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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • For Micro Four Thirds Cameras Only
  • 9-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
  • Multi Coated Lens
  • Close Focuses to 6"
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Lightweight 5.5 oz Lens
  • Compact 1.9" Long Lens
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens is a super-wide-angle lens compatible with Micro Four Thirds System cameras. It offers a 100° angle of view, and overturns the rule that super wide-angle zooms have to be big and heavy. With a length of just 1.9" (49.5mm) and a weight of just 5.5 oz (155 g), it is less than half the size and 60% of the weight of the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6. With its wide angle of view, it makes it easy to include background scenery in group photos, and can be used to create unique images with a sense of dynamically exaggerated perspective.

A Dual Super Aspherical objective element, used at the front of the lens, makes it possible for the lens to offer a 100° angle of view, and dual aspherical elements are used at the back, to correct aberration and ensure superior image quality. Thanks to efficient optical design, the lens delivers an uncompromising combination of compact size and high quality, with clear imaging all the way to the periphery.

Excellent Close-Focusing Performance
At the wide-angle end of the zoom range, the lens offers a minimum working distance of just 6" (15cm), making it possible to capture dramatic, wide-angle macro images.
Dual Super Aspherical Objective Element
A Dual Super Aspherical objective element corrects aberration and ensures superior image quality. 1
Full Multicoating of All Elements
All lens elements are multi-coated to ensure maximum light transmission and image clarity, with minimal ghosting and flaring in backlight.
Circular Aperture Mechanism
A circular aperture mechanism is used to assure smooth, even background defocusing.
High-Speed Autofocus
The inner focusing mechanism uses a light, compact, single-element unit to enable exceptionally fast, quiet autofocusing for smooth, stress-free still-image and movie shooting.
Smooth Manual Focus
The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel, with just the right amount of resistance to enable smooth, precise operation.
UPC: 050332174535
Performance
Focal Length 9 - 18mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on Micro Four Thirds Format Focal Length: 18 - 36 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 100° - 62°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
Elements/Groups 12/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Exposure Control None
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.22 x 1.95" (56.5 x 49.5 mm)
Weight 5.47 oz (155 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.4 x 3.3 x 3.3"
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

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      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (55)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)
    • Easily interchangeable (30)
    • Consistent output (25)
    • Durable (14)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (11)
    • No lens hood (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (40)
    • Landscape photography (10)
    • Travel (10)
    • Video (10)
    • Low light (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (35), Enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Panny 7-14mm or Oly 9-18mm?

    Probably everyone is wondering the same thing as I did: The Panny 7-14mm, or Olympus m.zukio 9-18mm?
    So I bought both. While testing showed in daylight they are about the...Read complete review

    Probably everyone is wondering the same thing as I did: The Panny 7-14mm, or Olympus m.zukio 9-18mm?
    So I bought both. While testing showed in daylight they are about the same, low light was interesting. First the size.

    When you see these diminuitive lenses, you may think, I spent how much for this?? But this is one of a few cases where less really IS more.
    The Oly lens is about the size of a small jar of baby food, the Panny is probably a about the size of those half cans of Coke. Both are so small/light (compared to the GH1 14-140mm) you may think you forgot the lens. GH1 feels like a toy, but it's really a powerful tool I can carry all day, no sweat.

    These ultra-wides beg to be used indoors. Needless to say, you don't always get good lighting indoors. So speed of the lens was a concern. I shot 200 photos in a high end hotel lobby--dim lights, wonderful artwork, walnut bars, you know the place. I shot ISO100 and 400 in raw and on tripod w/ timer to ensure minimal external influence.

    Both WA lenses produced RW2's that were brighter than what I saw with the naked eye. Also, both are significantly sharper than the stock GH1 14-140mm lens. While both are pretty sharp lenses, I found the Olympus to be slightly sharper in just about every test I ran. I was astonished I could see details on a wine bottle label 15 feet away in Adobe Bridge.

    On balance, the Oly seemed to give me 1/2 stop more metering in same scene (dark hotel lobby). As a result, I found the F4-5.6 of the Oly vs f4 of the Panny to not be significant. The Oly hunted slightly as it was focusing, but the photo betrayed no loss of focus. I still wish they were f/2.8 though, as I was shooting 1/15-1/25 at ISO 400 in the dark hotel.

