OLYMPUS OM-D Panasonic 7-14mm - Adobe Camera Raw

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom

It used to be that I found this lens problematic with m4/3 cameras. Sharp certainly, but there was an awful lot of CA and fringing, even on Panasonic cameras. These days with the wonders of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6, that is a thing of the past. Its no coincidence that my intention to move to a m4/3 only system has a lot to do with this.

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
Ever since I started CS6, I've been getting some superb results from almost every camera I use. With the unfortunate exception of the Fuji X-Pro 1. The new parameters available in ACR remove virtually all CA and fringing and handle dynamic range issues simply and efficiently. It is to a large extent, a great leveller. I was wondering recently if I was getting such great results with m4/3 and NEX cameras, what would my Leica M9 files look like? This morning I had a look at a few. To be honest they weren't much better. If indeed they were better at all.

I've written a lot about how good the new sharpening parameters are in ACR. Well, I'm assuming they are new because the sharpening seems cleaner and more subtle. However whether I'm right or wrong about this, I'm certainly getting some pretty impressive looking files.

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom

This ability to "neutralise" previously perceived lens problems is having a beneficial effect. The Panasonic 7-14mm wide angle lens has moved in my estimation from a good lens to a really superb one, mainly because of the absence of purple edges and fringing and the ability to provide excellent clean sharpening.

Incidentally there has been a lot written about it in the past, and there have been 1000's of words written about the "corrections' Panasonic cameras make when this lens is used, and the "ethics" of that. I've always maintained that this is greatly exaggerated. As far as I am aware, Olympus cameras do not make these "corrections" and as I think you can see from the pictures above, after a bit of manual work in Photoshop, there aren't any problems anyway. I certainly have no issues with any of the pictures I took yesterday.

So all in all a successful outcome yet again and its nice to use a seriously wide-angle lens without having to worry about magenta casts, vignetting and manual focusing. There's no doubt the 7-14mm zoom has always been a very useful lens and one that has a character all of its own. It has now become more than that for me and I can see myself using this one (This is my third!!) a lot.

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 PANASONIC 7-14mm zoom

Finally here's a video shot using the OM-D + the 7-14mm and Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses.


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