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tspore
03-28-2008, 12:00 AM
<img name="" src="http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271386802_wCCBJ-S.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt=""> <br>
I will post some early test's, and images as they are available, here are a few in this <a href="http://43photo.smugmug.com/gallery/4602117_Nk5Qa#271383070" target="_blank">gallery</a> <br >
So I have my hands on the 14-35mm lens. It is now shipping. I just got it in the mail today, so they should be showing up in stores soon.
First impressions - No CA, Very Sharp at all focal lengths, and all fstops.
Size - Quite big, but with the SWD motor it focuses very quickly.
.

A bit silly on the E-420...
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271385759_ZvwxK-S.jpg

Sorry no time for official pictures, but here is the 12-60, 14-35, and 35-100 all together.
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271386952_PUW5U-S.jpg

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271387512_HZsDj-S.jpg
It is built very well, and infact I think that it really is one of the finest lenses I have ever owned.

Notice also the slide out for a filter adjustment - Just like the 35-100mm.

And now a couple snaps - These are all in camera jpeg's from my E-3.
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271384036_btrWZ-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271384036_btrWZ-XL.jpg)
F2.0


http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271385614_Xap5v-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271385614_Xap5v-XL.jpg)
f4.0

really I am beginning to think that with the E-3 this lens really shows the benefits of the SWD and the E-3's AF. It is very fast to focus, and accurate. These sample shots are just quick snaps.
I really like the Boken.

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271384442_se68s-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271384442_se68s-XL.jpg)

I will show the quick focus test I did tonight or tomorrow.

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hum... Now I am lusting for a 35-100 SWD. I can't afford that.

travelfotografer
03-28-2008, 12:12 AM
Never say never :D

Boy you have quite a collection!



hum... Now I am lusting for a 35-100 SWD. I can't afford that.

tspore
03-28-2008, 01:13 AM
Ok here is a test chart. Nothing in life is as boring as shooting walls. At f2.0 I think I may have not be completely square. It is a little less sharp... but this looks a little worst than it is. f2.0 is sharp, but not as sharp as the middle. It is f2.0 and at 14mm.
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271415098_PMw86-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271415098_PMw86-O.jpg)
USE caution when downloading these samples are HUGE!!!! 4000 px wide
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271413396_s65XX-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271413396_s65XX-O.jpg)
USE caution when downloading these samples are HUGE!!!! 4000 px wide
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271413858_A7AQj-S-0.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/271413858_A7AQj-O-0.jpg)
USE caution when downloading these samples are HUGE!!!! 4000 px wide

payasam
03-28-2008, 02:34 AM
Impressive performance at f/2. The price puts it beyond my reach, alas.

cifcap
03-28-2008, 04:00 AM
Considering it's price I think many people will pass and get the DZ 14-54, 12-60 or even PanaLeica'a 14-50. I'm saving money to make a buy in the mid to late spring time frame.

JW

llpoolej
03-28-2008, 06:53 AM
I can't afford a 90-250!! The 35-100 was peanuts compared to that :D

This is a beautiful lens and Jay Dickman said it was amazing when I talked with him. I don't shoot that focal length terribly often, so, as nice as it is I am not lusting after it terribly. Now the 150f2.....

acme
03-28-2008, 07:08 PM
Ok here is a test chart.

Considering an f/2 zoom in its range is unprecedented, it really does look good. Both at 14mm and at 35mm there is some improvement between f/2 and f/2.8, and interestingly f/2 at 14mm showed a soft corner while f/2 at 35mm showed a soft centre. It's possible this is field curvature and tweaking the focus point could hide it. But at any aperture it shows a lot less CA than the pancake. OTOH, it is somewhat bulkier.

Surely it'll be a gotta have lens for some.

BTW, Tony, you might want to sort your test images by common focal length rather than by common aperture. It makes comparison a little easier.

Dan
03-30-2008, 08:56 AM
hum... Now I am lusting for a 35-100 SWD. I can't afford that.

hummmmm...is this a start to a rumor?

