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Old 21st January 2008
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11-22 vs. 7-14

Any opinions with regard to the optical quality between the 11-22 and the 7-14. I know as far as price, there is a pretty big gap but what about the optical quality? I have read the the 11-22 is very sharp, sharper than the 14-54 which I think is a fantastic lens but haven't seen many opinions of the 7-14. Thanks.
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Re: 11-22 vs. 7-14

Not used the 7-14 myself, but have seen some great pics from it.
It is a more specialised lens though and with that comes problems I think if you just put it on the camera and started clicking you might be dissapointed, from what I can tell you need to apply a bit more time in composing to get the best out of such a wide angle.

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Re: 11-22 vs. 7-14

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Any opinions with regard to the optical quality between the 11-22 and the 7-14. I know as far as price, there is a pretty big gap but what about the optical quality? I have read the the 11-22 is very sharp, sharper than the 14-54 which I think is a fantastic lens but haven't seen many opinions of the 7-14. Thanks.
CameraLabs who do fairly decent and indepth reviews of quite a lot of Olympus gear did a review of the 7-14 a while ago which can be found here. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ol...mm/index.shtml I have to say that I never even looked at the lens as a realistic option for me because whilst I used to have lenses this effective width in 35mm format it's just out of my price range for now.

I love my 11-22 though not much distortion even in images like this

which I took just a day after buying it.

I'll run the 11-22 for a year or so and see whether I really miss those extra degrees width.

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Re: 11-22 vs. 7-14

Thanks Andy for the link. I will be checking it out. I love the capture you displayed with the 11-22. It just shows the capability of this fine lens. Nice work.
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Re: 11-22 vs. 7-14

Hi smartbox,

I was seriously intending to pick up a bargain 11-22... but now I think the 12-60mm SWD lens is so good that the 7-14 is the inevitable choice.

Good luck, and please let us know what you decide to do.

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Re: 11-22 vs. 7-14

If you haven't seen this already, you might be interested in:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/zd-007-014.html

The key quote is:
"Compared to another wide-angle zoom from Olympus, the 11-22 mm ZD, the wider lens promises a higher resolution (with both wide open, both at the wide end); at the same focal length of 14 mm I would expect the 11-22 to perform a bit better."

In my experience, the 7-14 has a quite distinctive "look" that sets it apart from my other lenses. As dbutch says, it is a specialised lens and requires care in use to get the best from it. Although the huge, curved front element means you can't use filters, this is made up for IMHO by the way it renders colours. You seem to get nice saturated skies, for eg. It would be nice to be able to use an ND grad tho'.

The bottom line is, everyone I know who's used one thinks it's a great lens.

I think, however, the 11-22 is more practical for everyday use.
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Filters for 7-14

Hi Hugh,

I remember reading recently that someone is using a large, hand held filter with their 7-14... I would probably go with this solution. I'll try to remember to find it later (search function is down yet again on dpreview!)

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Brian
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I am in the fortunate position of having both 11-22 & 7-14 lenses.
The 11-22 is always on the camera with the 7-14 close to hand.
I feel the 7-14 has the edge over the 11-22. Even so the 11-22
is a great lens. The 7-14 is a lens you just can't stop using. Landscape
photo's do not present too much of a problem without graduated filters
as the sky in sunny conditions become a rich blue.Make sure you have
ample clouds in the sky though.See my pic of "After the storm- Kimmeridge"
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Re: 11-22 vs. 7-14

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I am in the fortunate position of having both 11-22 & 7-14 lenses.
The 11-22 is always on the camera with the 7-14 close to hand.
I feel the 7-14 has the edge over the 11-22. Even so the 11-22
is a great lens. The 7-14 is a lens you just can't stop using. Landscape
photo's do not present too much of a problem without graduated filters
as the sky in sunny conditions become a rich blue.Make sure you have
ample clouds in the sky though.See my pic of "After the storm- Kimmeridge"
Happily retired and spending my son's (CaptD) inheritance!!
'Happily retired etc'

LOL.

Regards. Barr1e

ps do you have an 11-22 pic you could show please? B [Edit - I note there is one above in Andy's post which suffices - thanks]
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