Reviews and Problems with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6
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REVIEW: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Review
3 July 2013
Excerpt: Handling and features Performance Verdict Specification This compact ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras offers a 2x zoom range equivalent to an 18-36mm lens on a 35mm camera. It costs around £450 and sports a collapsible design.
Conclusion: The Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 is without doubt a very good lens indeed, especially for a relatively inexpensive ultra-wideangle zoom. It's sharp even wide open, has negligible distortion, and shows practically no vignetting. Indeed it's a delight for pixel-peepers looking for high levels of sharpness right across the frame; there's little of the drop in sharpness towards the corners that is often encountered with wideangle zooms.
Pros: High image quality - decently sharp from centre to corner even wide open, Extremely low distortion, Essentially no falloff/vigmetting, Small and lightweight
Cons: Moderate chromatic aberration (although not excessive for an ultra-wide)
Excerpt: Like any concept, the Four Thirds imaging system has its pros and cons. On the plus side, camera bodies and lenses tend to be very compact, but then the four/thirds aspect ratio that's in keeping with pre-widescreen viewing screens now looks dated.
Excerpt: This compact ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras offers a 2x zoom range equivalent to an 18-36mm lens on a 35mm camera. It costs around £450 and sports a collapsible design.
Pros: Collapsible design, Lightweight, Fast, silent autofocus, Excellent sharpness in the centre of the frame throughout the zoom range, Low distortion, Good value compared to alternative
Cons: No lens hood supplied as standard, High CA levels towards the edges of the frame beyond 14mm, Prone to flare
Summary: A compact, high performance, wide-angle zoom lens for PEN-series cameras.The M Zuiko Digital 9-18mm f/4-5.6 was announced at PMA 2010 as the second ultra-wide zoom lens to be released for Micro Four Thirds system cameras (the first was Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 7-14mm lens). Compact and light in weight, it's an excellent match for PEN camera bodies and will be well suited for travel photography as well as other applications that require wide-angle coverage.
Pros: You want a lightweight, wide-angle zoom lens that covers most types of subjects., You'd like a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit polarisers and graduated filters., You require quiet autofocusing for shooting video., You need a lens with adequate flatness of field for architectural photography.
Cons: You need close focusing and macro capabilities., You require excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. IMATEST GRAPHS (based on JPEG files from the PEN E-P3)
Excerpt: With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is essentially silent and surprisingly quick too, thanks to a solution whereby only one compact and lightweight lens element moves on focus. The use of this solution also earned the lens the 'MSC' - Movie & Still Compatible - designation.