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Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
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Big, fast, expensive and very promising optically - the Digital Zuiko 14-35 f/2.0 SWD

A dozen 14-35 SWD images for you to download

UPDATE - Second page of 'bokeh' example images added.

The brand new and rather exotic Olympus Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 has just arrived at the FTU office for testing. We've scrambled together a gallery of a dozen images for your perusal; you can download either un-edited in-camera JPEG or RAW files for your evaluation. All the JPEGs were taken with noise filtering on our E-3 set to standard mode, so for optimal examination of the sharpness of the images, you'd probably want to examine the RAW files.

We'll have a more in-depth look at this lens in a future article.

All the images were taken hand held, using an Olympus E-3. Click on the thumbnail to view the JPEG version of the image, or click on the link below to download the original RAW file. Please bear in mind these are very large files.

P4088703 -This is a view I often use to provoke fringing at the sides of the frame. At f/2.0 it has to be said this is a very good result. 1/6400th, f/2.0, f=14mm, ISO 100.
P4088704 - Another f/2.0 shot, this time at the long end (35mm) end of the zooom range. 1/3200th, f/2.0, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088710 - Here is a more conventional shot, at f/5.6, which is probably the optimal aperture for this lens. 1/500th, f/5.6, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088712 - Wide open again, at 35mm, depth of field is limited, but where it is in focus at the corners, sharpness is very good. 1/2000th, f/2.0, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088713 - I cropped and tweaked this shot to good effect and posted it in my gallery. Feedback on the defocused areas, or 'bokeh' has been positive. The high shutter speed afforded by the fast aperture helped freeze the blooms being blown about in the wind. This low angle shot was helped by live view mode, too. 1/2000th, f/2.0, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088719 - Once again, at an optimum f/5.6, there is plenty of crips detail and little sign of fringing. At 19mm the zoom is approaching the middle of its range. 1/500th, f/5.6, f=19mm, ISO 100.
P4088734 - This shot was a tough test for the Digital Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 pancake lens, with corner detail in the tree branches showing disappointing purple fringing. All things considered, the 14-35 does a much better job, despite being a whole stop brighter and not having the advantage of being a prime lens. 1/2000th, f/2.0, f=19mm, ISO 100.
P4088737 - Here is the same view as the previous one, but stopped down to f/5.6. 1/250th, f/5.6, f=19mm, ISO 100.
P4088751 - Focus is on the front of this long boat. Shot at f/2.0, the limited depth of field is apparent if you look to the rear of the vessel. 1/640th, f/2.0, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088752 - Depth of field, even for long shots like this, is no longer a concern at f/5.6. 1/125th, f/5.6, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088754 - Spot the primrose flowers to the left, some welcome colour to contrast with the junk in the front of a canal boat. The E-3 and 14-35 combine to produced some nice colour and tones. 1/50th, f/2.0, f=35mm, ISO 100.
P4088755 - Finally, a demonstration of limited depth of field at near full aperture, shot at 35mm and f/2.2. 1/800th, f/2.2, f=35mm, ISO 100.
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Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples

Four Thirds User editorial team Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Here we have a dozen sample images, both RAW and JPEG taken with the new Olympus Digital Zuiko 14-35... (more)

fluffy Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Very, very impressive. I'm not a huge fan of wide zooms, but I might have to make an exception. B... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
No idea, these self-publicist wannabee interlopers get everywhere! *LOL Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
I see from our stats that plenty of people are downloading the samples but nobody is commenting her... (more)

f22 Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Ian, First post so hello and thakyou for the samples. They look very impressive and sharp across ... (more)

thestickman Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
I think the problem is that having seen the images most people are in their attics looking for thing... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Yes, it should be great for that application. And although a big lens, it's a lot smaller and lig... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Hahaha! You've been watching too much Cash in the Attic *LOL Ian... (more)

f22 Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Ian, Thankyou for the feedback, I am very pleased with the quality of the 35-100, and if this op... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
The 35-100 is optically superb. A review of this lens is coming here soon. It can be used wide op... (more)

f22 Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Ian Yep the filter for the 35-100 hurt my wallet, but what a lens. Looks like the 14-35 will be ... (more)

yyshiu Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Hi, if possible, I would like to know its wide open performance at at 14mm, 17.5mm and 25mm to check... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
It's a nice morning here so I will try to take some shots as suggested and will add them to the g... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Ooops, had a an accident with the card I used this morning, but the sun is forecast again for tom... (more)

steve lane Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
This is a gorgeous lump of glass. My dream is to build a three lens system that incorporates the 14-... (more)

fluffy Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Agreed and in the same position. But I could even live without the 7-14. Now if I only had a spare $... (more)

Bear Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
My ideal three lens system is: 7-14 12-60 SWD 50-200 SWD Chuck in the 8mm (only because I l... (more)

Ian Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
I have now added an additional page of samples in the article, just about as you wished, to explo... (more)

f22 Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Ian, Thanks a lot for the samples, the out focus rendering looks very smooth.... (more)

yyshiu Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Ian, Thanks for your effort. boken looks nice. Would also be interested to know the boken renderi... (more)

Wickster Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Wow, looks like another awesome lens to dream about. It just hurts to be a newbie and be broke at th... (more)

thestickman Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
I'm sorry to say it never gets easier...... (more)

Barr1e Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
Hi and welcome. I'm sure one day you could own one - I'm dreaming too. Regards. Barr1e... (more)

giorgosmit Re: Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples
I looked at the samples and all I have to say is Holly Molly! Errr... how much can I get for a Konik... (more)

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