February 1, 2016 by 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!
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January 31, 2016 by 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.
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October 30, 2015 by 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.
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September 24, 2015 by 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.
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April 12, 2015 by 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.
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