    7mm vs 9mm on WA is significant on m4/3, at least about a foot extra width on either side shooting down a 15' wide entrance hall. If you must have maximum WA, stop reading, go with Panny, if you want slighty sharper pix, go with Oly. I suspect a good RAW workflow could largely equalize these two differences.

    Oly screw-on filter nice, but not a must have, unless outdoors a lot. I also wish Oly included a lens hood.

    Video out of both lenses gives you what you want, amazing perspective. Slight up/downward angle induces some interesting distortion, straight on (level) with nothing near the lens looks almost widescreen anamorphic. The Panny might be a better choice for video, again the 7mm making a difference.

    One recurring thing I saw on message boards was how many missed a shot because they didn't carry their too big/heavy DSLR around. So, size/weight largely led to my taking the risk on largely unproven m4/3 platform. Those of us who took a risk on m4/3 vs the traditional DSLR route are being validated by lenses such as these.

    So now I offer a grateful thanks to both OLY/Panny for making selection so darn difficult. First by having a camera that is practical to carry easily and now by astonishing lenses such as these at a fraction of the weight and size and every bit as good as the DSLR for the average shooter. It was difficult to decide.

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    Soft, and it stopped working

    I'm recently making the move from my Canon to lighter weight M4/3. So far happy with my first Olympus the em 5 mkII - quite a camera. I'm used to wide angle lenses...Read complete review

    I'm recently making the move from my Canon to lighter weight M4/3. So far happy with my first Olympus the em 5 mkII - quite a camera. I'm used to wide angle lenses being high contrast and really SHARP - the Canon 10-22 EFS (NOT an L series - the Oly 'pro' equivalent) is tack sharp as an example. This 9-18 is disappointing. Soft - clearly not tack sharp and you'll notice this if you enlarge/crop at all. I was still a bit undecided and then it malfunctioned - would not give an f stop reading and nothing visible. So I returned it and will wait for the 7-14 2.8 pro to be available. I've found the pro series Oly lenses to be magnificent. The new 14-150 (non-pro) however, is pretty darn good also. The 60mm macro (also not pro) is pretty good also. B&H, was as usual EXCELLENT in regard to the return and service.

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    5.0

    Great little lens

    By John

    from NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

        Bought this as a smaller companion to the bulky Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8. While the OIympus offers a more robust body and a wider angle, this little lens can be taken anywhere without a second thought and it delivers great images.

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        5.0

        Really Good

        By Freddy

        from NJ

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              Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

              Great optical quality.
              Really good walk around wide angle lens.
              To its farthest zoom level is very usable and close to the perspective perceived by our eyes.
              An then, the wide side is impressive, great for architecture, museum, or just the wide angle effect!
              Compact, light well built.

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              5.0

              Get the Big View from in Close

              By Jim

              from Stillwate, MN

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Room Interiors
                • Video

                Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                The M.Zuiko 9-18mm lens is light, compact, and easy to carry. I can have it with me when I need it. I did not think that I would use it as often yet it fits many more situations from landscape, interiors, to street shots.
                One of the great advantages is the ease of handling because of its size. You can change lenses without the fear of having it slip out of your hand.

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                4.0

                Great little lens

                By Steve the Hiker

                from Olympia, Washington

                Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                While not as wide or fast as the other micro 4/3 options, this lens is sharp, compact, versatile, and relatively inexpensive. It is fast becoming one of my favorite lenses. It pairs extremely well with my OMD-EM5II.

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                2.0

                Soft, and it stopped working

                By Griz

                from Duluth, GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Soft focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Un-cropped Images

                Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                I'm recently making the move from my Canon to lighter weight M4/3. So far happy with my first Olympus the em 5 mkII - quite a camera. I'm used to wide angle lenses being high contrast and really SHARP - the Canon 10-22 EFS (NOT an L series - the Oly 'pro' equivalent) is tack sharp as an example. This 9-18 is disappointing. Soft - clearly not tack sharp and you'll notice this if you enlarge/crop at all. I was still a bit undecided and then it malfunctioned - would not give an f stop reading and nothing visible. So I returned it and will wait for the 7-14 2.8 pro to be available. I've found the pro series Oly lenses to be magnificent. The new 14-150 (non-pro) however, is pretty darn good also. The 60mm macro (also not pro) is pretty good also. B&H, was as usual EXCELLENT in regard to the return and service.

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                5.0

                Excellent Sharp Lens

                By Agedrunner

                from Aurora, CO

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                  This lens is an excellent sharp lens with a very wide focal length. I would recommend this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Primo WA lens!!!

