Category Archives: Web Reviews

7-14mm f/2.8 Pro Olympus M: by Robin Wong


Photo from Robin Wong lens review
Photo from Robin Wong lens review

Added to Lens Reviews menu tab for future reference.

It is out and ready for use. The new Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens. This will give a field of view on a full frame camera of a 14-28mm, or 114-75 degrees of coverage. It is a great lens form landscapes to interiors, and let’s not forget astro-photography. Offering a fast f/2.8 constant f/stop throughout the range, and weather sealing, this lens becomes very useful for the rock and mountain climber also.

from the review:

The Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens is highly anticipated, and with the official launch Olympus has now completed their “holy trinity” of PRO lens line-up, consisting full coverage of focal length with constant bright aperture from ultra wide angle all the way to super telephoto range (7-14mm, 12-40mm and 40-150mm). Many working professional photographers I know, have sworn by the importance of having the “holy trinity” equivalent lenses from Canon and Nikon counterparts, and many arguments have been made against mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system for the lack of serious, constant zoom lenses. This argument is no longer valid!

To read the full review please <click here>

Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 PRO Review by Robin Wong


P1010456

The following  has been taken from Robin Wong’s review that can be found in full here

‘At this moment in my personal scoring system the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 is the BEST Micro Four Thirds lens ever’

LENS SHARPNESS

Let’s start with something that everyone wants to know about the lens: how sharp is the M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro lens?

Looking at the MTF chart, the sharpness of this lens surpasses even the legendary Super High Grade ZD 150mm F2, and my expectation was indeed very high. I have shot enough images to conclude that the M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro is extremely sharp, even at wide open aperture F2.8. The amout of fine detail this lens is able to resolve is amazing, with plenty of micro-contrast. Every single image I have shot with this lens came out richly detailed and there were a few moments I thought I was actually seeing results similar to what I would expect coming from the M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens!

Shooting at wide 40mm, all the way to 150mm, the lens showed no sign of softness, and I had a difficult time figuring which focal length was the optimum (I gave up). And like all Olympus M.Zuiko lenses the lens is already very sharp at wide open aperture F2.8, and it is even better at F3.5 and F4, which I often stopped down to when shooting subjects in near distance to achieve sufficient depth of field. The sharpness is also uniform from edge to edge of the frame, showing no corner softness.

jjj

P1011119

P1011189

P1011414

P1011595

CLOSE UP SHOOTING CAPABILITIES

 The M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro lens is able to shoot at minimum focusing distance of 50cm from the front of the lens to the subject, which is very respectable for a tele-zoom lens of this category. Rival competitor’s lenses can only do 1.2-1.5m closest focusing distance. Having such close shooting distance allows interesting tele-macro shots, and it was indeed interesting to see this lens able to shoot up to 0.41x magnification factor.
Although this is not a macro lens, which it is not intended to be, the close up shooting is a huge welcome, and a long tele close up shot can be quite interesting, creating very compressed shot with very little background, amplifying the subject isolation. I could go very near to the subjects, for example the butterfly shots, as well as the few images as shown after this paragraph. One disadvantage of using long lens for close up shooting is the need to narrow down the aperture to achieve more depth of field, which is often an issue (not having enough zone in focus). The longer you zoom and the nearer you are to the subject the shallower the depth of field.
Full lens review link

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M10: by Phoblographer


Chris-Gampat-The-Phoblographer-Olympus-OMD-EM10-product-photos-2-of-7ISO-4001-60-sec-at-f-4.0

Full review link

“As the entry level camera in the OMD lineup of the camera, the OMD EM10 is a camera that many looking to get into the mirrorless world will want to reach for. With some of the fastest focusing performance that we’ve seen from a mirrorless camera and a great JPEG engine output, what more could one ask for?

When Olympus created the EM10, they took a bit of their EM5, EM1, and the EP5 and put it in a budget conscious camera. Indeed, we think that most folks should skip what a sales person will tell you about buying a DSLR and just spring for this camera.”

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 Lens Review Part 2: Comparison with Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4 by Robin Wong


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Full review link

All the following below is taken from Robin Wong’s article linked above.

