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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

I tried my 7-14 on the E-M1 at the London meetup - actually I tried to get it to flare using the ghastly LED lights down at floor level, and it wouldn't do it on either the M1 or my M5!

There wasn't much time to play around, so this was hardly a definitive test...

I am well aware of the 7-14's propensity to produce odd purple flares with the M5 under certain circumstances. It is, however, fully visible in the viewfinder and I find I can eliminate it readily with small re-positionings of the camera. This only happens in my experience when you're doing something like photographing on a tripod in a dark church where sunlight's streaming through the windows: frankly its a very minor issue in comparison with the benefit of the extra 2mm over the 9-18 (which I also own, but currently have up here for sale). Neither lens is the best superwide zoom in the known universe, but both give good-very good IQ at a highly competitive price and are fantastically compact and light.

Personally I'd like Oly to produce a SHQ-standard superwide prime (7mm would be fine) and I'd buy it in a flash.

The flare is said to be due to an internal reflection within the M5 body.

So, has anyone done a more definitive test of the 7-14 with the M1?
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Well not a definitive test, but I've just come in from a play with one at my local dealer and I struggled to get it to flare on the indoor ceiling lights. Where I could induce anything, it didn't seem to be purple.

The Bigma seemed to behave as well without any of the rattling that the E-M5 induces in the lens.
The 300mm F2.8 seems pretty snappy too.

That was all I had time to play with despite being round for 1 1/2 hours. I think it's going to be popular.
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

The 300 F2.8 - what lens is that?

You summed it up with the Pan 7-14.......the purple fringing happens only occasionally and is easily corrected by repositioning.

That extra 2mm (or 4mm on FF) doesn't seem much but it can matter sometimes.

I recently tried the OLY 9-18mm on a recent OMD experience day and it is a very nice lens, a lot more compact than the Pan 7-14.

I have seen reviews that say the 7-14 is as sharp or sharper than the Oly 12mm prime..........so it shows you how good it is.
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

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The 300 F2.8 - what lens is that?

You summed it up with the Pan 7-14.......the purple fringing happens only occasionally and is easily corrected by repositioning.

That extra 2mm (or 4mm on FF) doesn't seem much but it can matter sometimes.

I recently tried the OLY 9-18mm on a recent OMD experience day and it is a very nice lens, a lot more compact than the Pan 7-14.

I have seen reviews that say the 7-14 is as sharp or sharper than the Oly 12mm prime..........so it shows you how good it is.
Probably means the 43rds monster. How about trying the 43rds 7-14mm? Damn fine lens.
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

I'm torn between for a SWA on my M1
- the ZD 7-14 (which I used to own and is a wonderful lens), but its a beast on the OMD...
- the Pana 7-14, which gets variable reviews to say the least!
and waiting for an Olympus m43 SWA....
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will probably wait.
To be perfectly honest I was going to stick with my 9-18 until we got some clues about what Oly might do with a SW prime, but I found the 7-14 Panny at a decent price s/h, so I jumped.
Even if I do sell it eventually this should limit my losses, and I am using it quite a bit!
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Before I give up using the Panasonic 7-14mm f4 on my EM5 (or E-P5) I'd like to consider the rear filter option. I've read the fix posted on http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51390321, but the solution talks about cutting plastic shims to allow the revised baffle to fit flat over the underlying 'wings'.
Anyone have first hand experience of this, or know of a better solution and where I might get the parts?
And having gone to the expense and trouble, does it actually eliminate the purple flare/blobs?
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Don't rush into selling just yet.
I've now amassed the parts, a couple of types of gelatine UV filters and the requisite holder off an 8mm Panasonic fisheye.
Just not had time to assemble them yet as I've been rather tied up.
Hopefully I'll get a piece put together but it might be a week or three yet.
Off to bed now though.
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Thanks Peak4, can I ask where you managed to purchase the 8mm fisheye filter holder and Wratten 2A. Is that the complete shopping list of parts?
What sort of outlay might I expect?
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Steve, when I had mine, I had to order from CSE in the USA. I couldn't find any local supplier at all. Sourcing the 1A Wratten filter wasn't easy either. Now, YMMV, but I wasn't 100% satisfied with the end result either. Firstly, the gel filter was very easy to scratch. You need to treat it carefully and plan on replacing it periodically. Secondly, I could detect a slight drop off in contrast and sharpness when it was fitted. It wasn't a lot, but whenever I compared it to the 9-18, I found the only thing I was missing was the extra 2mm; there was certainly no better IQ. I've since added a Sammy 7.5 and that satisfies my addiction to ultra w i d e !

As much as i loved the the 7-14, it just didn't gel (pun intended!) for me.
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Thanks for the reply Paul. Based on what you've just said it doesn't sound too encouraging in terms of expected results. I'm in a quandary, do I mod it, sell it or get hold of a Lumix body - but do I really want a third camera, probably not.
The lens is virtually like new and cost me a fair bit of money reflecting the condition, but disappointingly it's sitting in my wardrobe most of the time since it doesn't work for me on my EM5. One good thing, the lens is probably not going to devalue greatly, as long as I try to sell it before Olympus bring out an ultra wide.
My present thought pattern is to get the parts and give it one last chance, if it doesn't perform then I'll eBay it (notice the use of eBay as a verb!).
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

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Thanks Peak4, can I ask where you managed to purchase the 8mm fisheye filter holder and Wratten 2A. Is that the complete shopping list of parts?
What sort of outlay might I expect?
Many thanks, Steve.
The filter holder came from Panasonic's official repairers and had a part number of VXQ1911
It came posted to me for 30 from DK AVS http://www.dkavs.co.uk/

The filter is rather more problematic, I managed to get a 3" Wratten 2a and a 2" Wratten 2e from Israel. The former was just shy of 15 and the latter a bit less than 9 inc postage. New old stock.

The holder seems readily obtainable, so I'd hold off getting that until you have tracked down the gel from somewhere. (I think Tiffen sell them too)
Ebay might be your friend here as well.
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Re: Pany 7-14 on OM-D

Thanks for the info.
Having done an internet search I can't quite see how the holder actually holds the gel filter, but presume it's fairly obvious once you have the part layed out in front of you.
I don't suppose you get any instructions, but I'm only guessing.
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