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Wide angle Lenses with focal lengths shorter than 14mm.

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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

I like my 9-18 too. I consider the IQ perfectly OK, if not stunning, but as an overall package (size, weight, ability to take cheaply sized filters) I'm very happy with it.

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I've also just picked up a Samyang 12mm to have a play with - build quality seems excellent and at first glance the images seem really nice, but I haven't really used it in anger yet. It's very well priced, but also relatively heavy and MF only. The Panny 14mm is also quite a nice lens IMO - I find it optically excellent and fantastically tiny (great for pairing with a small body as a walkabout kit) and it's ridiculously cheap second hand, but the focal length suffers a little from being 'neither here nor there', at least for me.
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

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I like my 9-18 too. I consider the IQ perfectly OK, if not stunning, but as an overall package (size, weight, ability to take cheaply sized filters) I'm very happy with it.

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That's it, show my images up

Lovely those, stunning in fact
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

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That's it, show my images up

Lovely those, stunning in fact
Haha, I don't know about that. You got much nicer shots of Curbar Edge than I did when I was there.
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

Oh yeah, i also meant to say not to be too afraid of talk of corner softness with the 9-18. This is exacerbated by the built in profile corrections on the lens, which are often automatically applied by software such as Lightroom and tend to stretch the edges of the frame.

However, they can easily be disabled to improve corner sharpness and I find that disabling them has very little impact on most landscape images (might be different for architecture?).

Here is an example (not very good because it's a quite soft long exposure!). 100% corner crop of an unedited RAW, profile disabled on the left, enabled on the right.

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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

all good input, it is down to the Olympus 9-18 or the Panasonic 7-14
and then i must decide on a macro lens
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

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Oh yeah, i also meant to say not to be too afraid of talk of corner softness with the 9-18. This is exacerbated by the built in profile corrections on the lens, which are often automatically applied by software such as Lightroom and tend to stretch the edges of the frame.

However, they can easily be disabled to improve corner sharpness and I find that disabling them has very little impact on most landscape images (might be different for architecture?).

Here is an example (not very good because it's a quite soft long exposure!). 100% corner crop of an unedited RAW, profile disabled on the left, enabled on the right.

Interesting, how do you turn off corrections in lightroom. If I go to lens corrections on my images nothing is selected, and if I got to the profiles there's no olympus profiles there




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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

Regarding turning off profiles in LR - that's something I'd like to know too. AFAIK, LR uses EXIF data to automatically apply corrections so there's no built-in LR profile per se. I've never found a way to disable it though.
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

I'm using LR 5.2 and have the option to toggle profiles on and off in the Develop module, Lens Corrections section, under both Basic and Profile tabs. DXO has a similar option, not sure about other software.
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

Whoops, I have confused myslef. Correction incoming...
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

The two images above show the normal LR rendering, and one with further correction using an additional lens profile for the 9-18 that I must have downloaded from who-knows-where at some point. However, even the 'uncorrected' LR rendering above still has the the default, built in, lens profile correction applied.

Here is the same corner from DXO10 - notice even less stretching and extra information previously lost form the edges -

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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

So the proper comparison would be this -

LR with auto correction on the left, uncorrected DXO image on right -



So now I don't know if its possible to disable the auto profiling in LR :/
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

DXO one looks much better, but I'm not prepared to buy even more software
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

The old 9-18 4 1/3s is said to be very good too and can be had SH for a good price. My vote goes to the Panny 7-14 though.
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

A good low budget wide angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds system is the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, and it has the advantage of being a pancake lens.
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