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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April 4, 2015 by Bruce
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.
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April 14, 2014 by 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.
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