50mm F1.8 vs F1.4 Perception Argument
“If you come from Canon and Nikon  background (both are great brands, I am not implying anything negative here, so please spare me some torture in the forums) you will surely be aware of the existence and more importantly, the stark difference between two main versions of the 50mm prime lenses, namely 50mm F1.8 and 50mm F1.4. The 50mm F1.4 is universally known and agreed to be the superior lens in comparison to the 50mm F1.8 lens. This is true not just because of that 2/3 stop of EV faster, but also in terms of optical quality and performance of the 50mm F1.4 being better, delivering unquestionably sharper output with better technical flaw controls (such as less distortion, better corner sharpness, less chromatic aberration, smoother bokeh, etc). There is no debate that 50mm F1.4 is surely better than 50mm F1.8, and this fact is further emphasized in the huge difference in pricing, with the 50mm F1.4 costing about 3-4 times more expensive than the 50mm F1.8. The truth and reality for those familiar with Canon and Nikon lens system are much simpler and straightforward. However, this does not apply to Panasonic 25mm F1.4 vs Olympus 25mm F1.8 lenses at all.”
Picture1
Bokeh Compared:
Panasonic at f/1.4                                                                           Olympus at f/1.8
BLOG 25mm Part 28-001

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 Review Part 1 by Robin Wong


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Full review link

All of the following is taken from Robin Wong’s Article linked above.

“To carry out my shooting test on the field, I used the OM-D E-M10 for this blog entry. I tried to shoot a wide range of subjects, including environmental portraits, headshot portraits, close-up shooting of various subjects including food, as well as a bit of tight landscape. Whenever possible I did my best to highlight the shallow depth of field rendering of the open wide F1.8 aperture. On the other hand, I also explored shooting with various aperture opening, stopping down to gain maximum depth of field. So how does the M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 lens perform, in terms of image quality (sharpness, technical control of distortion and chromatic aberration), autofocus performance, and how does the lens handle with the new OM-D E-M10?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

LENS SHARPNESS AND CONTRAST
The new Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 lens is VERY sharp. When I was reviewing the images, the sharpness of the lens reminded me of the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8. Although I did not do side by side comparison, I can safely testify that the sharpness level of the 25mm F1.8 is on par with 45mm F1.8 (if not slightly better than the 45mm!), very capable of resolving fine detail, and the sharpness is very even all across the frame. As usual, not a surprise coming from Olympus, the great sharpness can be achieved even shooting at F1.8 wide open with the 25mm F1.8 lens, and stopping down will improve the sharpness surely but not that significantly noticeable to me.
There is something interesting about the contrast rendering of this M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 lens. It does seem like the images come out more punchy with higher contrast. This was especially noticeable when I switched lens immediately from the M.Zuiko 14-42mm F2.5-5.6 EZ Pancake Zoom lens. In fact the only time I remember seeing this kind of contrast level was when I was shooting with the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens. I admit that the 25mm F1.8 is not as sharp as the 75mm F1.8 (one of the sharpest lenses around in the market) but the look and feel of the images somehow came out with similar tones. This is the main reason, straight out of the camera, images from the 25mm F1.8 actually looks a tad bit better than the 45mm F1.8.”

Review: Olympus 25mm f1.8 by The Phoblographer


Chris-Gampat-The-Phoblographer-Olympus-25mm-f1.8-review-product-images-1-of-6ISO-4001-160-sec-at-f-2.2

Link >> Review: Olympus 25mm f1.8 by The Phoblographer

 

Snipps >> …

…of any Olympus lens that we tested, this one’s hit rate was amongst the highest…..

…So what do we have to say to the overall image quality from the Olympus 25mm f1.8?
It’s pretty damned amazing. Olympus said to us that they basically took the same formula for the 45mm f1.8 and modified it to work with the 25mm focal length. And it seemed to have worked…..

…As an every day lens, you really can’t sit around and complain about the results that it gives you. And with that said, you’ll probably never want to stop it down….

<< Snipps…

Sample or 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Olympus Micro 4/3 12-50mm Real Use Lens Review by Steve Huff


12-50 steve huff

Link >> The Olympus Micro 4/3 12-50mm Real Use Lens Review – The misunderstood kit zoom.

Snip >>

So I recently acquired a silver OM-D and 12-50 Kit Zoom. You know, the kit lens everyone has just about panned and trashed. Well, not really e v e r y o n e but many reviews and users have said it is just average in optical quality, has awful distortion, and of course aperture speed, or lack of it. I wondered how Olympus could be selling this guy for $499 when it looks HUGE in pictures and everyone is panning it off as soft, slow and lacking in micro-contrast!

Well, the fact is that it is indeed slow when it comes to aperture. With a variable aperture of 3.5-6.3 it is as slow as molasses on a cold winters day as it drips from the spout in a house without heat…BUT with the amazing 5-Axis Image stabilization inside of the OM-D E-M5, I was able to go out at night and get handheld shots on the wide end with no issues. The ISO would get jacked up but the E-M5 has really good high ISO performance so it is not that huge of a deal (samples below). Let’s face it, OM-D users are mostly enthusiasts and hobbyists. The big wig pro’s go with Nikon and Canon and having a weatherproof 12-50 zoom WITH good Macro capability and video capability can be a good lens to have, even with its shortcomings.

<<Snip