Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED

  • m4/3 lens format 
  • 12 elements in 8 groups; 2 DSA, 1 aspherical, 1 ED, and 1 HR elements
  • 62 to 100 degree angle of view
  • apertures from f/4 to f/22 at 9mm, 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • no image stabilization
  • 10" (0.25m) minimum focus, autofocus, manual focus, internal focus; 1:10 maximum magnification
  • 52mm filter size, no hood included
  • 2.2" x 1.9" (56.5 x 49.5mm) long and diameter
  • ? ounces (155g)
  • available in black
  • US$700 suggested retail price

Thom's Mini Review: Very usable wide angle zoom. I had high expectations for the Panasonic 45mm macro (above) and low expectations for the Olympus 9-18mm wide angle zoom. It's interesting how my opinion flopped in actual use. As it turns out, the 9-18mm spends a lot of time on my m4/3 bodies. The slow, variable aperture definitely makes this a bright light lens, but for us landscape and scenic photographers, that's not really a problem. Like the Olympus kit lens, this lens collapses when not in use, and it makes for a very compact carrying size, almost as small as the kit lens collapsed. Extended, the lens becomes a bit longer than you might expect from its collapsed size and modest focal range, but it still wouldn't qualify as a "big" lens to me. Optically, the lens is pretty close to the Panasonic 7-14mm in the overlapping range. So the issue is whether you need 14mm or 18mm equivalent at the wide end. Most people will find the Olympus just fine. I personally like the extra width of the Panny, but I can also say that I shoot more with the Oly since acquiring it. Focus is reasonably fast and precise. Panasonic body users should note that this lens does not have optical stabilization. Fair build quality. Does not come with hood (I found a screw-in metal hood that works perfectly at B&H, but there's no cap for the lens/hood combo, so you have to unscrew the hood to put the cap back on). Recommended

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