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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 : Specifications and Opinions


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

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 is a wide-angle lens for 4/3, manufactured from 2010. The focus is done by Stepper Motor, the image stabilization is done by the camera.. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 512 €;
38 users have given it an average vote of 9.2 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Micro 4/3: this lens is compatible with mirrorless micro-4/3.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   9-18 mm
 Angle of view   99.9 - 61.5°  (equivalent to a 18-36mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   4/3
 Max. aperture   f/4.0-5.6
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   12 elements in 8 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.25 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.10x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No, but most cameras of this brand have built-in stabilization
 Focus   Stepper Motor
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   52 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   155 g
 Dimensions   57 x 50 mm
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avatarsenior
sent on April 02, 2021

Pros: size and weight. sharpness in the middle

Cons: slightly soft corners, closing/opening mechanism, flat delicacy.

Opinion: to think of having an equivalent 18-36mm in 155gr and 5cm is something resounding. Yet in Olympus they have succeeded (I am not aware of any optics of this size and weight of any other manufacturer and/or system). The optics themselves are not very bright, but this is not necessary to say, just read the values, and it cannot be counted among the defects. The yield is really excellent in the center and on the sides since the maximum opening. One peculiarity is that it is very sharp on neighboring subjects while losing a thread in the focus indefinitely. Closing by 1 stop improves the overall yield, while closing more has no other improvement. The extreme angles are a little soft, especially at 18mm, but this can be there. Very few aberrations and practically no flares, even without a lampshh and also in the backlights. The distortion is perfectly correct from the software and therefore can be said almost absent. A small annoyance is that you have to "open it and close it" (it has an extension mechanism) and is therefore not immediately ready for use. The small size, combined with a rather important extension, force the inner flat of the focus to wide movements in the "strait". This in the long run causes the flat to break and the consequent repair. To remain light (in full m43 philosophy) and not sacrifice yield is a must have optics, unique and incredible. For those who want to dare more, there are 7/14 (Oly and Pana) and 8/18, but let's talk about double weights and minimum sizes.

avatarjunior
sent on March 05, 2021

Pros: Small, compact, beautiful to close

Cons: When it stretches, it becomes a little "ungainly"

Opinion: Optics from my Pro point of view if it had been metal and tropicalized. Aesthetically I don't mind when it's closed, but it actually looks ugly when it opens and stretches. Opening system also this not very pleasant. Instead, I confirm the goodness of the lens from an optical point of view: crisp and with soft and pleasant colors. On the fact that it is f4.0-5.6 I do not see it on my part as a negative aspect as in my opinion its predominant use is for daytime landscapes. It doesn't come cheap even for used, and honestly for a single stop of gain compared to more famous, expensive and much heavier wide angles, I prefer this. I also hope for a "II" version maybe in metal, tropicalized and without the opening system.

avatarjunior
sent on June 05, 2020

Pros: Compactness, af speed and above all optical quality

Cons: Ugly

Opinion: Small size for such a wide-angle zoom. Surprising the quality of the images produced. Light in weight and price. It deserves to be in the photo bag of every mft user. Opens quickly with unlocking. Not beautiful for the aesthetic perhaps dated, but definitely improves with the rectangular lampshade in option.

avatarjunior
sent on April 29, 2019

Pros: Focal guessed, sharpness, lightness.

Cons: Construction, obsolete design.

Opinion: I turned around a life because of the cost not quite accessible, but in the end I found an opportunity and I launched in the purchase. At first touch it is plasticous, and does not give the feeling of robustness that give the 14-42 II R or the 14-150 II which are also plastic them but of newer design. The design is in fact the first series of optics that date back to the dawn of the M43 system. From an optical point of view instead is a bomb: always sharp with beautiful colors: a handyman. I especially love the focal: Being an admirer of the 35mm equivalent I love that from wide angle can get to 18mm (36 eq) because it covers all my possible needs. It's not bright and if that's not a problem when you make landscapes at 9mm it's a bit more at 18mm, but you can't have the full barrel and the drunken wife. Only problem: At some point the internal flat has been damaged and I had to send it to service: 200 Euri. It burned me a little, but to date there is no other lens with the same focal and size as this in the Panorama M43 (the 8-18 pana is a bison in comparison). My dream? That they do it in version "II" like the 14-150: therefore always plastic, but with the addition of tropicalization. If they did I would change it the same day.

avatarsenior
sent on January 08, 2018

Pros: Compact, resistance to flare, sharpness

Cons: Ugly, plastic and with the release button really annoying (but it is the price to pay for a 18-35eq in 5cm), the usual lens hood sold separately

Opinion: There is no doubt .. if you look compact this little Zuiko will surprise you, but you already know this just read the technical data to understand how little space they managed to put a 18-35eq, focal lengths that do not allow such small size. The defects in my view are the construction, and I wonder why they have not renewed in aesthetics as they would sell to wagon if only the barrel was PRO style. The sharpness at the edges is not exceptional especially at 9mm but not as disastrous as we read around. Having said that, let's move on to the advantages, light and compact, 52mm small and inexpensive filters, resistance to the scary flare (now I have the pana 8-18 and if the dream) sharpness in the center excellent and very beautiful colors. For those who embrace the idea of ??m4 / 3 to save weight and encumbrance, perhaps combined with some fixed on the upper focal length is definitely an excellent travel companion. Obvious considerations ... at 9mm we are at f4 and it's okay since we will often use it between f4 and f5.6 at 18mm we go to f5.6 and considering the pdc double del m4 / 3 you will almost always have everything in focus, so I suggest you combine a fixed 15/17/20/25 for when you want more brightness or less Pdc.




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