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

Last updated (01 November’11):
– Review by Photozone

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 features 9-18mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 12 Elements in 8 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 62 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.25m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens weighs 155g and it measures 56.5mm in diameter and 49.5mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

Photozone reviews the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“The optical performance, and that’s of course the key aspect, is very decent for an ultra-wide zoom lens. It may not be able to touch the stars but it can provide sharp center-to-edge quality images especially in the lower part of its zoom range. Both vignetting and lateral CAs are nothing to worry about from a field perspective. That’s also true for the distortion characteristic although that’s primarily because of the system’s auto-correction approach – the native amount of distortions is actually fairly hefty. “
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“When used wide open (ƒ/4-5.6) the Olympus 9-18mm M.Zuiko provides nicely sharp results in the central portion of the frame, in the range of 1.5-2 blur units. CA shows up substantially in the corners with this lens, though it’s not noticeable in the central region of the image. The 9-18mm autofocuses quickly, going from closest focus to infinity in less than one second.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

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

Excellent images, small, light and accepts filters | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Image clarity and color are very good and the field of view range is excellent for wide angle work. The lens is threaded to accept 52mm filters and does not rotate while focusing or zooming — so a circular polarizer will remain in adjustment. A slight amount of chromatic aberation is apparent in the corners of the image but not in the central area, not objectionable to my eye and easily corrected. “ – by Neal K. Wagner

Definite must buy for MFT users | Rating: ★★★★☆
“..Autofocus–> basically, decent enough for me. Expect in dim lighting, the autofocus is quick and precise. For those with the regular four-thirds 9-18mm, this micro fourthirds 9-18mm is much much much quicker in regards to autofocus…” – by Harry M. Shin

So how does it compare to the Lumix 7-14? | Rating: ★★★★★
“For those that enjoy wide angle shooting as a standard, the 9-18 is spectacular and will possibly become your go-to lens, especially during the day when you can keep your aperture as low as possible. For thiose that only dabble in big sky shots, the 7-14 has more of that fabulous bottom range and the images are a touch more vivid, crisper in the center, slightly more satisfying. “ – by Stephen Wilesmith

Panny 7-14mm vs Oly 9-18mm | Rating: ★★★★☆
“7mm vs 9mm on WA is very significant on m4/3, at least about a foot or so extra width on either side shooting down a 15′ wide entrance hall. If you must have maximum WA, stop reading, go with Panny, if you want slighty sharper pix, go with Oly. I suspect a good RAW workflow could largely equalize these two differences. As far as the 7-9mm range, objects close to the lens will show the fisheye type curvature (not that bad), anything over 10 feet away will look pretty normal.” – by J. A Harring

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

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Features & Specifications

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

The M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 (35mm equivalent 18-36mm) lens is designed to maximize the performance advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System, and it’s significantly lighter and more compact–easily fitting in a jacket pocket.

The new lens, made with ED (extra-low dispersion) glass for superior image quality, complements the design of the PEN cameras, including the powerfully simple E-PL1, making it the all-in-one package for consumers with any skill level, including those who are new to photography.

The Micro Four Thirds System standard meets the telecentric requirements of dedicated digital design. Light rays strike the imaging element nearly head-on for optimum edge-to-edge image reproduction. It also enables much more compact design than the Four Thirds System standard (or other interchangeable lens systems) because it reduces the outer diameter of the lens mount by 6mm, and the distance from the lens mount to the sensor (the flange back distance) by approximately half. As a result, M. Zuiko Digital Micro Four Thirds System lenses offer uncompromising professional quality for capturing both still-images and High-Definition (HD) videos, and the lenses are exceptionally compact to make capturing your life more fun.

The super wide-angle M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 zoom lens (35mm equivalent 18-36mm) offers a 100 percent angle of view, and overturns the rule that super wide-angle zooms have to be big and heavy. With a length of just 49mm and a weight of just 155g, it is less than half the size and 60 percent of the weight of the ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6. With its wide angle of view, including background scenery in group photos is a snap, and it can be used to create unique images with a sense of dramatically exaggerated perspective.

By maximizing the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System design, compact size, low weight and amazing image quality, the new lens significantly expand the photographic potential of the system. The inner focusing mechanism uses a light, compact, single-element unit to enable exceptionally fast, quiet autofocusing for smooth, superior operating ease during still and video capture. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel and precise operation, enabling you an affordable, high-quality means to capture your life in stills or HD videos.

The 9-18mm lens also offers quieter and more responsive AF performance, and provide professional image quality for capturing amazing still images and videos. It is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds System Olympus PEN cameras, and all other current and future cameras that comply with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. When mounted on an Olympus PEN camera, the lens is stabilized thanks to the camera’s in-body Image Stabilization system and offer effective shake compensation at all focal lengths.

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