Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 E-ED Digital Zoom Lens for E Series DSLRs - (Four Thirds System)

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100% Digital-Specific Lens for Sharpness and Rich Colors...

The 9-18mm lens is part of Olympus' expanding line of 100 percent digital lenses designed specifically for digital photography. Unlike other camera companies, Olympus does not rely on old film lenses, which often result in images with softedges or other imperfections.

Olympus has applied its optical expertise to develop the Zuiko Digital 18-36mm equivalent (ED 9-18mm Four Thirds) f4.0-f5.6, a super-wide-angle zoom lens covering a wide focal length range. This compact ultra-wide-angle zoom lens can be used on any of the Olympus E-System digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera bodies, and measures only 3 inches long and weighs a mere 9.88 ounces for greater portability.

The lens lightweight design coupled with In-Body Image Stabilization available in the flagship E-3, E-510 and E-520 makes capturing amazing, blur-free images possible even without a tripod.

Olympus now offers two super-wide-angle zoom lenses (9-18mm affordable consumer lens and 7-14mm splash-proof lens for the pro photographer) that feature both a focal distance equivalent to less than 20mm on a 35mm camera and image stabilization.

Pairing this lens or any of the other Zuiko digital lenses with the new E-520, and its in-body image stabilization, provides a combination ideal for lower light shots like a fountain at night. This combination offers image stabilization for a super wide-angle zoom not found in camera systems with in-lens stabilization.



The Olympus 9-18mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Olympus 9-18mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Olympus 9-18mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus 9-18mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Lightweight (9),Easily interchangeable (8),Consistent output (6),Durable (5),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (9),General purpose (3),Landscape photography (3),Night photography (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Olympus 9-18mm Features

  • Super wide angle capabilities from 9-18mm (35mm equivalent 18-36mm)
  • Digital Four Thirds Standard
  • Compatible with all Four Thirds Standard cameras
  • Ultra-compact dimensions (3.83" in diameter and 3" in length)
  • Light weight (9.87 oz.)
  • 13 lens elements in 9 groups, including 1 aspherical ED lens and 2 aspherical elements
  • Minimum focusing distance of 25cm
  • Excellent complement to the Zuiko Digital ED 18-180mm 1:3.5-6.3 (35mm equivalent36-360mm) lens

Olympus 9-18mm Specifications

Focal Length
9-18mm (35mm equivalent focal length 18-36mm)
Lens construction
13 Elements in 9 Groups, including ED Glass Aspherical Lens, Aspherical Lens & DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) Lens
Angle of View
100 to 62 Degree
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m
Maximum Image Magnification
0.12x (35mm equivalent Maximum Image Magnification 0.24x)
Minimum Field Size
111 x 148mm
Number of Blades
7 (Circular aperture diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture
F4.0 (9mm)-F5.6 (18mm)
Minimum Aperture
f 22
Filter Size
72mm
Dimension
3.12 x 2.85" / 79.5 x 73mm
Weight
9.7 oz / 275g

Olympus 9-18mm Reviews

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4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bang for buck

Olympus finally released their "budget" priced 9-18mm wide angle, and so I scooped one up. Alot to talk about here. Compared to other companies propietary super-wides, it is indeed well priced. When compared to my Nikon 12-24, which is suppoosed to give the same exact angle of view, barring aspect ratio difference, the 9-18mm (both lenses are supposed to give the 35mm equivalent to 18-36), is actually wider, edge to edge, and that makes it all the more better considering that the four-thirds ...

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Olympus finally released their "budget" priced 9-18mm wide angle, and so I scooped one up. Alot to talk about here. Compared to other companies propietary super-wides, it is indeed well priced. When compared to my Nikon 12-24, which is suppoosed to give the same exact angle of view, barring aspect ratio difference, the 9-18mm (both lenses are supposed to give the 35mm equivalent to 18-36), is actually wider, edge to edge, and that makes it all the more better considering that the four-thirds lenses give us more image on the vertical axis too, when shot horizontally. So, you get more image than even Olympus says. This is a plus. Now onto other things; the lens is suprisingly much smaller than I expected, with the body of the lens being the same size as the very compact 14-42 lens. Only the front element is larger, and even with the 72mm diameter, it still seems very small. Also, it's extremely lightweight. How does it perform? Outside in daylight, the lens is very sharp and contrasty with only minor noticeable edge softening. Of course, there is some wide angle distortion, but much less than expected with an ultra-wide like this. Inside, when the f-stop is opened up to its widest, the lens still performs extremely well, but there is more noticeable edge softening. Compared to my Nikon, it's pretty comparable actually, so this lens is a bargain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

