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Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

My beloved Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0 lens is for sale. Reduced to 360 inc RMSD. SOLD.

I got the M4/3 f2.8 from Reg (El CID) here recently. The old beastie is a fantastic lens, but not small or light! It's in very good condition, front and rear elements unmarked, slight rub marks on the fixed lens hood from the solid, slide-on lens cap. No dust that I can see inside. Includes the original box and documentation, front and rear caps and pouch.

The image quality is great, and fairly similar to the new f2.8 version, but the corrections are mostly done with lots of heavy, exotic glass, rather than electronic correction which the new one relies on heavily. Autofocus is not its strong point. I never really trusted it on 4/3 DSLRs, and it's similar on the E-M1.1, calibration helping on both. I mostly used MF with 5x peaking working well. Experience allows you to set the focus scale for various focal lengths quickly manually.

Handling on the E-M1.1 is fine, better with the grip. On smaller bodies, a grip is fairly essential to wield the 780gm. There's no filter thread, and the hood is fixed to protect the bulging front element, but filters can be used via various sliding on systems. Obviously you'll need an adaptor on M4/3. I have an MMF-3 I may part with if necessary, but plan to keep it for now for my old 50-200 and 12-60.

Here's my shots with it on Flickr:
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

Utterly gorgeous lens; I love mine. (So I'm not in the market). Super High Grade.

And if you like zooms, it makes a really good combo with the other lenses you mention. 7-14 f/4; 12-60 f/2.8-f/4; 50-200 f/2.8-f/3.5 give a very broad coverage in high quality glass. Just add on 50 f/2 macro and the MMF-3 never needs to come off!
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Utterly gorgeous lens; I love mine. (So I'm not in the market). Super High Grade.

And if you like zooms, it makes a really good combo with the other lenses you mention. 7-14 f/4; 12-60 f/2.8-f/4; 50-200 f/2.8-f/3.5 give a very broad coverage in high quality glass. Just add on 50 f/2 macro and the MMF-3 never needs to come off!
Good to hear of a 4/3 lens die-hard Rob! I should use my 12-60 and 50-200 more, but I have the Panny 12-35 and 35-100 f2.8 pair, the Oly 75-300 II, Oly 45mm f1.8 and now the Oly 7-14 f2.8 which makes a brilliant and light all round set. I may end up keeping it rather than giving it away, and having 4/3 lens only sessions.
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

I'm not so much a die-hard as a cheapskate. Never had a Four thirds body. Got back into photography a year ago after a more than a decade gap, with OMD and kit lens, and quickly realised M43 Pro lenses were much better but costly, and also realised used FT HG/SHG lenses were not far off in IQ and dramatically cheaper. Some compromise in size, weight, and speed of autofocus, but I can carry them okay and my last experience of proper cameras was an Oly OM2n with manual focus so any AF seems like a luxury, and so does peaking! (I have some M43 primes including the wonderful 60mm macro)
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

Eminently sensible Rob. While the 4/3 bodies were good for their time, the M4/3 sensors have moved on quite a bit, and get the best out of the old SHG lenses. Not sure how many people here still use 4/3 bodies now.
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

My E1 gets an outing every so often - I'll not part with it :-)

Much of my "glass" is 4/3 with adapter for m4/3 bodies - good value, indeed.
Especially the lovely 4/3 Sigma 30 / 1.4 I bought here.
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My E1 gets an outing every so often - I'll not part with it :-)

Much of my "glass" is 4/3 with adapter for m4/3 bodies - good value, indeed.
Especially the lovely 4/3 Sigma 30 / 1.4 I bought here.
I've had the E-500, then added E-1, then E-3, E-520 and E-5, not all at once! I then got the E-M5, then E-M1 x2. The E-1 had a lovely sensor, but a bit large for my smallish hands (Trump syndrome) as were the E-3 and E-5. I loved the E-520 body, but rather a noisy sensor. Still very happy with the E-M1.1s.

Sounds like you need a ZD 7-14mm...
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

Another lover of studio pottery, judging from your Flickr stream. :-)

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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

I've tried the 7-14 for a few hours, and it's quite big ! And my 4/3 9-18 doesn't get enough use these days - 12mm seems wide enough for me most of the time. The 4/3 7-14 does give very lovely results, though.

Good luck with the sale, Bruce :-)

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Another lover of studio pottery, judging from your Flickr stream. :-)

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Indeed Rob, I used to do a bit, and would like to get back into it. Meanwhile it's been great fun following and helping the Oxford Anagama Kiln project in nearby Wytham Woods.
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I've tried the 7-14 for a few hours, and it's quite big ! And my 4/3 9-18 doesn't get enough use these days - 12mm seems wide enough for me most of the time. The 4/3 7-14 does give very lovely results, though.

Good luck with the sale, Bruce :-)
Thanks Kami, there's a sense of occasion when you use it, and people get out of the way when you swing it around Yes, 12mm is wide enough for me for most things, but 7mm used with care brings in a whole new world.
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

I think 390 is a good price considering recent eBay sales have gone for 550 and 675. I may have to resort to it to catch a wider audience, but would far rather sell it here. I'd probably keep it rather than drop it much, as I thinks it's still better than the f2.8 in some circumstances. The f4.0 has virtually no CA, but the f2.8 has a little PF on branches against a bright sky.
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

Price reduced to 360 including RMSD, which I think is what the last one on here went for. Otherwise I may try eBay or just keep it.
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Re: Olympus Four Thirds ZD 7-14mm f4.0

I'm so very tempted by this but need to move on my 70-300 first. Hopefully you still have it once mine has sold.... :-)
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I'm so very tempted by this but need to move on my 70-300 first. Hopefully you still have it once mine has sold.... :-)
Good luck with yours! I'm not in a hurry, but no knowing if someone else will sneak in first!
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