Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 18-36mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4-5.6 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • One HR Element, One ED Element
  • Movie & Still Compatible AF System
  • Retractable Design
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

A versatile and compact wide-angle zoom, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens from Olympus is an 18-36mm equivalent lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The advanced optical design couples with a retractable lens design to realize a sleek form factor while maintaining consistent sharpness and illumination throughout the zoom range. Two Dual Super Aspherical elements, one aspherical element, and a high refractive index element control spherical aberrations and distortion for notable sharpness and resolution, and one extra-low dispersion element reduces chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for high clarity and color accuracy. The lens is also characterized by its Move & Still Compatible autofocus system that is quick, quiet, and smooth to suit both photo and video shooting applications.

Wide-angle zoom lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides an 18-36mm equivalent focal length range.
Two Dual Super Aspherical elements, along with one high refractive index element and an aspherical element, reduce spherical aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range for improved sharpness with minimal distortion.
One extra-low dispersion element suppresses color fringing and chromatic aberrations for greater clarity and color accuracy.
Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
Retractable lens design with a locking button maintains a compact profile when the lens is not in use.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm for smooth bokeh quality.
UPC: 050332174535
In the Box
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens
  • LC-52C Lens Cap
  • LR-2 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 9 - 18mm
    Comparable 35mm 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
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 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 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 81.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet little lens Ultra-wide angle zoom lenses can cost a bundle and they are big! This is the most affordable and the smallest one in the Micro 4/3 system. Olympus made a very wise choice in making the zoom range from 9-18mm instead of 7-14. Those 2 extra millimiters actually would have made the lens much larger. And Olympus slowed the lens down to f/4-5.6. Certainly NOT a fast lens, BUT what you get is a true ULTRA-wide zoom that weighs less than 6 ouces and collapses into a space only slightly larger than the tiny Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens. This lens is NOT cheap, but if you need/want an ultra-wide angle zoom in the Micro 4/3 system, this is a very good, small, lens.
    Date published: 2015-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The broader view... It's great to be able to add wide angle versatility to the micro 4-3rds package. I love the size of the lens and the way it collapses when not in use; that adds a great deal to the portability. There's nothing to gripe about regarding the image quality, either. It might not be the fastest lens in the world, but there aren't too many times that I find myself wanting to shoot wide angle in low light situations. The ability to add filters is a major plus for me; my only criticism would be that, having added a filter, I couldn't mount the lens hood. I had to mount the hood first and then add the filter! All in all, I'd say it's a great little package!
    Date published: 2010-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good compact 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding quality for micro 4/3 line.. I love this lens on the Olympus E-P2. The wide end is great for landscapes and the other end is a decent walk-around focal length. Sharpness is quite good and chromatic aberration is minimal. There is a bit of distortion in the peripheral on the wide end, but its correctable. This lens is FAR higher quality, in my opinion, than the kit lens (14-42mm). Also, the front element does not rotate during focus, so it's usable with a circ polarizer. The small size is another major plus for this lens. I'm VERY pleased with this purchase.
    Date published: 2010-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I use this lens as my general walk-around lens on a Panasonic GF-1 in stead of the usual kit lens. I purchased this lens refurbished from B&H. It arrived in great condition, and unlike some negative reviews elsewhere, I found my copy pin sharp. Build quality is good, and I expect many years of good use. Only small issue is that the lens extends forward about twice its length when in use, and it causes the built-in flash of the Panasonic GF-1 to cast a shadow on the subject. A separate flash has to be used with this lens.
    Date published: 2011-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice zoom range 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs a Lens Hood I use this lens with my Panasonic GH2. With the 2x crop factor this lens behaves like a 18-36mm. I went with this lens instead of the Lumix Vario 7-14mm because this lens allows the use of filters. I needed the ability to use ND filters and Polar filters. This lens is perfect for outdoor landscape photography. This lens is not good for indoor photography or for shooting buildings/people. It has a lot of barrel distortion at the edges which makes people/buildings look strange. Also, it's a little slow at f4 so shooting indoors will require a slow shutter speed (around 1/30 sec) which is limiting. So seeing as this lens is best outdoors it really needs a hood for sun protection. However it ships without any hood. I tried purchasing a generic wide angle hood meant for 16mm lenses but I can see the hood in the frame corners at the lens' widest setting. So I cut out the corners of the lens hood with a hole puncher and now it works fine. Another benefit of this lens is its compact size. It pops out to a long length when you use it and then it collapses into a small package for storage. This gives me more room in my camera bag for other things.
    Date published: 2011-08-16
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