Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens – Product Description:
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Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens – Review:
EXCELLENT IMAGES, SMALL, LIGHT AND ACCEPTS FILTERS!
The small size of the 9-18mm is the first striking observation when I unpacked the lens — it’s only slighty larger than the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens and much smaller (in its retracted position, it extends for use with a small slide switch on the lens barrel) than the Panasonic 14-45mm lens. Zooming is smooth and the lens extends as it zooms but not enough to become awkward. Image clarity and color are very good and the field of view range is excellent for wide angle work. The lens is threaded to accept 52mm filters and does not rotate while focusing or zooming — so a circular polarizer will remain in adjustment.
A slight amount of chromatic aberation is apparent in the corners of the image but not in the central area, not objectionable to my eye and easily corrected.
The 35mm equivalent 18-36mm field of view is outstanding on a Micro Four Thirds camera — especially for such a small and lightweight lens.
The chief competitor is the Panasonic 7-14mm lens, also rated highly by reviewers and offering the advantages of wider field of view (35mm equivalent 14-28mm) and some auto-correction when used on a Panasonic camera but more expensive, larger and does not accept filters.
This lens is not stabilized on a Panasonic camera but is stabilized on Olympus cameras since they have camera-body stabilization — although a wide angle lens shows little hand vibration.
I would give the lens 5 stars but I’m disappointed at this price that it comes without a hood or even a soft case, items that are included on lenses like the Panasonic 14-45mm, 45mm and 45-200mm lenses.
Overall, I highly recommend this lens so far based on a few days use.