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« on: June 25, 2015, 07:53 »
Any views? I'd appreciate opinions from people using the Micro 4 3 system. I don't do many landscapes at the moment, but have in mind to do more so info would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2015, 08:17 »
I don't do too many landscapes at the moment but I used to and I do own a Panny 7-14mm and it would be fabulous for this. I assume the new Oly in this range would also be very good. The Panasonic does't work as well on Olympus bodies, so it depends on which camera you own.


« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2015, 08:21 »
Thanks for that. I have an Oly OMD EM5.

« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2015, 21:01 »
I have the 7-14 and it is great. The F/4 isn't perfectly ideal, but it is constant which is a huge step up. In most cases, compensation with ISO works fine.

I did a lot of research prior to buying it and decided not to wait for the Olympus equivalent due to the much higher price.

Here is a large thread on it:

There are no real other contenders as far as I know. For super wide, these are the two choices.

Another tip for you (and anyone else who is looking at/using one of these) is if you want a graduating filter solution to go with your lens, which you will need 30% of the time when taking landscapes, is to get this:

Along with the associated cokin filter holder (you can get a knock off from ebay for cheap) and then a really good graduating filter, you have a full filtered super wide solution.

There is very slight vignetting with this solution, but is quite negligible with a little post production fixing. In fact, I doubt there is a good way to filter this lens without some vignetting without actually cutting the built in hood:


« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2015, 13:00 »
Thanks again. Very helpful! :)

« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2015, 16:37 »
I have the Olympus E-M1 and the 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. Everything about this combo is amazing. The 12-40 is a wonderful landscape lens. Although it's not the widest lens available, I've found it easy to produce excellent stitched panoramas.

The 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens is also stellar. I used it during a shoot in Costa Rica and the feather detail on the hummingbirds and other birds blew me away. The 40-150mm also performs well with the 1.4 teleconverter, which I used quite a bit on that shoot. (The lens is, unfortunately, a bit short for a lot of wildlife shooting.)

Both lenses have a constant aperture throughout the zoom range.

I'm very happy I switched to the Olympus mirrorless system; everything's about half the weight and size of traditional DSLRs and the IQ is superb.

Edited to add: should mention that the E-M1 has in-body stabilization so the lenses are not IS. This makes them less ideal for people who have Panasonic bodies. The 5-axis IBIS is pretty terrific though; I can shoot handheld at much lower speeds than I could with my previous gear.
« Last Edit: June 27, 2015, 16:43 by polar »

« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2015, 16:44 »
If you're looking for wide, but not super-wide with great sharpness and super fast for nice DOF for landscapes, I'd recommend the Oly 17mm f/1.8 prime lens.

I bought it and the camera (the OM-D EM-1) right before a trip to Arizona last year and loved the results I got at the Grand Canyon and in the desert. I find that I use that lens more than the other two I bought at the time (the 25mm f/1.8 and the 40-150mm zoom - both of which I also like) for landscapes and travel, and more than the three old Oly Zuiko primes I already had. It's about equivalent to a 35mm on a full frame and really versatile.

Agree with Polar who posted while I was writing - love my EM-1 - a fraction of the weight of my D700 - saves my back and I can carry an arsenal of lenses along in a small camera bag and I can shoot handheld easily at slower speeds. Best purchase I made last year.
« Last Edit: June 27, 2015, 16:48 by wordplanet »


« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 05:22 »
Thanks. It's nice to have comments based on real life experience.


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