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Ian
19th September 2008, 11:20 AM
Olympus UK informed me on Wednesday that the first batch of production lenses will arrive at the Olympus distribution hub in Hamburg today (Friday). Olympus UK should get its stocks in during the second half of next week. Add a couple of working days to that and dealers should have some product to fulfill orders before the end of the month!

I'll be at in Germany for Photokina from tomorrow until next Thursday, so with luck there will be a production lens waiting for me when I get back ready for testing and for me to post sample images from, which I feel is better than having a pre production unit which can't be used for producing sample images. It will be very interesting to do back to back shots with the 9-18 and the 10-20 and 7-14, which I'll definitely be doing :)

Initial supplies will be farily limited, I'm afraid, so there may be a bit of a scramble to secure the first units.

Ian

StephenL
19th September 2008, 12:34 PM
This is a long-awaited lens. If the back-to-back testing against the 7-14 is favourable, I might even be persuaded to swap my 7-14 for it. Hopefully save some weight! Mind you, I do love that 7-14 at its widest!

HughofBardfield
19th September 2008, 02:07 PM
That extra 2mm and weather sealing would be too much to lose... And I can't believe the optical quality will be equivalent (otherwise why did I pay so much for the 7-14????!!!)

StephenL
19th September 2008, 02:51 PM
Oh, I do hope you're right!

Ian
19th September 2008, 03:10 PM
That extra 2mm and weather sealing would be too much to lose... And I can't believe the optical quality will be equivalent (otherwise why did I pay so much for the 7-14????!!!)

Based on my calculations, the diagonal angle of view at 7mm is about 116 degrees and 103 degrees at 9mm. For anyone interested, the 11mm end of the 11-22 gives you an angle of view of 91 degrees, 12mm - 86 degrees and 14mm - 76 degrees.

The lateral or frame width angle of view goes like this:

7mm - 104 degrees
9mm - 90 degrees
11mm - 79 degrees
12mm - 74 degrees
14mm - 66 degrees

Ian

pasterw
24th September 2008, 09:02 PM
Olympus UK informed me on Wednesday that the first batch of production lenses will arrive at the Olympus distribution hub in Hamburg today (Friday). Olympus UK should get its stocks in during the second half of next week. Add a couple of working days to that and dealers should have some product to fulfill orders before the end of the month!

I'll be at in Germany for Photokina from tomorrow until next Thursday, so with luck there will be a production lens waiting for me when I get back ready for testing and for me to post sample images from, which I feel is better than having a pre production unit which can't be used for producing sample images. It will be very interesting to do back to back shots with the 9-18 and the 10-20 and 7-14, which I'll definitely be doing :)

Initial supplies will be farily limited, I'm afraid, so there may be a bit of a scramble to secure the first units.

Ian

Ian, do you have any idea which dealers here in the UK will receive the first batch?

Wolfgang

alert_bri
24th September 2008, 10:38 PM
Hi Ian,

here you go... if the production lenses are better than this, I will be *amazed*

The following images were taken today with beta sample (not final sample) of the ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6

http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/103604023/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/103604038/original.jpg

You can find many more image samples here.

ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6 image gallery. (http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/zd_9-18mm_f4-56)

Olympus Safari Group members can download the RAW files for personal analysis, comments and crops - please remember to include clear notice that the lens is "beta sample (not final sample)"

To try this lens for yourself, check out our events around the UK here :
Upcoming Olympus Safari Group Events (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=106478543555192071681.000451a5a3d65746758d7&ll=52.948638,-0.98877&spn=5.753809,16.918945&z=7)

Or better still, join the group, suggest a local event and we will come to you!
Join the Olympus Photo Safari Group here. (http://www.ukphotosafari.org/join-the-ukpsg/)

We're working on a special report from our fantastic Open House London event last Saturday, where a number of our members gave the 9-18 a good workout... if you'd like to receive the report as soon as it's published (along with a number of other reports we're about to publish) you can register here :

UKPSG Special Reports - subscribe here. (http://www.ukphotosafari.org/ukpsg-reports/)

Kind Regards

Brian

Ian
25th September 2008, 04:36 AM
RAW and JPEG samples taken with a production 9-18 were published the other day on FTU here:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2008/09/photokina_2008_olympus_digital_zuiko_image_samples .php

You can also see how the 9-18 looks, physically, compared to the 7-14.

Ian

alert_bri
25th September 2008, 06:45 AM
Thanks Ian, did you think to take an Olympus standard lens, to see how the converter + CDAF works on the Panasonic G1?

I am *really* interested in how the 9-18 will work on the G1.

Kind Regards

Brian

Ian
25th September 2008, 09:17 AM
Thanks Ian, did you think to take an Olympus standard lens, to see how the converter + CDAF works on the Panasonic G1?

I am *really* interested in how the 9-18 will work on the G1.

Kind Regards

Brian

There were no converters on hand, unfortunately.

Ian