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Olympus E 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Compatible with all 4/3 cameras
  • Includes 9-18mm (18-36mm 35mm film equivalent) zoom, lens hood, front & rear lens caps, user registration & user manual
  • Ultra wide zoom lens
  • Compact and lightweight design; makes great travel lens
  • 18mm-36mm equivalent field of view
  • LH-75C lens hood included

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OLYMPUS 261058 Zuiko Digital 9–18mm f/4.0–5.6 ED Lens

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001EZ46F0
  • Item model number: 261058
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Raven15 on November 14, 2008
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Pros:
Very Small, Very Light, fits easily in a jacket pocket
Ultra-wide angle is very useful
Image stabilization available on-camera
Noticeably better construction than my other Olympus standard grade lenses
Wide filter ring prevents vignetting (use just one filter)
Good image quality, except for:

Cons:
Barrel distortion at wide end (correctable in Photoshop)
Last few pixels not quite as "sharp" as center
Practice required to keep horizon level, not create weird perspective
Construction not as good as Olympus "pro" lenses
There are wider lenses for other brands (that weigh 2x more... hehehe.)
There are better ultrawide zoom lenses (in the $1500 range... haHaHA!)

My stuff for reference: E-410, 9-18mm, 25mm pancake, 35mm macro, 40-150mm (small), 14-54mm, 70-300mm (14-42mm and 18-180mm lenses sold)

I bought the Olympus system to get great image quality at a small size and price, I wouldn't have if not for rumors of this lens. When it was announced it seemed better than I hoped! I bought it early for a trip to China (I normally wait for the price to drop), it is a good thing I did, because I used the 9-18mm about 70% of the time! I also took the 14-54mm and the 40-150mm kit lens, thus making a small, quality, versatile package that I always carried in my pockets and hand/neck.

The 9-18 is ideal for travel, it fits in a pocket or can be carried attached to your camera all day and not be tiring. More importantly, when you get to touristy places, you can stand very close to your subject (if you don't mind the perspective), thus you will be in other people's photos, rather than them being in yours!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L Squires on October 15, 2008
The Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko is an excellent ultra wide zoom in a reasonably small and light weight form factor. The quality of its images is comparable to those the Olympus standard lens series. The Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) front element enables the lens form factor. I purchased this for use on my Olympus E-520 because I wanted a relatively light weight ultra wide system with live view.

For those who might want to compare this lens to the Olympus 7-14mm f/4.0 Zuiko, I have one that I use with my Olympus E-3. The Olypmus 7-14mm Super High Grade is really an extraodinary lens just as is the Olympus 14-35 f/2.0 and the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 that I happen to also use with my Olympus E-3.

But, if you want an ultra wide zoom for the E-520 (or E-420, E-510, E-410, E-500, E-330, E-300) that is easy to use and works as a well balanced system with excellent image quality then you should seriously consider this lens!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BarryG on November 20, 2009
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Olympus glass is out of this world... literally. The camera aboard the international space station is made by Olympus.

If this lens were to cost twice as much (as many equivalent lens by Nikon and Canon do), it would still be a bargain.

The 9 and the 18 stand for the zoom range, from 9mm to 18mm. 9mm is known as wide angle, or ultra-wide angle. In relation to old lenses used for 35mm cameras, this lens spans 18mm to 36mm.

The glass is exceptional, yielding little distortion even at the widest angle. Color aberration, only present at the extreme edges, is virtually non-existent (I have compared the color aberration to my lenses that cost over $1100 and found no difference).

If you photograph indoors a lot, this is the lens for you. If you photograph architecture a lot, this is the lens for you. It's even good for landscapes and makes magnificant panoramas (as long as the scenery is not too far away).

I like this as a "people" lens; you can sling your camera around your neck and "shoot from the hip" at virtually any time. You don't need to peek through the viewfinder. In sunlight or open shade, even without using auto-focus, this lens will be in focus from about four feet to infinity, meaning you are able to photograph crowds of people as you walk amongst them. That person that you see standing three feet in front of you? Yes, their entire image from head to toe is within the frame.

As a street lens, it yields a very intimate view of life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marty on November 15, 2009
Wide angle lenses are extremely useful for shooting large objects (like buildings) in congested areas. You simply cannot stand far enough away to get the whole thing in the frame if you are using a normal lens. This sort of lens is also great for shooting indoors when you want to photograph a large group in a small space.

One quick word about focal lengths on 4/3 cameras. A 9-18mm lens on a 4/3 camera will provide the same viewing angles as an 18-36mm lens on a 35mm film camera because the sensor is smaller than a 35mm film frame. So 4/3 will have a 2X "crop factor." 18mm is considered very wide. 36mm is almost a normal view. You probably already know this if you are reading this review, but some new 4/3 users may not be aware of it.

With this lens Olympus has given us an alternative to the $1700 7-14mm f/4.0 at less than 1/3 the price. It's not quite as wide, and the build quality isn't as high, and it isn't weather sealed, but it's also only $500. The important thing is that image quality is really excellent.

I really love using this lens. It is lightweight and focuses quickly on my E-30. And it lets me reach way under my 14-54mm lens when I need something wider. The difference between 9mm and 14mm is HUGE; much more than you might think. A 14mm lens gives you a 75 degree angle of view. Move to a 9 mmm lens and you now have 100 degrees of horizontal view. Those 5 extra milimeters give you a 30% wider view!

The other end of this lens - 18mm is "narrow" enough to be very useful as a walk around lens for street photography. So you can go from "pretty wide" to "normal" without swapping lenses when you are visiting tourist spots or new cities. This is one of my favorite lenses and I get good results using it. See my sample images!
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