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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 ED

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Manufacturer Olympus
Model M.Zuiko Digital 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 ED
Lens style Wide angle zoom
Focal length 9 - 18 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 100 - 62 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 1:10
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 12 elements / 8 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions 56.5 x 49.5 mm
Weight 155 g
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Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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3.67 Average
Owners reviews (4)
  1. Hotte
    Hotte 21 September 2020, 13:57
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    IP 80.130.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 550 Euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: At 9 mm good central sharpness but corners relatively soft. Increasingly worse at longer focal lengths, between 14 and 18 mm sub average sharpness. Not suitable for videography: Slow (but silent) and pumping autofocus, focus breathing.

    Pros: Very compact and light, low vignetting, filters possible

    Summary: At first sight a seducing compact ultradwide lens. However optical quality at 9 mm is ok but not more. Zooming in especially above 12 mm is not recommendes because of cheap kit-lens sharpness an low speed. Not really good for for video. For this it is pretty expensive and you should try to get it used.

  2. jonnyindo
    jonnyindo 13 May 2020, 18:46
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    IP 72.133.x.x
    Owner since: 9 years
    Price: $600
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: odd construction, short when folded very long when activatged with an awkward button pushed plasticky, cheap feel f4 too slow for star photography, marginal for indoor use

    Pros: wonderfully light and compact to carry around! convenient 52mm filters! reasonably good sharpness in the center

    Summary: over the last 9 years I have occasionally thought about selling this lens but I decided that the pros listed above outweighed other Panasonic or Olympus (7-14 f2.8) alternatives

  3. zavinac
    zavinac 12 October 2016, 09:41
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    IP 91.213.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 440
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: the Olympus' first implementation of collapsible mechanisme with that pull switch is not perfect

    Pros: good optical quality, small size and weight, good match for smaller m43 cameras

    Summary: This is an underrated lens. The optical quality is more than good enough for amateur photography. The lens is small and lightweight making it a good match for smaller m43 bodies. I use it for landscape and static indoor (interior design). I would not use it for anything moving in low light (indoor) as it is not fast enough.

  4. Tadgh78
    Tadgh78 21 February 2016, 17:11
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    IP 86.47.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Too slow for normal indoor use. It might work OK for slow moving subjects if you have a camera with in body stabilisation. I don't. As soon as you take in indoors and try to photograph a young child or pet it starts to struggle. On those occasions its time to ramp up the iso or better yet switch to a prime...

    Pros: Very light compared to other wide angle zooms. Quite sharp image and a very usable zoom range. It goes from ultra wide angle to the wide end of normal range. So actually makes a pretty usable walk around lens for outdoors. I'd call this an excellent "landscape lens".

    Summary: An excellent Landscape and walk around lens.Just not Ideal for indoor use.

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