Reviews and Problems with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6
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jpw, B&H Photo
5 February 2014
Excerpt: when I tried out this lens in a camera store in California, it seemed fabulous -- exactly what I needed for my Black Magic Pocket. However, when the same lens arrived from B&H warehouse (a few days before I had to go on a long voyage), the zoom was not smooth, there was a nasty bump (always at the same place) in the action.
Summary: I am just an ordinary picture taker, thought this lens might be what I wanted for some wide angle shots. I can not believe I spent this kind of money for a lens that seems comparable to the kit lens 14/42
Excerpt: I wanted a wide angle lens for frequent interior architecture shots and was impressed by the write-ups I've read on this unit. Although the sharpness is OK I failed to find enough to warrant the price. I love the weight and size but don't like the plasticky feel of the lens or its aesthetic. At 14mm focal length, I could find little advantage of this lens over the wide end of my 14-140 Panasonic Zoom.
Summary: Save a bundle. According to reviews from a large number of web sites, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 is fairly soft near the edges of the frame at all focal lengths and apertures and also suffers from bad chromatic aberration. The price is far too high to make that acceptable and I am not sure I would accept that at even half the price. But there is an alternative and when the occasional need arises I am going to use it.