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    Wow ... the Olympus 14-35 f/2 is quite a lens!

    I know it looks funny mounted on a G1 (let alone a GF1!), but last night I (finally) had an opportunity to use the one I bought a while ago for the first time. This morning, looking at the images I captured, I'm blown away by its 1) its IQ and 2) its resolution ... as I said, Wow! I don't know if I dare to ask (as I've also just purchased a 35-100 f/2 ... ka-ching!), but does the 7-14mm also perform this well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    I know it looks funny mounted on a G1 (let alone a GF1!), but last night I (finally) had an opportunity to use the one I bought a while ago for the first time. This morning, looking at the images I captured, I'm blown away by its 1) its IQ and 2) its resolution ... as I said, Wow! I don't know if I dare to ask (as I've also just purchased a 35-100 f/2 ... ka-ching!), but does the 7-14mm also perform this well?
    I use all three, and the 7-14 is as good as it gets...

    Best regards, Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by terryc View Post
    I use all three, and the 7-14 is as good as it gets...
    I was afraid of that. Oh, well ... it's only money, right?

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    Re: Wow ... the Olympus 14-35 f/2 is quite a lens!

    Totally agree on the 7-14 Olympus ZD. It is one of the best, if not the best, WA zoom, IMHO.

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    The 7-14 in my opinion the best UWA Zoom on the market.....
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    Re: Wow ... the Olympus 14-35 f/2 is quite a lens!

    Yes, fantastic with the G1

    G1 + ZD 7-14


    It balances much better on the E-30 though...

    E-30 + ZD 7-14
    1/25s f/4.0 at 7.0mm iso800


    E-30 + ZD 7-14
    1/3s f/4.0 at 7.0mm iso100


    E-30 + ZD 7-14
    1/10s f/4.0 at 7.0mm iso800


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    You folks were supposed to tell me the 7-14mm is overpriced and not worth the money. But nooo, you all had to rave about it, so now when the B&H site opens for business again this evening, I guess I have no choice but to order one. Thanks for nothing!

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    Audll,

    I really think that you will enjoy using the 7-14 Olympus ZD. To my, it is worth every penny...

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Wow ... the Olympus 14-35 f/2 is quite a lens!

    I think if Olympus made the same lenses in m4/3rds mount:

    1. We will have a delightful choices of spectacular lenses.
    2. Will offset any competition from Pana.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    You folks were supposed to tell me the 7-14mm is overpriced and not worth the money. But nooo, you all had to rave about it, so now when the B&H site opens for business again this evening, I guess I have no choice but to order one. Thanks for nothing!
    I'm not sure if you were asking about the Pany 7-14 or the ZD as you were talking aboutthe G1 ... in which case you should consider the Panasonic 7-14

    it might be cheaper too

    Brian's point on balance on the G1 is pertinate, for example from this fellows flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3710858233/


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    Quote Originally Posted by pellicle View Post
    I'm not sure if you were asking about the Pany 7-14 or the ZD as you were talking aboutthe G1 ... in which case you should consider the Panasonic 7-14
    I was referring to the Olympus 7-14, not the Panasonic version. Truth be told (and unlike most people, apparently), the G1's 14-45 zoom was a bit of a disappointment to me. Coming from a DMC-L1 with its gorgeous Leica-inspired/designed/blessed 14-50 f/2.8 zoom, I guess it's no surprise that I'd hoped for more even though I accept that there are limits as to what can be accomplished for the $549 I paid for my G1 outfit. (FWIW, the 20mm f/1.7 that came with my GF1 performs more on par with my expectations, but of course I paid $350 more for that combo than I did for the G1.)

    Of course, I'm primarily a tripod shooter, so the size penalty incurred by the Oly version isn't so much of a problem for me, plus I want to keep my options open for the future and buying somewhat expensive lenses (~$5,500 worth for a $549 camera ... LOL. I must have gone insane!) in the 4/3 format instead of m4/3 format seems to be a safer bet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    I think if Olympus made the same lenses in m4/3rds mount:

    1. We will have a delightful choices of spectacular lenses.
    2. Will offset any competition from Pana.
    If only to keep my options open for the future, I'd probaby would buy the 4/3 format versions regardless. That said, it sure would be nice if Olympus' autofocus would work when the lenses are mounted on a Panasonic body...

    In any event, based upon my experience so far with the 14-35 and 35-100 zooms, I can honestly say these lenses are indeed spectacular performers and while I never intended to end up owning more than $5,000 worth of glass for my "budget" G1, I'm glad the option was available to me as (IMO) the results have more than justified the expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    I know it looks funny mounted on a G1 (let alone a GF1!), but last night I (finally) had an opportunity to use the one I bought a while ago for the first time. This morning, looking at the images I captured, I'm blown away by its 1) its IQ and 2) its resolution ... as I said, Wow! I don't know if I dare to ask (as I've also just purchased a 35-100 f/2 ... ka-ching!), but does the 7-14mm also perform this well?
    Did they ever fix the focusing problems that lens had? Apart from that, it's quality is astounding. As for the 7-14mm, it's a great lens, but there is no reason to spend the extra money or put up with the extra bulk over the Panasonic 7-14mm.

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    Never had a prob with the Oly 7-14 only with the folks....
    EP-1 with 7-14 at F4 ISO1600

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    Re: Wow ... the Olympus 14-35 f/2 is quite a lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    In any event, based upon my experience so far with the 14-35 and 35-100 zooms, I can honestly say these lenses are indeed spectacular performers and while I never intended to end up owning more than $5,000 worth of glass for my "budget" G1, I'm glad the option was available to me as (IMO) the results have more than justified the expense.
    If you're using those lenses, the E-P1 being able to focus with all of them (though slowly) is worth consideration... face detection works very well.

    E-P1 + ZD 35-100mm f2
    1/160s f/2.0 at 57.0mm iso200


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    I know it's off topic, but I've noticed before, Brian, what an utterly beautiful girl your daughter is

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    Here's one of the first images I captured with the 14-35 on my G1 at the park up the street from my house. Wow ... I'm finally able to play around with selective focus again!.


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    And here's another one from yesterday, shot at f2 ... wow!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennyanne View Post
    I know it's off topic, but I've noticed before, Brian, what an utterly beautiful girl your daughter is
    she takes after her mother....

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    Thanks Pennyanne, Riley - missed that yes of course!

    Cheers

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    Brian,

    It's not only your daughter, but all of your photos are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    If you're using those lenses, the E-P1 being able to focus with all of them (though slowly) is worth consideration... face detection works very well.

    E-P1 + ZD 35-100mm f2
    1/160s f/2.0 at 57.0mm iso200
    interesting to see the moire in the t-shirt, this makes me feel that there was some outstanding pixel level detail there!

    I'll have to fish around for this lens ... any idea what's the AF like on a G1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pellicle View Post
    I'll have to fish around for this lens ... any idea what's the AF like on a G1?
    It's non-existent ... manual focus only, unfortunately. (Or if there is a way to get it to autofocus on a G1/GF1/GH1, then I'm not aware of it.)

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    Hi
    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    It's non-existent ... manual focus only, unfortunately. (Or if there is a way to get it to autofocus on a G1/GF1/GH1, then I'm not aware of it.)
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