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This is the best lens I've ever used. I call it my "bag of primes." It is incredibly sharp, not just among zooms. And of course, it is as fast as many prime lenses. Downside is the size and weight, but hey, it's ƒ2! Of course it's big and heavy! It is still smaller and lighter than full frame zooms of similar reach that are a full stop slower! I think this is the ultimate "event lens." I used it to shoot a three-day conference recently, and it performed wonderfully, both in classrooms, and in a dimly-lit, 1,000 seat auditorium, with the help of the EC-14 teleconverter. It should also work well for weddings, portraits, and photojournalism. Positives: Incredibly, almost painfully sharp, at all focal lengths and all apertures, from edge-to-edge, from infinity to closest focus. One prominent review site said it was the best zoom lens of any kind from any manufacture that they had ever tested. Amazing fast ƒ2 maximum aperture, at all focal lengths. Very nearly as good with the EC-14 teleconverter, as a 49-141mm ƒ2.8 lens. Great bokeh and subject isolation when used wide open. Extremely accurate and reasonably fast auto-focus, at least on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. It was a $3k lens at one point, but can be had used for well under US $1,000 these days. Can be used with the EX-25 extension tube for close manual focusing. Excellent build quality. Negatives: Big and heavy! Lacks close focusing. Focus is slow on non-PDAF bodies, which I think is all but the Olympus OM-D E-M1, and its Mark II sibling. No auto-focus with the EX-25 extension tube. Focus changes with zoom, so limited use for video.
bjornthun posted a topic in ArchivesOlympus has finally announced that sale of the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14/2.8 Zoom and the M.Zuiko 8/1.8 Fisheye will commence in June. Here is the link to 43rumors: http://www.43rumors.com/olympus-7-14mm-8mm-and-titanium-e-m5ii-officially-announced/ Personally I'm interested in the 7-14/2.8, since it will complete my kit in the wide end.
It's 90% sure my wife and I will book a 15-day tour to South Africa in March. It will be a group tour by bus, which is something we don't normally do but for a first acquaintance with South Africa it seems ok. Program: Day 1: flight Amsterdam - Johannesburg. Day 2: Johannesburg - Pretoria - Long Tom Pass (about 375 km). Day 3: Long Tom Pass - Panorama Route - Hazyview (about 450 km). Day 4: Hazyview - Kruger National Park - Hazyview. Day 5: Hazyview - Swaziland (about 275 km) . Day 6: Swaziland - Zululand - Hluhluwe National Park (about 235 km). Day 7: Free day in Zululand. Day 8: Zululand - Durban (about 300 km). Day 9: Durban - East London (about 674 km). Day 10 : East London - Port Elizabeth (about 310 km). Day 11 : Port Elizabeth -Knysna (about 380 km). Day 12 : Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Knysna (about 240 km) . Day 13 : Knysna - Mossel Bay - Cape Town ( about 340 km). Day 14 and 15: Free days in Cape Town. Day 16 : flight Cape Town - Amsterdam. Day 17 : Arrival in Amsterdam. I'll bring my Olympus E-M10 along with the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 lens and 45mm f1.8 lens. I'm now looking into the tele (zoom) options. I want/need long reach and a price below € 600. So far I've narrowed my choice down to two options 1) Panasonic 45-175mm f4-5.6 and and 2) Olympus Stylus 1 compact camera with 28-300mm f2.8 lens (but small sensor). The Stylus 1 could also be the backup camera. I don't want to spend the money (yet) on the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 lens. is long reach a necessity? Will the slow aperture of the Panasonic be a problem? The images I see of the Stylus seem slightly soft especially at the long end. Any other thoughts or suggestions are appreciated, thanks in advance.