First Shots with Oly 9-18

Ray Sachs

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Hi all. Got the 9-18 yesterday and went out looking for something to shoot. UWA is gonna be a learning process. I came up with very little in town, given how relatively small everything is to begin with and how much smaller once 9mm of UWA is applied. The first of these shots is of two of the largest buildings in our town, very close together, and this lens makes 'em look relatively puny. But it does allow me to capture almost all of both in the same shot. Then this morning I stopped by a nearby mall to get some weird indoor shapes. Nothing terribly impressive, but fun to check out the perspective of the lens. Anyway, here are a few, all at the extreme end of 9mm

-Ray

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Ray Sachs

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Ray, Is it a safe assumption that you will probably keep the lens?
Most likely! I'm not a real hyper-critical user of gear. Other people find flaws in all sorts of things that I'll never even SEE, let alone care about. So whatever imperfections this lens has, it give me a GREAT additional option for certain types of shooting. I can't wait to put this to use in and around some of the great old buildings in Europe this summer. And the size of the thing, which I DO care about, is amazing. Its almost a twin to the 14-42 kit lens. Just the slightest bit longer (at rest), but not quite as fat. But so close that you have to actually look to know which is which when you first pick one up. So, for me, yeah, a likely keeper.

-Ray
 

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The final product looks great, gorgeous colour rendition, good white balance indoors and out.

Bokeh D
 

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No lack of sharpness on that lens to be sure. I may have mentioned I'm passing on this one for the 14-150 as that is more my shooting style. I want a lens that I'll put on and use 75% or more of the time. The super wide isn't one that would meet that criteria for me, but for many it is a tantalizing package. I tend to be a nut for perspective corrections as well, although some folks like those leaning buildings....:tongue:
 

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Don, didn't realize yours' were from the same lens - thought you might have had the 4/3 version (there was one, right?). Yeah, I expect I'll find a lot of use for this lens.

And tpitch14, yeah, I was in the neighborhood this morning. There's always all sorts of weird geometry to shoot in a mall. I'm gonna try to do a field trip to Reading Terminal and downtown generally sometime next week.

-Ray
 

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ooh, Reading Terminal could provide some interesting shots! Look forward to seeing those
 

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Hi BBW -

The fastest aperture is a very dark 4.0 (at 9mm) to 5.6 (at 18mm), so don't give up your fixed focal length UWA yet!

Like Ray, I got mine last night (from Amazon US) and like Ray, I still have to learn what to do with an UWA (I'm more of a telephoto guy).

One quick discovery: if you're going to be holding it horizontally (to avoid extreme distortions which set in remarkably quickly at 9 mm), you end up capturing a lot of the ground plane. The sidewalks around here (I was taking pix at lunch) are very dirty!

I'll try to post my first pix tonight when I get home.
 

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I have to be honest. I am not a zoomie guy at all. I even thought that a 36mm 5.6 would be useless...
then I realized that I usually use my 17 @ 8 or 11 anyway.
This lens will be on one of my bodies at all times......

Ray...I'll be in Center City Sat morning...and at the Terminal that morning also.....
Don
 

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I have to be honest. I am not a zoomie guy at all. I even thought that a 36mm 5.6 would be useless...
then I realized that I usually use my 17 @ 8 or 11 anyway.
This lens will be on one of my bodies at all times......

Ray...I'll be in Center City Sat morning...and at the Terminal that morning also.....
Don
Don,

Please make sure to post some Philly pictures for us to see.

Regards,

Antonio
 

Ray Sachs

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Ray...I'll be in Center City Sat morning...and at the Terminal that morning also.....
Don
I'm looking at next Thursday. My dog's at the vet all day so I don't have to be back any particular time to take her out. Taking the train into the city tends to be almost an all day event for me these days. Not sure if I'll be using the UWA in Reading terminal, but if the weather's decent, I'll give it a workout downtown. Probably the 17 mostly in the market. See if I can get a counter seat at Dinic's and watch the WHOLE world go by. ;)

-Ray
 
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