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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm / f4.0-5.6

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm / f4.0-5.6 is second widest rectilinear lens for Micro 4/3 system. It's not as wide or sharp as Panasonic 7-14mm, but it costs considerably less and accepts filters on its front end.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm / f4.0-5.6 lens details
Produced by Olympus
Lens kind Wide-angle
Is zoom Yes
Power zoom No
Focusing distance 9-18mm
Aperture f4-5.6
Autofocus Yes
Optical Image Stabilization No
Is weather sealed No
Is being produced Yes
Is discontinued No
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Daisuki Photo: Review: Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Micro Four Third Lens

Overall, it's an extremely fun to use. It has good image quality packed into a portable package. The major selling point is definitely the size of this lens.

Field Test: Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5/6 lens and SEMA-1 stereo microphone kit

The Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 is a good lens, but not a stellar one–more or less what you’d expect at this price. It has some loss of detail at the corners and some noticeable CA but the larger point is that it has a quick autofocus, it’s quiet, and it’s fun to use. It’s a really great addition to the M43 lineup even if it does have some usage overlap with the kit lens as well as the Four-Thirds 9-18mm and the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm lens.

New Olympus 9-18mm and 14-150mm Micro Four Thirds Lenses

I got a little early hands-on with the new 9-18mm lens and the auto focus performance was noticeably quicker and more accurate than the 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds kit lens.

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Review | PhotographyBLOG

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 is a positively tiny ultrawide-to-wide zoom lens that will likely impress most wide-angle enthusiasts in the Micro Four Thirds camp. Its sharpness is pretty good for its class throughout most of its zoom range, with only the extreme borders being somewhat soft for our tastes at the shortest focal length of 9mm. The essential absence of corner shading / vignetting at all focal lengths is impressive, and the close-up performance is also surprisingly good for a lens this wide.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens - Photo Review

Buy this lens if:
- You want a lightweight, wide-angle zoom lens that covers most types of subjects.
- You'd like a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit polarisers and graduated filters.
- You require quiet autofocusing for shooting video.
- You need a lens with adequate flatness of field for architectural photography.

Don't buy this lens if:
- You need close focusing and macro capabilities.
- You require excellent edge-to-edge sharpness.

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review: Digital Photography Review

The M Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6 is on the whole a fine performer, consistently delivering detailed results across a wide range of shooting conditions. Central sharpness in particular is very high, even wide open, and resistance to flare is impressive. It's not perfect - the extreme corners of the frame are somewhat soft, especially wide open, and lateral chromatic aberration is rather high, with pronounced red/cyan fringing towards the corners of the frame - but this seems a small price to pay for an ultra-wideangle zoom that slips easily into a small jacket pocket.