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wellyboot
31st January 2014, 01:04 PM
I was just wondering if anyone had this lens, and what their opinion of it is?
I have read mixed reviews, but would rather have some real world advice please, and some images if anyone has any!
Many thanks
Marcia

ian p
31st January 2014, 01:35 PM
I like it. Nearly as wide as I want it. Small. I chose it for the 9mm end really.

I didn't like the price though. Maybe the new Body Cap Lens 9mm would have done!

Plenty of real world samples here. (http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=2537)

Some 9mm shots.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/9495365867_f12f589939.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27779069@N06/9495365867/)

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3674/8891617902_7ab012b504.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27779069@N06/8891617902/)

wellyboot
31st January 2014, 01:41 PM
Thank you Ian. And small is good for me. Those shots are impressive! Definitely food for thought there!

StephenL
31st January 2014, 01:47 PM
It's a nice lens. The biggest drawback for me is remembering to extend it when I want to use it. Although I think the regular 4/3 version may have better IQ. (I'd consider swapping mine for the 4/3 version if anyone's interested?)

wellyboot
31st January 2014, 01:59 PM
Thanks Stephen. Sorry I can't oblige on the 4/3 version for you!

Graham_of_Rainham
31st January 2014, 02:07 PM
It is the lens that is on my PEN by default. I tend to use the wider field of view lenses, with the 7-14 & 14-35 on the FT E-System bodies.

I think it is an excellent lens.

A few weeks ago, some of us got together in Greenwich and Ian very kindly let me have use of the new E-M1 and the 17mm f/1.8 lens.

I spent all day using just the 17mm f/1.8 lens, but after lunch did a quick, hand held comparison test of the E-M1 with the 9-18 & 17mm and my PEN with the 17 & 9-18 ( 9-18 set at 17mm)

PEN & 17mm
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/PB240075.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27690)

PEN & 9-18
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/PB240074.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27689)

E-M1 & 9-18
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/P1010438.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27687)

E-M1 & 17mm
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/P1010439.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27688)

For me it serves to show just how good the 9-18 is... :cool:

wellyboot
31st January 2014, 02:50 PM
Thank you Graham. That's really interesting. Always good to see comparisons, and now I'm finding myself very tempted!

OM USer
31st January 2014, 06:59 PM
I'm sure the Olympus roadmap indicated a new "wide angle zoom" but no further details. I wonder how this would compare on price to the 9-18mm for those able to wait a year os so for the new lens?

Bill Gordon
31st January 2014, 08:50 PM
I have the 9-18mm lens and have found it quite adequate for my needs.

Peter_Hartland
31st January 2014, 09:54 PM
I tried both the Oly m4/3 9-18mm & the apnny 7-14mm side by side foe a w/e & although the Panny wa a lot more expensive found it out shone the ply every time, hence I found the extra (bought abroad) & purchased the Panny & extremely happy.

A real good friend has the 4/3 7-14mm Oly which having recently tried it with the new MMF 3 adapter is a cracking lens even if a little large & would look for a good 2nd hand one of these now for my EM1 or the EM5

StephenL
31st January 2014, 10:01 PM
My experience of the two 7-14s suggest that the Oly is much better on an Oly body. The Panny is corrected on a Panasonic G body.

wellyboot
1st February 2014, 06:30 PM
After thinking long and hard, and with all of your excellent advice, I decided to go ahead and buy this lens this morning.
Unfortunately the one I had seen at a really good price had been sold, so I will hold fire until I see another used one at a reasonable price.
Many thanks for your help everyone
Marcia

pdk42
4th February 2014, 09:01 PM
I tried both the Oly m4/3 9-18mm & the apnny 7-14mm side by side foe a w/e & although the Panny wa a lot more expensive found it out shone the ply every time, hence I found the extra (bought abroad) & purchased the Panny & extremely happy.

A real good friend has the 4/3 7-14mm Oly which having recently tried it with the new MMF 3 adapter is a cracking lens even if a little large & would look for a good 2nd hand one of these now for my EM1 or the EM5

Yes, I agree the 7-14 is better, BUT:

- the 9-18 is considerably smaller and lighter
- the 9-18 takes filters
- the 9-18 doesn't suffer anywhere near as much from purple flare
- the 9-18 is quite a bit cheaper
- the IQ over most of the frame is very similar. It's only the extreme corners where there is a difference

I had both for a while but eventually concluded that the 9-18's IQ was good enough for me and then its other attributes won me over. It's a personal decision of course, and TBH, there are times I wish I still had the 7-14.

Barr1e
16th April 2015, 07:22 PM
It is the lens that is on my PEN by default. I tend to use the wider field of view lenses, with the 7-14 & 14-35 on the FT E-System bodies.

I think it is an excellent lens.

A few weeks ago, some of us got together in Greenwich and Ian very kindly let me have use of the new E-M1 and the 17mm f/1.8 lens.

I spent all day using just the 17mm f/1.8 lens, but after lunch did a quick, hand held comparison test of the E-M1 with the 9-18 & 17mm and my PEN with the 17 & 9-18 ( 9-18 set at 17mm)

PEN & 17mm
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/PB240075.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27690)

PEN & 9-18
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/PB240074.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27689)

E-M1 & 9-18
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/P1010438.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27687)

E-M1 & 17mm
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/P1010439.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/27688)

For me it serves to show just how good the 9-18 is... :cool:

On researching this lens I came across this thread and have to say it whetted my appetite.

Interesting. *yes

Regards. Barr1e