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M.Zuiko ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6

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Overview

Until now, super-wide-angle lenses tended to be big, heavy, and expensive, making it difficult for most camera users to take advantage of them. The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 promises to change all this. With its ultra compact and lightweight design and the outstanding portability, thanks to the DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens, available only with the Four Thirds System, this lens will make super-wide-angle photography friendlier and more affordable. Despite its compact size — it's just 49.5mm long and weighs a mere 155 grams — this lens boasts a long focusing range equivalent to 18-36 mm on a 35-mm camera lens.

Item # 261503

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specs
Focal Length 9-18mm (35mm equivalent focal length 18-36mm)
Lens construction 12 Elements in 8 Groups, including 2 DSA lenses, Aspherical lens, ED lens & HR lens
Angle of View 100-62 degrees
Closest Focusing Distance 0.25m
Maximum Image Magnification 0.1x (35mm equivalent Maximum Image Magnification 0.2x)
Minimum Field Size 173 x 130mm
Number of Blades 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture F4 (9mm) - F5.6 (18mm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Filter Size Diameter 52mm
Dimension Diameter 56.5 x 49.5mm
Weight 155g
Box Contents Lens Cap(LC-52C), Lens Rear Cap(LR-2) , Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
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February 01, 2016

Philam

Love hate relationship

I don't think there's a cheaper wide angle AF zoom lens available in any other system to date (don't quote me on this, I just haven't found one myself). That being said, this lens does the job of lenses 2 to 5 times its price (maybe even more), but it's far from perfect.

The major drawback to this lens is its atrocious CA issues. There were times where I couldn't fix an otherwise perfect image in post. I got a bit creative, though, and now I have half of my shots with this lens in BnW, just to avoid the frustrations of dealing with it.

I never use this lens beyond 12mm. In fact, if I could have a 9mm f4.0 prime lens, I would replace it in a heart beat. The collapsible feature is a nightmare when you catch yourself reaching for your camera to catch a fleeting moment just to realize you're lens needs to be expanded in order to turn on the darn camera.

This lens is also not the sharpest in my collection, not even close. It sharpens up a hair when stepped down a stop, but not much.

As much bad as I have to say about this lens, though, it's still a huge value compared to what's out there. I can't shoot at a 18mm FOV for cheaper and this lens doesn't do a "bad" job per se, just not perfect.

Funny thing is, all of my favorite shots are with this lens. Not my long tele, my kit lens, my $500 prime, or any of my other prime jewels... nope. This lens has produced all of my personal best!

January 31, 2016

Mark E

One of my favorite lenses of all time

I have had many lenses over the past 30 years - mostly Nikon - from fast single focal length to large and heavy tele zooms. This is one of my favorites for many reasons. Very compact, very quiet focusing and very fast focusing (except in low light.) Of course it has a little trouble in low light and that should not be a surprise. In normal to bright conditions, this lens can't be better. It is very sharp, even wide open, and any distortion is handled via in-camera and desktop Olympus editing software.

Highly recommended if you don't need a very fast lens.

October 30, 2015

Stephen

Great IQ but failed after less than 2 years

For 700 bucks I expected this little lens to last longer. Sure the images it produces look great, but even though I've treated it with respect it now fails to focus (neither auto nor manual) when zoomed in towards the 18mm range. Camera body gives a range of error messages, but requires a reboot of the camera or lens to restore operation. Apparently this is a known problem with the lens as there are a number of reports detailing this issue online.

September 24, 2015

Paul

Compact brilliance

Love this tiny little zoom lens. For anyone wanting to travel fast, light and compact this is a 18-36mm (equivalent) gem. Not fast at f4-5.6, but unlike so many other lenses it is sharp wide open and with the excellent Olympus in camera stabilization, it makes this lightweight lens more useful that it might first seem. Negatives might be a lack of a lens hood given the cost and having to extend and retract the lens is a bit slower than with a normal lens that doesn't have to be extended to be used. But the images are crisp and contrasty and very useable for larger prints.

April 11, 2015

Ken

best pocket wide with 2x zoom

I'm into my second year of digital photography and I find myself more and more shooting landscapes as my primary form of photography. I needed something wide and compact. The M.Zuiko 9-18mm has fulfilled my desires of a lightweight and compact landscape lens to go with my OM-D systems. Of all the MFT lenses I own, the 9-18mm sits on my OM-D EM5 MKII 80% of the time as I want to capture what I see in the moment in front of me without the need to haul large lenses like other APSC or FF systems. If need be it acts as a 36mm equivalent focal length dialed at 18mm in a pinch to take a nice portrait without the need to swap lenses. It may not be a fast lens but discreet and light is my landscape game and this lens is not to be underestimated.

April 04, 2015

Bruce

Wonderful!

Unless you desperately need the extra 4mm equivalent of a 7-14 and must have the extra stop or two (I don't), this is a very fine WA zoom. Pricey? A bit. Some distortion at full wide? A bit, but, easily corrected in post. It's light and small and the collapsing mechanism in ingenious. Unless you need the extra width or faster stops and want to spend lots of bucks and get a much bigger, heavier lens, this is the one.

April 14, 2014

neal

Great lens.

I had the 7-14 mm f4 lens but I found it to be too large and unwieldy to use. I also found the optical quality at 7 to 9mm to not meet my standards. Although the widest setting is not quite that of the 7-14mm f4 I find that it meets all my needs and the optical quality on the 9-18mm to be superior to that of 7-14mm f4. A great lens.

March 14, 2014

Thomas

Extremely versatile.

I don't like zooms. In fact, this is the only zoom I actually own for any of my camera systems. I bought it because of the focal length and was won over by it's performance. It isn't cheap, but the range it covers means you won't be taking it off your camera very often. It's so useful I think it's a crime not to own it. Wide angles are hard enough to find interesting subject matter on both sides of the frame while keeping "clutter" out of your composition. With this lens, the zoom function is extremely helpful in this regard.

I've always jumped for the long stuff first. I would suggest to anyone going into m43rds to make this your second choice behind the 45mm 1.8. Maybe even your first choice. 18-36 is so extremely usable you shouldn't be without it. This lens is also sharpest where it counts- at the wider angle. Everytime I vacation or go sight seeing this is the one that gets the most use.

Downsides would be some corner softness and fairly pronounced distortion. But, this is to be expected for a wide angle. Have yet to own one that doesn't have some type of distortion. IQ on this lens really is stellar overall. I use it all the time and I highly suggest considering it. Build quality is very good as well. Buy it!

February 17, 2014

fpink3

A great lens for my E-M5: You need wide and this delivers.

I was lusting after the Panasonic 7-14mm f4 zoom, but it was just a little too much money. I wasn't sure I would use a wide angle that much.. I needn't have been concerned. I've been very pleased with this lens. The 18-36 mm full frame equivalent zoom range is much more useful than I expected, especially indoors. I'm almost always at the 9mm end of the zoom. It lets you take images that include everything, without any obvious distortion. It's size lets you use it more often than the larger Panasonic and it takes filters on the front and a simple lens cap. I haven't found the smaller max aperture to be any significant limitation. I can't see why anyone with an E-M5 or E-M1 would bother having with another lens in the same focal range. I have the 17mm f1.8 but I hardly ever use it in comparison. You just have to move around too much trying to get the right view. This lens is still fairly expensive. That's the only reason for four stars instead of five.

October 31, 2013

David

I had all the zooms and this is the only one I kept

I tried the 45mm prime and was hooked.
I had most of the zooms and sold them all - except this one.
The image quality was good enough that this lens was spared a listing on Craigslist!
There is no prime this wide (9mm) so this is the only choice, and it is a good one.

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