Bytesmiths's reviews

  • Olympus 7-14mm f/4 Zuiko Digital

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    zero distortion, very low flare
    big & heavy, price

    I bought the E-300 just so I could use this lens! No other DSLR manufacturer has anything like it. Only the full-frame hybrids can go as wide, but only with old film lenses, which are not designed for digital.

    I typically only use it at the extremes of the zoom range. I would have been just as happy with a fixed-length 7mm, especially if giving up zoom would have given me more aperture. But beggars can't be choosers -- at the time I bought it, it was the only way to get outstanding quality 14mm-equivalent field of view.

    reviewed October 25th, 2005 (purchased for $1,649)
  • Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    image quality, light weight
    slow macro focus, bayonet attachment

    A wonderful portrait/macro combo! This fills the role of my OM Zuiko 90/2, my favorite film lens, but at a third of the weight and size.

    The bayonet hood/filter attachment is non-standard, and using the E twinlight or ringlight requires an expensive attachment.

    reviewed October 25th, 2005 (purchased for $639)