Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3

Last updated (28 May’10):
- Review by Photo.net

Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 is a telephoto zoom lens. The lens features 18-180mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-6.3. The lens construction has 15 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 62-6.9°. Closest focusing distance at 0.45m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 lens weighs 15.5 Ounces and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 Reviews

Photo.net reviews the Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 and writes;
“Receive sharp and colorful images from this lightweight all-digital lens, from less than 18 inches away or as far as its 10x telephoto will take you. Weighing less than 16 oz., this durable, extremely portable lens is perfect for wide group shots or ‘zooming in’ on your child’s soccer game, and delivers a distortion-free view and outstanding results … “
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Popphoto.com reviews the Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 and writes;
“Olympus has staked its reputation on superior optics that handle extremely well. This very sharp and optically excellent 18-180mm carries the tradition forward in grand style.”
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Biofos.com reviews the Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 and writes;
“SHARPNESS: It’s a mixed bag of unsharpness when used wide open at wide angle that cures itself at telephoto. CONTRAST: In good lighting conditions this lens might be a tad too contrasty for some tastes… “
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Ephotozine.com reviews the Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 and writes;
“In summary, the positive points of the Olympus Zuiko 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 lens are: good focal range (although not as wide on a 2x crop), Compact size and weight, Appears well built. The negative points are: Results not stunning, CA towards the edges, MF electronically controlled, Not the cheapest available”
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User Opinions

Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 User Reviews

Excellent 10X Zoom Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve found this makes a very nice one lens walk around kit with my E500. The sharpness is certainly equal to the Olympus 14-45mm lens where they overlap, and even sharper in the telephoto end. While not a macro lens, I’ve also gotten very nice closeup photos with the lens. Of course, it is not as sharp as the 50-200mm Olympus lens, which is a much bigger and more expensive lens. Autofocus is fast and accurate. But don’t take my word. Popular Photography has just tested the lens and called it among the top zooms in its class. “ – by Ron Hartman

As good as an “All in One” gets! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality is the highest I have seen with mega-zoom lenses. I was able to get exremely sharp focus on full 360mm shots. Even with no image stabilizer the pictures are still incredible. There is no “all in one” that is perfect but this is as close as you can get. I use it on an E-500. Construction is very high compared to some of my better nikon lenses. Olympus did this right with all the right compromises in my view.” – by John N. Marzich

Accurate Positive Reviews | Rating: ★★★★★
“… The lens is much faster than the standard lenses I demoed in the stores and focuses very accurately for indoor shots. The edge sharpness is very good and focusing is spot on. I haven’t had an opportunity to use the camera outdoors which will be approximately 60 percent of its intended use. I’ll update this review once I have some experience using it outdoors. But I’ve come to believe that if it performs well indoors the type of outdoor use I plan will probably be very satisfactory.” – by T. Wright

Great Zoom lens, ideal for daylight or bright light scenes | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’ve used this for about a month now and so far I’ve been quite pleased with the performance of this lens. Other than the impressive zoom, there really isn’t anything very impressive about the lens. The F3.5 falls off very quickly to F5.1 at about 50mm, which means the lens is overall pretty slow. Size-wise, the lens is quite compact, but not as light as I thought it would be. The lens is pretty heavy as compared to the kit lens (although this is understandable). However, I do find myself using this lens less often as compared to the kit lens especially because of the weight. The lens works really, really well in daylight and produces some stunning results, but I would definitely not recommend this for too much night scene photography. I’m contemplating the 18-50mm F2.8 Sigma which does seem like a great night scene lens. “ – by R. Sarma “rssarma”

Great Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my go to lens I almost never take it off of my camera. I have great clarity and no chromatic or optical aberrations the range of field is great. I can not say enough about this lens. “ – by K. Hamby “longhunter”

Great lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this lens for my Olympus E 500 around 6 months ago. I was looking for a tele photo lens in an affrodable price. This is a 10X Zoom lens which in the ideal conditions works extremly good! This lens is ideal for landscapes shoots, sports and low light scenes. For low light scenes I would recomend to use a tripod. The lens is quite heavy for it’s size so maybe after a while your neck will feel tired. This lens is not good for macro shots… or at least I haven’t found the way to use it for macro shots yet. Other than that, I would say this lens is really good. “ – by Dorca N. Cobian

For globetrotters | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Very goog lens. You’ve not to change each time between two lenses, so less problem vith dust and you are always ready to shoot. “ – by Guillaume Ferreux

Olympus Zuiko 18-180mm lense | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this lens to go with my purchase of an Olympus e520 DSLR. I wanted one lens that would cover a multitude of situations since I don’t like to carry a lot of stuff. I am extremely pleased so far. The lens will capture what I want in most situations and is fairly compact and light. Pictures come out crisp and full colored. “ – by CoachK “CoachK”

The Only Lens I Use | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is the only lens I use on my 510 these days. I do a lot of Real Estate related photography and this lens seems to be the jack of all trades. Since most of my photos are shot in natural daylight, I get stunning results. I got two kit lenses with my camera when I bought it, but I honestly cannot tell you where they are now. I haven’t used them since I got this lens. I have noticed some minor focusing issues with interior shots, but it just takes a little patience to get the shot. I take about 200 to 500 photos per month with this lens. I have no complaints regarding this lens. It saves me a lot of time. “ – by Darryl Pierce

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Features & Specifications

Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 Specifications

Receive sharp and colorful images from this lightweight all-digital lens, from less than 18 inches away or as far as its 10x telephoto will take you. Weighing less than 16 oz., this durable, extremely portable lens is perfect for wide group shots or “zooming in” on your child’s soccer game, and delivers a distortion-free view and outstanding results thanks to ED glass lens elements and its built-in CPU that automatically corrects lens, shading and exposure information.

The sophisticated line of Zuiko Digital lenses is designed to professional standards to provide professional results in every facet of their use. Coreless motors provide impressive speed. A dedicated computer processor supplies intuitive image data transfer. A wide focal range gives you the flexibility to perfectly frame and capture detailed images near and far. Precision crafted optics–including fine aspherical and ED glass elements–produce the finest image results. And a digital specific design based on the Four Thirds System makes this lens virtually effortless to carry and use. This is not a lens built specifically for the E-1 Digital SLR; it is a lens built specifically for you.

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