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Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)

You Pay: $449.00

This lightweight, compact lens has a 10x zoom range covering the equivalent of a 36-360mm lens on a 35mm camera. The closest focusing distance is down to 45cm in entire zoom area, and 0.23x (equivalent to 0.46x on a 35mm camera) of magnification allows for superb macro shots. Two ED lenses and two aspherical lenses compensate for optical aberration to give the lens high-performance through the entire zoom range.

Performance
Focal Length 18 - 180mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 36 - 360 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 62° - 6.9°
Minimum Focus Distance 17.7" (45 cm)
Magnification 0.23x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 15/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 3.33" (7.8 x 8.45 cm)
Weight 15.34 oz (435 g)
Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
  • LC-62B 62mm Front Lens Cap
  • LR-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • LH-65 Lens Hood
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year U.S.A. Limited Warranty
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    Olympus18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (26)
    • Easily interchangeable (26)
    • Durable (20)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
    • Strong construction (20)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Slow focus (8)
    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Sports/action (16)
    • Wildlife photos (16)
    • General purpose (14)
    • Weddings (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great travel lens.

    I have had this lens for close to 2 years. This is a great general purpose lens. Take anywhere anytime, especially outdoor activities. Cheap enough that if it breaks, replace it. Good...Read complete review

    I have had this lens for close to 2 years. This is a great general purpose lens. Take anywhere anytime, especially outdoor activities. Cheap enough that if it breaks, replace it. Good enough that most pictures are incredible (good optics). Biggest issue is trouble with FL-36 and red-eye reduction, flash has trouble synchronizing (both with E-500 and E-510). I thought it was the camera until I tried other lenses. It has trouble focusing in low light, so indoors photos are usually a challenge. While the lens has its drawbacks, in their website Olympus does define three levels of quality on their lenses, and this one is at the low one. You are getting what you pay for (and more), a great general purpose lens for most of your activities. I would recommend a tripod when at the 180 range, but if you have the E-510 you can get by without.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Everything youd expect from a super zoom

    This lens is a joy to work with, but you have to be willing to live with its sharpness limitations when you look at the pictures.

    I have an E3 that I...Read complete review

    This lens is a joy to work with, but you have to be willing to live with its sharpness limitations when you look at the pictures.

    I have an E3 that I use primarily for macro photography and portraits. I slap the 18-180 on the camera when I'm going on an outing with my kids and don't want to interrupt the fun by changing lenses. It is respectably fast in any light, super lightweight (compared to the metal-body E3), and the super-zoom can handle any subject material from landscapes to tight portraits to action. Combined with the fast focus and frame rate of the E3, this lens gives me a wonderful sense of freedom.

    After 2 years with this lens I still feel a bit let down when I get home and process the shots. The focus is never anywhere near as sharp as any other prime or 3X lens I own. But this is what one expects with a super-zoom. I have tried to deal with it by using a lens-specific sharpening setting when importing photos to my software.

    The trade-off is worth it. I catch lots of moments that no other combination of components could capture, but at effectively half the resolution that the camera is capable of.

    Reviewed by 52 customers

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Rafi

    from Tel Aviv Israel

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

      I used it recently on an outing in which I had to take photos of a model doing snappling. The rsukts were very good.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great for beginners!

      By Meg

      from Springfield, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

            I purchased this lens as a last minute fix for a one lens solution. I was shooting my very first wedding (family member) and I wanted a better lens than the two that came with my e520. This being my first big camera lens buy, I was really nervous. Some of the reviews said the shutter speed was really slow.

            In the end, the shutter speed felt right with the e520. I got some gorgeous pictures with bright, vibrant colors. If you need a relatively cheap lens, I say go for it! I think you'll like this lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent performance, very satisfied.

            By Old Photo Booky

            from Bella Vista, AR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

              I am a enthusiast amateur photographer. This zoom lens works very well with my E-520 . I am using the wide angle range more than I expected. This zoom lens is worth the money. It exceeds the quality of the standard 14-42 and 42-150 kit lenses when comparing the print quality. When using the aperture priority settings in the 100-800 iso range the results for 8x10 are excellent. It has added new life to my E-520 years.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent travel lens

              By Phil

              from Davison,Mi

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

              I use this for travel and general photos.The sharpness of this lens is noticeably better than the two kit lenses. I am very pleased with the result I have had.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Happy Camper

              By Zydeco Gene

              from Hellertown,Pa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

              Being a amateur photographer for years. I relish digital photography I purchased the 18-180 zuiko lens to get more versatility.This lens has been a pleasant surprise and I'm very satisfied with it.

