I’m trying to answer a question from user “jericho77″ on a well known forum here. He seems to struggle between that lens I also have, and the Olympus 12mm lens which costs about double. Here’s a recent shot taken with mine:
Coffee cups. Olympus E-PL1 with Panasonic Lumix 14mm lens at f/2.8.
For ctein from The Online Photographer, both this and the Olympus 12mm are not good enough – even the more expensive Olympus lens never gets tack sharp in the corners as he wrote. For Ming Thein, the Olympus is the better of both. For me, and for most of the rest of us ordinary hobby photographers?
Well – you could have a look at my Flick stream with the tag “14mm” to see more and better examples of what I did with that little guy until now. Flare? CA? Soft corners? Well under control IMHO if you half know what you’re doing, and doing it properly. Or search the whole Flickr database, or some group where you only see shots taken with that lens.
Of course there will always be better ones, most probably real 28mm lenses on the so-called “full frame” bodies, or even longer ones on medium format. Maybe the Schneider Kreuznach 14mm lens of 2014 will be better (it should at its expected price). But the question was if this one’s good enough. Of course I can only speak for myself, but in my humble opinion, this little pancake is a killer proposition. It has the same 46mm filter thread like its longer sibling, the – also very very good – 20mm. You’ll get a third-party metal lens hood fitting both (and looking cool) for around 10 additional bucks. And it really fits into your pocket, so what’s not to like?
I’m happy with it. For my needs and maximum print sizes I don’t need any bigger and maybe better one. Hope this could help to answer jericho77′s question.