WARNING: Not for Micro 4/3 cameras

I am rating on my experience with Adorama. As a novice MFT owner, I was unaware of the difference between 4/3 and MFT. No explicit warning was provided. The sad result was running up bill for shipping, for the return and for overnight for a replacement lens.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
1.0

WARNING: Not for Micro 4/3 cameras

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from Denver, CO  -  Pro Photographer

I am rating on my experience with Adorama. As a novice MFT owner, I was unaware of the difference between 4/3 and MFT. No explicit warning was provided. The sad result was running up bill for shipping, for the return and for overnight for a replacement lens.

 
5.0

Bought Used Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm Lens

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from Portland, OR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this lens on my Olympus E620. And while I was nervous about buying a used Lens, I do trust Adorama . I got a quality lens, saved some money, the shots I've taken with it have been great, and I'm very happy I made this purchase.

 
5.0

Great Lens and price is great.

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from San Jacinto, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Landscape/Scenery is great having a maximum 100° field of view with little or no distortion. The size and weight are great, about the same as the 14mm-45mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens that came with the camera.

 
5.0

Does Its Job

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from Bayonne, NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

As with all current manufacturers, it should be a larger constant maximum apeerture. I would prefer f2.8 constant throughout its zoom range. Manufacturers compensate for the slow maximum apertures by advertising amazingly high ISO's for their cameras. Back when High Speed Ektachrome (ISO 160) was the fastest reliable slide film, aftermarket (Soligor, Vivitar) zoom lenses regularly had constant f2.8 maximum apertures.

 
4.0

So far, so Good

By

from Wethersfield, CT  -  Casual Photographer

I have recently converted over to digital photography. In reveiewing the items available, I was surprised at the cost for a wide angle lens. I found this lens to be reasonably priced although I bought the entire Olympus E-System for less money and got two lenses. The lens is quickly changed and has more uses than I thought. So far, I am very pleased withthe lens and hope to do more experimenting.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wide and light weight

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from Ct  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a lightweight 18-36mm lens which takes up very little space in your camera bag. It is not as expensive as the Panasonic 7-14mm by several hundred dollars and the wide end is not that far apart (14 vs 18). Good value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Wide Angle LEns

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from Greer, SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

When you need a wide angle lens for your Olympus E system cameras, this lens is an excellent choice. For price and features it is a great lens.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's Sharp From Corner to Corner!

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from Solon, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been wanting a Ultra Wide for a few years. I also Own Nikon and Canon but I always thought that the manufacturers lens were very expensive and heavy. The main reason I went to Olympus was there high quality tack sharp glass, the reasonable price for their lenses and the really light weight. When I compared my 40D with a 10-24 lens and my Olympus E-30, the Canon felt like a brick! There must have been 1-2 lbs of difference! I also like that the 9-18 only uses a 72mm lens filter instead of 77. Another thing I noticed about the Olympus 9-18 is that on my E-30 wide open with the built in flash there is no shadow cast by the lens! Plus with their high dispersion glass I have noticed no lens flare either. This lens is a home run.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprising performance

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from Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love the view that this lens puts out. The edges are in great focus. I like how you can get somewhat of a fisheye look without the expense.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very nice budget lens

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from San diego  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a very good sharp lens by olympus happy i didn't go with the olympus 11-22mm, The lens has quick focus very wide angle, personally i wish it was japanese construction but it does have a metal mount. Overall great lense for the four third (4/3) family

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CARL H  WAnted wider angle of view than the kit lens provides.
Shopper  could you please tell me the difference between the Olympus M ED 9-18mm lens and this one? I have become very confused by the 2 lenses! Thanks.
MARK H  The "M" in the M ED, stands for micro. The micro lenses fit on the PEN camera.
Shopper  is this a lens that would fit on a e500? Reviews noted that it is for the other olympus system. What is best option for a wide angle? I also looked at a converter, which is currently in my basket. I have the standard lenses and just want allittle more.
WILLIAM F  Yes, I own a E 500 and it fits it but I mainly use it on my E-5. I would just go with the lens and skip the converter, I'm very satisfied with the results.
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