Dan

;)

OlyShutterBug
03-30-2008, 11:08 AM
How would you say this lens compares to the 35-100mm in terms of image quality? My 35-100 is my best lens. Color and tonal fidelity as well as edge definition and sharpness are second to none. It's a very noticeable step up from the High Grade lenses (such as the 12-60mm). Would you say the 14-35 produces roughly the same image, with the same noticeable difference from the 12-60 as you'd see from the 35-100? If it's not the same image quality as the 35-100 i may pass. If it IS the same image quality, I'm definitely getting one. Any input you can offer would be helpful.

tspore
03-30-2008, 03:22 PM
hummmmm...is this a start to a rumor?
Dan
;)
No, no rumor, I really have no clue when / or even if they will released a SWD version. It is a mighty fine lens, but if they could even reduce its size by 5% I would be very happy. I like that it is 77mm filter, but it is always a touch to big for every bag that I own, and have tried (except for the very large bags, which are not practical on a daily basis)
Also the hood is a bit over sized, it is beautiful in function but storage with that is a pain as well.
So if I were to upgrade if they even released a SWD 35-100 I would like to see those issues addressed.


How would you say this lens compares to the 35-100mm in terms of image quality? My 35-100 is my best lens. Color and tonal fidelity as well as edge definition and sharpness are second to none. It's a very noticeable step up from the High Grade lenses (such as the 12-60mm). Would you say the 14-35 produces roughly the same image, with the same noticeable difference from the 12-60 as you'd see from the 35-100? If it's not the same image quality as the 35-100 i may pass. If it IS the same image quality, I'm definitely getting one. Any input you can offer would be helpful.
Compared to the 35-100, I would say that the image quality of the 14-35mm is as good or better than the 35-100. It focuses very close, and for a "kit" lens, it is very nice. I still haven't been able to get any CA, or even Vignetting from it. But I have been trying :D Really it is a very solid performer, and matches very well with the E-3 & HLD-3.
I would recommend because of the shear size of the 35-100 the 14-35mm over that lens.
I haven't found any faults with it yet.

tspore
03-30-2008, 04:19 PM
Here are a couple more - It is a slick Boken -
http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272485535_KXTdX-S.jpg
(http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272485535_KXTdX-XL.jpg)
http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272484966_aCZad-S.jpg (http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272484966_aCZad-XL.jpg)
Cody wanted to get moving.
http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272484581_yCfkB-S.jpg (http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272484581_yCfkB-XL.jpg)
Nice and sharp edge to edge.
http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272481485_C7thM-S.jpg (http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272481485_C7thM-XL.jpg)
http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272473681_Czq9v-S.jpg (http://tspore.smugmug.com/photos/272473681_Czq9v-XL.jpg)

Martinss
03-31-2008, 04:09 AM
Hmm, but in those wall tests I see a bit color shifts on edges.
So sar with 35-100 I could not see any color shifts in focuss and beyond focuss area, but in area until focuss 35-100 gives quite big color shifts.
Would be interesting to see 35-100 on same wall. :)

Anyway- overall pictures looks outstanding. And that is why I don't regret weight of 35-100 also. :)




Compared to the 35-100, I would say that the image quality of the 14-35mm is as good or better than the 35-100. It focuses very close, and for a "kit" lens, it is very nice. I still haven't been able to get any CA, or even Vignetting from it. But I have been trying :D Really it is a very solid performer, and matches very well with the E-3 & HLD-3.
I would recommend because of the shear size of the 35-100 the 14-35mm over that lens.
I haven't found any faults with it yet.

tspore
04-01-2008, 01:19 AM
Sure, I took a couple hours today to do the all so fun brick wall test, with both the 14-35, and 35-100mm. (As well as for the 25mm in the other thread.)
Really the 14-35mm isn't any worst than the 35-100mm. Both are very good lenses. you can tell a slight shift in both at the widest point for vignetting.
I have both lenses, but really I doubt in my style of shooting I will not be shooting much at 14mm f2.0, I can see 35mm f2.0, but you never know. However, I will not call 14mm f2, any thing but very good. Not excellent, but very good. Really once again Olympus has built the best in class lens.
14-35mm f2.0
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273279508_paaBG-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273279508_paaBG-XL.jpg)
14-35mm f5.6
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273289043_ZHp6L-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273289043_ZHp6L-XL.jpg)

Compared to 35-100 at f2.0
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273285282_32GMY-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273285282_32GMY-XL.jpg)
35-100 f4
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273279508_paaBG-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273279508_paaBG-XL.jpg)
(Click above for XL size, or you can change the las XL for O if you really want them)