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              5.0

              18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom

              By G-Pa

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Slow Focus
              • Slow focus 180mm

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

              [...] I have used this for about two weeks now, and have found it to be as advertised and more. It replaced the kit 50-150 kit lens and what an improvement. I am amazed at the clarity and focus of this lens. At full extension, a bit slow in the AF, but other that this little niggle, I am very impressed with the lens. This lens is making a better photographer out of me. Works superbly on my E-600. A very happy customer.

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              5.0

              I would buy such a product again

              By Claude

              from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Qc, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portrait
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                Since I am an Olympus user for years, I own five Olympus lenses for my E30 and I challenged myself to use two lenses only on my photography trips. I decided to use both 9@18mm and 18@180mm. With these lenses I cover a wide spectrum of photography. But the 18@180mm is very special it gives me so much latitude when I have to zoom in on my subjects. The downside is its apertude f/3.5-6.3 which sometime is not enough.
                But I do like this lens.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A very good product

                By JSehgal

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                    I was looking for a zoom lens for my Olympus E510 that would cover a majority of my zoom requirements while avoiding the need for lens change overs. This lens fits the bill. It zooms smoothly and has adequate aperture for most needs. I have retired the two lenses that came with the camera kit originally. I have owned it only for three weeks and have taken sufficient number of pictures with it to be satisfied in general with ease of use and quality. Weight is not a problem as the original tele-zoom lens is just as heavy.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Exactly what I was looking for

                    By DDS

                    from Putnam County, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                      Not the most expensive lens out there for sure. But I was replacing the original zoom lens that came with my Evolt 500. So far I am pleased.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      18-180 mm Olympus Lens

                      By Socks

                      from Mpls.,MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Great picture quality
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                      18-180 lens is a great lens. Good and durable. A great walk around lens, I did not find it heavy,very managable.
                      I was hoping it would be a great lens for inside action shots. Unfortunately not fast enough lens to capture indoor action shots.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great overall lens.

                      By Rico

                      from Selkirk, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Pricey but worth it

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                      This lens is a great overall lens. 18mm for those landscape shots and easily zooms up to 180mm for close ups. Very nice for traveling when your short on cargo space. A little pricey, but compared to other lenses on this category of lenses, it's well worth the price.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens for a Great Camera

                      By Lef Jack

                      from NW Indiana

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                        Able to use this lens for close ups, landscape and anything else that piques my fancy. Just a great lens for my E-3.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Just what I was wanting!

                        By PhotoNut

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                            I was looking for a lens that would cover a large range - wide angle to telephoto and still give me crisp pictures. So far I am very happy with this lens, though I have a lot of experimenting to do yet!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            I love this lens. I

                            By na

                            from na

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                              I used it to take family photos so far.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Gift

                              By MikeT

                              from Oklahoma

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                                  Gave the lens to my father for Christmas, hard man to please but he liked it. He has not had much chance to use it but it focuses well and gave him the little bit of added zoom he was looking for.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Very versatile - happy with lens

                                  By JDC

                                  from Perth, Australia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Purpose
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                                  Very versatile - no need to keep switching lenses and is a fairly light, solid well constructed lens. Overall a good all purpose lens.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Definitely Worth It

                                  By Friend

                                  from Qld, Australia

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • None yet

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                                  A solid lens. Feels strong, well put together. Sharp image. Easy to use. Not exactly light, but, that goes with the strong construction.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good wide range Zoom

                                  By JAB

                                  from Chatham, NJ

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                                  Great Lens, wide range and good value. Its a little dark at the high end.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent lens

                                  By Auxvolt

                                  from Redding, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • Wide choice of uses

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                                  From the first time I used this lens to take a picture of the finches on our bird feeder, I have been very satisfied with its performance.

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                                  4.0

                                  Excellent multi-purpose lens

                                  By Maggie

                                  from Canberra, ACT, Australia

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Olympus 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                                    I bought this lens to replace the two lenses that came with my E520. I wanted the convenience of a single lens with the ability to take wide angle landscape shots and portraits of my grandchildren.

                                    This lens meets my needs, although I was disappointed to discover that for Olympus, 18-180mm us actually 36-360mm. Good for the telephoto end, not so good for the wide angle.

                                    Overall I am very happy with the lens.

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