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Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Just ordered the above lens, booked a week in a lighthouse in Wales at end of the month so what do I need to know to get the best out of it?

Been using the Olympus1 mk2 for around 6 months but have mainly had it in manual mode with the Panasonic 100-400 lowest f stop with the fastest speed. So as I'm now using the opposite end what do I need to know / do?

Am intending ordering filters before trip, nisi 10 stop and medium grad, and maybe a tripod to take with me. Anything else I've missed?

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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Well to start with an Ultra wide angle lens is harder to get good shots with than people think.
Even rellatively close objects will seem a long way and small at 7mm. I would have suggested a 9-18mm myself but at least the 7-14mm will remain focused when you zoom in and out. Not all shots need to be taken from eye level standing up.

If you want to get maximum deoth of field put in MF the focus ring slide back and forth and when the focus scale is visible it is in MF.

To see what will get back to front Dof look here. At 7mm set it 1m and use f4 to achieve focus from 0.45m to infinity for instance.

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

Shhoting the sea can be fun IMO I was out today so I suggest playing with shutter speeds as IMO 1/4 to 1/60 sec are much more interesting when the sea rough than 60 secinds.
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Staying in a lighthouse, that sounds great. I always thought it an ideal job working as a lighthouse keeper, that or a Concorde pilot.
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

I don't have a 7-14mm but I have recently acquired a 7.5mm Samyang lens and the key thing for me is to keep your fingers/feet/shadow out of the shot. It's surprisingly difficult in some circumstances. Otherwise have fun and try it even in situations where you think it wont work as you might be surprised what you get. My recent Derbyshire landscapes came out a lot better that I'd expected.
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

A lot of people seem to forget that it also works in portrait orientation...

I used my one quite a bit in portrait orientation and have even used it with a sweep panorama.

Experiment and Have fun

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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Thanks for the responses guys, am looking forward to trying the lens out, just unsure when people talk of filters and everything else - but then again I am not one for much post processing and faffing.

Will post some pics, once I have some images.

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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

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Thanks for the responses guys, am looking forward to trying the lens out, just unsure when people talk of filters and everything else - but then again I am not one for much post processing and faffing.

Will post some pics, once I have some images.

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Beware of believing the argument that filters are not needed.

PP cannot replace a Polariser or a 10 stop filter and a Five three or two stop can make all the difference to avoid certian apperture setting.
Grads too have thier place as they will help you record more detail allowing more options whether you PP or not.
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

So which filters would you recommend to start with?

The nisi starter kit comes with a 10stop and a 3 or 4 stop, the place we are stopping at is on Anglesey so wld be a mix of seascape and landscape.

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So which filters would you recommend to start with?

The nisi starter kit comes with a 10stop and a 3 or 4 stop, the place we are stopping at is on Anglesey so wld be a mix of seascape and landscape.

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I personally have both 10-stop and 8-stop filters and hardly ever use the 8. Big-stop NDs are all about getting long exposures in daylight and even at ISO 200 you need all the attenuation you can get!

Polarising filters are of less use on UWA lenses for landscapes since they cause uneven darkening of the sky.
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

It's tempting to think that UWA lenses would be good for landscapes, but so often you can end up with an image with the top half sky, the bottom half grass, and a very thin strip of interest dividing the two!

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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

You need something interesting in the foreground
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You need something interesting in the foreground
... and it needs to be really, really in the foreground!

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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Rocks, old logs, grass, anything will do for foreground interest. Here are a few examples of mine:


Sprague Lake by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Moon over Sprague Lake by Paul Kaye, on Flickr


Sunset over Bear Lake by Paul Kaye, on Flickr


Harbour Bridge & Opera House by Paul Kaye, on Flickr


Driftwood by Paul Kaye, on Flickr
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Stunning images Paul, really nicely done.
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Re: Olympus 7-14 f2.8

Superb images, really superb.

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