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  • E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

    I am in the position to purchase either an E5 body or a 7 - 14mm lens but cannot make up my mind which way to go. I use an E30 body and my smallest lens is a 12 - 60 mm SWD. I take mainly wildlife and landscape I have asked some members who own an E5 for comment but their answers were even so I am asking for comments from other Oly users to get a general opinion. I cannot find any camera shops with an E5 to try out in N. Ireland so have to base my choice on reviews or comments from users. Thanks.
    Ed

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    Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

    I'd always pick the glass.

    My 7-14 has stayed with me through 3 different bodies (E-1 now sold, E-410 and E-3).
    It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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    • #3
      Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

      Interesting question! I own both and am most happy with the E5 purchase. Most of my landscapes are taken with Lee filters, and they won't fit the 7-14mm. I'm sort of glad I have it, sometimes it's the only lens that will do the job if I don't need filtering (inside caves etc.), but I think the 12-60 makes better general landscapes, the distortion is too visible at 7mm, as as I said, I mostly use filters. The E5 was for me a pleasant upgrade from the E3.

      Do you often feel you are missing out on extra wide angle?
      or
      Do you need a second body and miss features the E5 has?

      Personally I'd like to save for the 300mm 2.8
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        Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

        I'd go for the glass, what advantages will you gain from the E5 above your E30?
        Barrie Norman

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        • #5
          Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

          Originally posted by Cathrine Spikkerud View Post
          Most of my landscapes are taken with Lee filters, and they won't fit the 7-14mm. I'm sort of glad I have it, sometimes it's the only lens that will do the job if I don't need filtering (inside caves etc.), but I think the 12-60 makes better general landscapes, the distortion is too visible at 7mm, as as I said, I mostly use filters.
          I try to avoid using the 12-60 at 12-14 for landscapes preferring to use the 7-14 at the long end to avoid the complex distortion the 12-60 suffers from at the wide end.
          It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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          • #6
            Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

            I think that categorizing the 7 14mm lens as a wide angle landscape tool rather misses out the most creative use of the lens - perspective control, in my pictures of the Three Guardians by Melissa Zinc each of the statues are about 5 foot high and the heads are all of the same size, but in my pictures I have been able to make the closest head very large compared to the head that is about 5 feet away.
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            The statues were not moved between taking the two pictures.

            AS for E5 or 7 14 first - I would get the lens - by the time you can afford the new camera - a better version may be available.
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            • #7
              Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

              IMO get the 7-14

              As has been said elsehwere the e-5 is a little better than your E-30, but it will never give you that wider angle view that you can get with the lens

              Catherine.. re
              sometimes it's the only lens that will do the job if I don't need filtering (inside caves etc.),
              I've not seen any caving pictures from you or on your zenfolio site and would love to do so. The widest lens I've taken caving is my 11-22

              Regards
              Andy
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              • #8
                Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                I've owned the 7-14 twice (!) and now want one for my m4/3 cameras, despite having the 9-18. As has already been eloquently stated, 7mm is probably too wide for most landscape shots but is superb for perspective control and interiors. Remember, a lens is for life and not just for Christmas. A body is till next Christmas!
                Stephen

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                • #9
                  Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                  Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                  A body is till next Christmas!
                  A body is something you need to do something about after Christmas.

                  Darn, you're talking camera, right?
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                    Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                    Originally posted by David M View Post
                    I try to avoid using the 12-60 at 12-14 for landscapes preferring to use the 7-14 at the long end to avoid the complex distortion the 12-60 suffers from at the wide end.
                    Now that calls for some serious studies, I'm so hung up on filters, so I haven't really noticed! Thanks for the note on that!
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                    • #11
                      Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                      Originally posted by Cathrine Spikkerud View Post
                      A body is something you need to do something about after Christmas.

                      Only if you had the relatives visiting, even then it'll probably keep quite well in the cold weather

                      The E-5 is likely (I hope) to get a bit cheaper in a few months time, whereas the 7-14 will inevitably cost more

                      I think you need to ask what is currently limiting your photography and then get whichever will address that limitation most. But I'd be more inclined to plump for the glass

                      Nick
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                      • #12
                        Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                        You could get the 7-14 and a pre loved E3 for the same price as an E5, that way you get a weatherproof camera for your landscape photography and a SWA lens.

                        Paul

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                          Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                          I think this is probably the important bit. I don't consider the 7-14mm a landscape lens either, rather as a specialist tool. You will have a lot of fun with it,

                          I see I haven't published so many of my 7-14mm shots on Zenfolio. Shame on me!

                          Here are the ones I know are shot with it.

                          Uluru, NT, Australia: (here I've published only this one on Zenf, as the 7-14 caught a little bit too much, including the entrance light;
                          http://csspikkerud.zenfolio.com/p939...49429#hc749429

                          Some Lofoten shots with the 7-14:
                          http://csspikkerud.zenfolio.com/p772...7b3e#h11407b3e

                          http://csspikkerud.zenfolio.com/p772...7b3e#h1fc802c8

                          http://csspikkerud.zenfolio.com/p772...83da#h1a8183da

                          http://csspikkerud.zenfolio.com/p772...83da#h1e4d630d

                          All taken with E3 and the 7-14mm. It's a fun lens, I think Derek is right - use it for creative pictures, not necessarily for landscapes. I have a rather crappy cow portrait as well - I know I have my own shadow on it, it's taken through a fence, no WAY I'm going over a fence with cattle on the other side . I have a pathetic fear of bovines. You may laugh...

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                            Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                            Originally posted by Woofmix View Post
                            You could get the 7-14 and a pre loved E3 for the same price as an E5, that way you get a weatherproof camera for your landscape photography and a SWA lens.

                            Paul
                            What does the E3 sell for?? Sounds rather cheap? The combo of E3 and 7-14 for the same price as a E5 is a lot of fun for your money!
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                            • #15
                              Re: E5 or 7 - 14mm Lens?

                              If I might offer an alternative viewpoint: While the 7-14 is undoubtedly a fine lens, the 9-18 is probably more useful for landscapes and will take the same 72mm filters as the 12-60.
                              AlistairJ

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