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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 to 2024 (discontinued). The focus is done by Stepper Motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 450 €;
50 users have given it an average vote of 8.9 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
 Focus   Stepper Motor
 Internal Focus   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 May 30, 2023

Pros: Sharp at all focal lengths, light and small

Cons: 9mm distortion

Opinion: It is in my opinion an exceptional lens, light as a 14-42 but of a completely different paste. Very sharp, but I did not check the edges. A quick test against a building shows a bit of residual distortion even after correction. So it's not suitable for architects, but for photos in nature it's great. For me it is extra-recommended.

avatarsenior
sent on May 14, 2023

Pros: Focal range, size, weight.

Cons: Plasticaceous materials, price, absence of tropicalization, delicate.

Opinion: I had it for a few years, but I never managed to please me; It looks like a kit lens of the entry level APS-C given the materials with which it is made. The sharpness is excellent in the center, but mediocre at the edges, so either you settle or you crop. It lacks tropicalization and in a lens that uses in landscaping I find it a huge flaw. I do not know if it can depend on this absence, but I read that several specimens (including mine) have presented the problem of the flat cable, making the lens usable only between 9 and 14mm, with the other focal lengths the camera body goes into error and you have to turn off and on again; The repair is not cheap, unless you are able to perform it yourself. I resold it at a price given the problem.

avatarjunior
sent on March 11, 2023

Pros: Homogeneity of sharpness; excellent colors; dimensions when closed; filter diameter 52mm

Cons: Little usable from 14 to 18mm (AC and sharpness not exciting and only in the center of the frame); not suitable for night photos if not in support; optional original hood and unjustifiably expensive

Opinion: I was looking for a wide-angle zoom not extreme, not bulky and with the possibility of mounting filters (circular polarizer in the first place). I relied on ePHOTOzine for the technical evaluations of this class of optics, with an eye also to the price and availability of used. The problem of all three (9mm Summilux Leica f:1.7; Panasonic 7-14 f:4 and Olympus 9-18 f:4-5,6) the lenses that could meet my needs, however, was the difficulty of having center-periphery homogeneity of sharpness. According to ePHOTOzine the relatively best performance, apart from the f/ aperture, was precisely that of the Olympus 9-18 f/4.0-5.6. It is certainly not a zoom without defects: - exploitable focal excursion (in my opinion) from 9mm to 12mm approximately, which I was still fine with because at 12mm I have no problems with focal coverage gaps, having both the Panasonic 12-60mm and the lens kit 12-32mm f / 3.5-5.6 that at 12mm and all open produces very valid images; - not particularly bright but with a good homogeneity of sharpness (which worsens from 9 to 12) between f / 5.6-8.0 and bright and pleasant colors. In the end, on RCE I found a used untouched at just over half the price of the new with 2 years warranty and for now my needs as an amateur are largely met and photographer happy with the purchase.

avatarjunior
sent on September 24, 2022

Pros: Compactness, weight, colors, sharpness

Cons: Unlocking mechanism, build quality, chromatic aberrations in difficult light conditions

Opinion: In my opinion it represents a very intelligent lens, since it allows you to use ultra-wide-angle focal lengths with very low weight and size. There are no such compact alternatives in the m43 world, and also in the other systems the only one similar is the Canon M 11-22. The lens is not very bright, but for outdoor use in optimal light conditions it is perfect. Optically very good, very sharp from 9 to 14 mm, then tends to lose a little side canvases. The colors are very bright and really pleasant. I find it very useful for architectural photography indoors, where it is possible to increase the shutter speed to make up for the low brightness, and where the 9 mm allow you to expand the creative possibilities out of all proportion. The lens is a bit dated and has a particularly annoying unlocking mechanism: to extend it from the resting position, in which it is very compact, to that of use it is necessary to hold down an unlock button. Same thing when you intend to bring the lens back to the resting position. To overcome the problem you can leave the lens extended all the time, but so it is a little more cumbersome and less comfortable to carry around. This mechanism is also due to the fragility of the lens, and the various unlocking cycles can lead to the breakage of the connections and the error "attention, check that the lens is correctly hooked to the camera". It happened to me, but being still under warranty I managed to replace it. Convenient manual focus ring, on Panasonic bodies the autofocus sometimes loses strokes. A good lens, of which a more updated version would be welcome, but for now it represents almost a unicum for compactness and quality in the panorama of ultra-wide-angle lenses: rating 8.

avatarsenior
sent on March 27, 2022

Pros: Compact, lightweight, razor-sharp, good color rendering

Cons: Maybe not very bright, but for me it's not a problem

Opinion: Purchased second-hand (practically new) two years ago, it has become my travel wide-angle zoom par excellence, almost always glued to my Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II. Very light, sharp and almost invisible fully meets my needs for a versatile and compact wide-angle zoom, fully in the "micro 4/3" concept. The color rendering is also excellent and the thread of the standard filters (52mm) allows me to use any filter at a low price without problems. Keeping in mind that it is a wide angle low light is not a problem for me, thanks to the excellent stabilizer integrated in the Olympus bodies. For portraits or nature photography, where bokeh is important, I use other optics! If we really want to find flaws: hood absent in the package, unpleasant aesthetics and the need to unlock the zoom to use it. But they are little compared to the advantages of such a versatile lens.




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