Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples



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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