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

Last updated (24 December’12):
- Review by Lenstip

The Olympus 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 13 Elements in 9 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 100 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.25m and has a filter size of 72mm. The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens weighs 275g and it measures 79.5mm in diameter and 73mm long.

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

Expert Reviews

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

Lenstip reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“Ghosting and flares: Positioned against a very bright light, the Olympus ZD 9-18 mm fares very well. It’s difficult to get any artifacts, no matter what combination you use. The tested lens turned in an excellent performance again. Although the lens doesn’t have an ultrasonic SWD motor, the autofocus work is difficult to fault. While focusing, the Olympus 9-18 mm just buzzes quietly; the whole process is very efficient and quick.”
rating: N/A

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“At 9mm, this lens is capable of producing images with excellent resolution at moderate apertures. Wide open, the lens performs acceptably, but stopping down to f/8 produces images with excellent centre sharpness. Between 9mm and 14mm, Chromatic Aberratons are extremely well-controlled, with Imatest barely being able to detect over a quarter of a pixel width of colour fringing during testing. At 18mm, any sign of vignetting has decreased further, with the corners only 0.4 stops darker than the image centre at f/5.6.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

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

Excellent Ultra Wide Zoom, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko is an excellent ultra wide zoom in a reasonably small and light weight form factor. The quality of its images is comparable to those the Olympus standard lens series. The Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) front element enables the lens form factor. I purchased this for use on my Olympus E-520 because I wanted a relatively light weight ultra wide system with live view.” – by Stephen L Squires

A great small lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Image quality is good, but there is noticeable barrel distortion towards 9mm… Contrast (something I like) is much better than the 40-150, but not as good as the 14-54mm. Chromatic aberration happens, and is slightly worse towards the edges, but is not too bad. Sharpness I am less attuned to because all Olympus lenses are sharp and I rarely view the corners of my pictures full size, but it is sharp from f/4 to ~f/10, about/nearly as good as the 14-54mm.” – by Raven15

4/3 system, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m from the 35mm film generation and I’m so glad I chose the four thirds system when I decided to upgrade to digital. My Lumix has now 3 lenses from 3 different brands and this Olympus lens is absolutely incredible for this price and versatility. This is the equivalent of an 18mm in the 35mm format, plenty for day to day wide angle use, and I’m already planning my next vacation around this marvel.” – by Daniel Suarez

Good enough for me, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I use the lens on an E1 body and I see no apparent distinction between the quality of the images taken with this lens and the others that I own. I installed a protective u.v. filter on this lens and i’ve seen no signs of vignetting on the shots that i’ve taken. There is some distortion at the wide end, but not enough to bother me…” – by A. Cowart

an important focal range well served | Rating: ★★★★★
“Olympus controls the size and cost by staying within the not-particularly-fast f/4.0-5.6, but overall this is a very reasonable compromise. For image quality, it sets a high standard. It is superior to the quite satisfactory kit lenses.” – by Jeremy

wider is better | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a lens that is light, smooth, sharp, and can open doors in your photography if you’ve never had ultra wide lens before. You probably need to have a history of liking wide angle views, if you find your eye concentrating mostly on telephoto shots, you may not get into the wide angle world. If you like to be creative, capture images that you cannot get with the “standard” wide, normal, and telephoto lens, then go for it. “ – by Bill Beerman

Great lens for architecture and travel, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The only issues I had with the lens are that I had to get used to getting very close to people if I wanted them to be a decent size in the picture relative to the background. Additionally, I never noticed this when shooting, but when I looked at the images at home I could notice some distortion on images at the 9mm range, but it was confined to the edges of the shot and not too noticeable. I imagine I could correct it in Photoshop as well if I took the time to teach myself how.” – by C. Heinonen

Great lens for the price.., | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Although I don’t use wide angle a lot I’m happy I got this lens. It is pretty sharp and even edge to edge considering that it is an “ultra” wide angle zoom. I’m impressed! “ – by C. Grove

Outstanding lens for a very reasonable price, | Rating: ★★★★★
“With this lens Olympus has given us an alternative to the $1700 7-14mm f/4.0 at less than 1/3 the price. It’s not quite as wide, and the build quality isn’t as high, and it isn’t weather sealed, but it’s also only $500. The important thing is that image quality is really excellent. I really love using this lens. It is lightweight and focuses quickly on my E-30.” – by Marty

If it’s an Olympus ZD lens, you know it’s perfect, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The glass is exceptional, yielding little distortion even at the widest angle. Color aberration, only present at the extreme edges, is virtually non-existent (I have compared the color aberration to my lenses that cost over $1100 and found no difference). If you photograph indoors a lot, this is the lens for you. If you photograph architecture a lot, this is the lens for you. It’s even good for landscapes and makes magnificant panoramas (as long as the scenery is not too far away)…” – by bdgilfry@wildchildpublishing.com

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

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Features & Specifications

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

Until now, super-wide-angle lenses tended to be big, heavy, and expensive, making it difficult for most camera users to take advantage of them. The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 promises to change all this. With its ultra compact and lightweight design and the outstanding portability, thanks to the DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens, available only with the Four Thirds System, this lens will make super-wide-angle photography friendlier and more affordable. Despite its compact size — it’s just 73 mm long and weighs a mere 280 grams — this lens boasts a long focusing range equivalent to 18-36 mm on a 35-mm camera lens.

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1 Comment »

Comment by France
2011-08-22 01:20:34

With this lens you can really feel like you are almost next to your subject. I can’t wait to get some shots at the next full moon. For the price, it is a great lens. The bokeh on this lens is nice, with a shallow DOF. That said, there are some shortcomings, but I would expect that from a telephoto zoom lens like this. First, the auto-focus will hunt in low light. I…


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