY solution. 
Lack of optical stabilisation may be an issue for Panasonic owners.
Basic manual focusing ring feels more like a kit lens.
No weather-sealing. 
Some user reports of increased flare when used with Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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