                  By JRG SHOOTER

                  from EUROPE

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photojournalism

                    Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                    Top quality top performing WA zoom. Excellent workhorse lens.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    My new default lens

                    By dapcmaniac

                    from florida

                    About Me Casual Photographer

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                          Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                          I love this lens. The image quality is great and its perfect for landscape shots an for group photos. Its the lens I use by default when I am out and about

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                          5.0

                          Grat Little Lens

                          By MPLUSM

                          from Anchorage, AK

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                            Using on a Panasonic GH4, it's my backup 4K video camera and so far this lens covers my off the shoulder wide stuff perfectly! The little "unlock to compress" design is kind of meh for me, it's already small enough.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Lens

                            By Cindy

                            from Hendersonville, NC

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                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                Very good lens with just enough wide coverage. No noticeable fish eye effect. Have used it in several conditions (over bright sunlight; dim light) and performs just as expected. Also like the fact it can accommodate filters, which the Pannie cannot.

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                                5.0

                                Really light and tiny

                                By Phlash46

                                from Montrose, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Street photography

                                Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                Used for landscapes and street shooting on an EM-1 and EPL-5. Sharp, light and very small. Collapsing it takes a bit of getting used to and it's not much good for low light unless you've got a tripod, but, for the price and size it's a terrific lens.

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                                5.0

                                Good compact lens

                                By Matto

                                from Baltimore area, MD

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                  This is a very compact wide angle lens. It is light, collapses into a small volume, and seems to be made of durable materials. It also takes 52mm filters which are small and relatively inexpensive (some wide zooms lenses can't be used with filters). When I checked it on my Olympus M10 I found the optical quality to be very good, with only a little softness in the extreme corners at the widest angle and at the wide aperature. Otherwise it is very good, with good color saturation and contrast. The minor corner softness at 9mm focal length and f4.0 is of no concern to me as I will using it stopped down for landscape photos in daylight on my hiking and backpacking trips. I highly recommend this lens.

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                                  4.0

                                  4.3 rating from 53 reviewers correct

                                  By George H

                                  from VA suburb to Washington, DC

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                    Most important thing is the lens gives excellent results, sharp and good color from a 1/2 pound compact lens. Images from 1st 12 shots still good with 10x enlargement! This means it can be your everyday lens (and it is now on my M10) because you can crop image of a far off object if you don't have time to change to a telephoto. Not perfect but better than missing the shot.I would rate this lens as 5 star if price was[$] and a lens hood was included. Chinzy of Olympus to not throw in $10 worth of plastic for a $[$]lens.

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                                    2.0

                                    great potential

                                    By jpw

                                    from France

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                        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. I've returned the lens and will buy another (once I'm back in the states) but only if I am allowed try it out -- and, by that, I mean if I am able to test the actual merchandise first before plopping down the cash...

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                                        5.0

                                        Amazinly compact

                                        By thebrink

                                        from Edmonds, WA

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                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape Photography
                                          • Traveling

                                          Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                          I use this lens for landscapes. What is great is the compactness and lightness since I use it hiking. Since I began using the Mirrorless system (OMD M5) I have found that I can carry two lenses (14-150 mm and the 9-18 mm) to cover most situations.

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                                          1.0

                                          I will call today to get an RMA

                                          By Harvo

                                          from Michigan

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor Design

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use
                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape Photography
                                          • Traveling

                                          Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                          The zooming is sticky and grabs, especially when doing it slowly trying to frame a photo. Otherwise it is compact, light and sharp. I checked online and this appears to be an occasional known problem with this lens.

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                                          4.0

                                          Great so far

                                          By Dont Shake the Unit

                                          from Lake Tahoe

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                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                            I just got this lens, use it on a GH3. Its is much smaller than I expected(not in a bad way) Micro 4/3 lenses and all small compared to larger Canon or Nikon lenses. Great for landscapes and action sports. I would reccomend buying an ND filter of some kind, it just enhances landscapes 10 fold

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                                            4.0

                                            nice zoom range

                                            By Emptor

                                            from Los Angeles

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Documentary
                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • Traveling
                                              • Video

                                              Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                              A good lens. I love the zoom range. In prior experience with film, I never had wider than 24mm, which I liked very much, and I always missed that focal length with digital zooms typically stopping at 28mm equivalent. Now I find that I'm using the wide end of this zoom more than anything. I have used it mainly for videos. Whatever distortion there is does not pose a problem.