Martinss
04-01-2008, 03:41 AM
Here really both look same... But what I want to see is something like in picture I attached- there 35-100 at F2. And you can see how it performs in both OOF areas. This is 100% crop with e-1. And here I see that what I was writing before- in focus and after focus area lens is really perfectly compensated, but before focus area there is color shifts. I guess, that for most of situations important are in focus and after focus areas. :)




Sure, I took a couple hours today to do the all so fun brick wall test, with both the 14-35, and 35-100mm. (As well as for the 25mm in the other thread.)
Really the 14-35mm isn't any worst than the 35-100mm. Both are very good lenses. you can tell a slight shift in both at the widest point for vignetting.
I have both lenses, but really I doubt in my style of shooting I will not be shooting much at 14mm f2.0, I can see 35mm f2.0, but you never know. However, I will not call 14mm f2, any thing but very good. Not excellent, but very good. Really once again Olympus has built the best in class lens.
14-35mm f2.0

tspore
04-01-2008, 09:40 PM
Ok I think this will be my last brick wall test with the Lens, but here you go.
14-35mm at 35mm
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273577662_KGZ2H-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273577662_KGZ2H-XL.jpg)
Original (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273577662_KGZ2H-O.jpg)

35-100mm at 35mm
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273578056_qr9vv-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273578056_qr9vv-XL.jpg)
Original (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273578056_qr9vv-O.jpg)

(Of course I had to move back a couple feet, because the minimum focusing distance of the 35-100mm is further from the subject than the 14-35mm, as would be expected)

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273569606_FSvrE-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273569606_FSvrE-XL.jpg)
Original (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273569606_FSvrE-O.jpg)

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273570049_mFuh8-S.jpg (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273570049_mFuh8-XL.jpg)
Original (http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/273570049_mFuh8-O.jpg)

It is quite a lens, I am sure that it will get a lot of use starting in Wedding season (May this year for me)

Martinss
04-02-2008, 03:55 AM
Thank you for your effort! :action-smiley-020:
But I probably did not not make it clear that I just wanted to see how this lens performs in extreme lighthing conditions like in sample I posted before. In those wall test shots there is no visible difference between them.

But there is no doubt that I'll buy it, starting to save $$$...:D


Ok I think this will be my last brick wall test with the Lens, but here you go.
It is quite a lens, I am sure that it will get a lot of use starting in Wedding season (May this year for me)

acme
04-02-2008, 10:30 PM
Thank you for your effort! :action-smiley-020:
But I probably did not not make it clear that I just wanted to see how this lens performs in extreme lighthing conditions like in sample I posted before. In those wall test shots there is no visible difference between them.

A scene that includes the sun and some deep shade opposite it for flare and contrast, a scene with some branches against an overcast sky for contrast and longitudinal CA, and a scene with dark roof lines, oriented at an angle to the radius (roughly tangentially) and near the edge of the frame, against an overcast sky, for lateral CA. Brick walls for overall resolution and distortion. Many combinations are possible.

lendur2
04-03-2008, 02:51 AM
hum... Now I am lusting for a 35-100 SWD. I can't afford that.

Is there an SWD version of the 35-100?

cifcap
04-03-2008, 05:56 AM
Not yet but I suspect it won't be cheap. Still good glass is good investment IMO.

JW

tspore
04-03-2008, 01:47 PM
hum... Now I am lusting for a 35-100 SWD. I can't afford that.

Is there an SWD version of the 35-100?

No SWD 35-100mm. Sorry about that. I don't even know if they will ever make one. Really the 35-100mm, is good, if hypothetically they did make a 35-100mm SWD, with just SWD, I probably wouldn't buy it. They would have to "improve" closeness to focus, reduce size, something to tempt me to buy it.
It as it stands is a very very nice lens.

jan56
06-12-2008, 03:13 AM
all looks very nice! As I'm getting me the 35-100 in 2 weeks, I have to safe a bit longer for the 2.0/14-35mm. I think it's very usefull for wedding stuff in dim churches or receptions.
Enjoy your new jewel :-)

Jan

astcell
06-12-2008, 11:38 AM
I wish I could not afford these lenses. The trouble is when you can, then you have to say hey pay the mortgage, remember your financial goals...

The more I look at this the more I feel the dealer did me a disservice by selling me the 14-54 and 50-200.