                                              The zoom ring is slightly too stiff/rough for video, so far; maybe it will get smoother with use. Zooming in, with camera mounted on a tripod, you need a very firm hand to avoid jerkiness. The rough feel seems typical of Olympus plastic lenses, like the 14-42 and 40-150 lenses I have; I don't think that exchanging it would help.

                                              Zoom range is not parfocal.!!! This is a problem with my Olympus e-PL3, where I cannot trust video continuous autofocus. So far I have used manual focus. This is acceptable for static subjects, but could be a big problem for video of moving subjects.

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                                              5.0

                                              My new favorite m43 lens

                                              By Mike

                                              from New York, NY

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                                              Pros

                                              • High Image Quality
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Useful zoom range

                                              Cons

                                              • Expensive

                                              Best Uses

                                              • City Photography
                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                              This lens has exceeded my expectations. Based on some internet review sites, you might expect this lens to be horribly blurry. But my experience has been the opposite. This is the sharpest m43 lens I own at the focal lengths between 12 and 18mm, when stopped down appropriately. At the widest angles, there is a little more lateral CA and a little more corner softness, but the corners degrade in sharpness in a manner that doesn't call attention to itself, reminding me a lot of the m.Zuiko 14-42mm II kit lens which has the same quality. The lateral CA easily goes away in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw if you have the box checked. Even at 9mm, the image quality is superior to some of the other inferior m43 lenses I've used such as the 12-50mm, the 14-42 PZ pancake zoom, and the 14mm f/2.5.This lens is also very resistant to purple fringing, a problem that plagues Olympus cameras. I've mostly been using it with a Tiffen Haze 2A filter which eliminates the problem, but even with the filter off, I only noticed minor purple fringing at the 9mm end. This is much superior to the massive purple fringing caused by some Panasonic lenses on Olympus cameras.I wish Olympus included free lens hoods with their lenses; it's a very cheap policy on their part. I do have the lens hood, but because this lens is ultra-wide angle, the hood barely blocks any light from hitting the lens anyway, and when used with a filter the lens hood blocks practically no stray light at all from hitting the filter, so I say you can skip buying the lens hood. I decided to not bother using it.I know that many people considering this lens are also considering the 7-14mm Panasonic lens. You may be tempted by the Panasonic lens because for only a little more money you get 7mm, constant aperture, plus it's said to be sharper.There's certainly a big difference in FOV between 7mm and 9mm, so that's a very legitimate reason for choosing the Panasonic. However, my reason for picking this lens is that it's smaller and half the weight, it zooms in to a very useful 18mm focal length, which means you are more likely to be able to use this as your only lens while a max focal length of 14mm is more limiting. The Panasonic lens is also known to cause strange flares and significant purple fringing, both of which I wanted nothing to do with.

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                                              4.0

                                              I would buy the product again

                                              By Divegal

                                              from Odenton, MD

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                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:

                                                  I had never used a wide-angle underwater but I used this lens at a digital shootout and really like it and found it very easy to use. It worked well with my Olympus EP-L3 underwater set-up.

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                                                  Olympus - LH-55B Lens Hood for Select Olympus Lenses
                                                  • You Pay: $22.17
                                                   
                                                  Vello - LH-55B Dedicated Lens Hood
                                                  • You Pay: $17.95
                                                   

                                                  Cases & Wraps

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                                                  Pearstone - Onyx 20 Lens Case
                                                  • You Pay: $11.99
                                                   

                                                  Protective Wraps

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                                                  OP/TECH USA - 19" Soft Wrap (Black)
                                                  • You Pay: $12.95
                                                   
                                                  OP/TECH USA - Work Mat (Large, 24 x 42")
                                                  • You Pay: $18.95
                                                   

                                                  Lens Caps

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                                                  Sensei - 52mm Clip-On Lens Cap
                                                  • You Pay: $3.95
                                                   

                                                  Rain Protection

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                                                  Pieces

                                                  OP/TECH USA 8" Small Rain Sleeve (Pack of 2)
                                                  OP/TECH USA - 8" Small Rain Sleeve (Pack of 2)
                                                  • You Pay: $8.25
                                                   

                                                  Lens Accessories

                                                  LENSband - Lens Band MINI (Black)
                                                  • You Pay: $4.99
                                                   
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