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Oly 4/3 9-18mm, a keeper?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by oto02, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    Melbourne, VICTORIA, AU
    Hi guys,

    I got a few 4/3 lenses that I am not sure if I should keep them or should I try to exchange them with m4/3 lil brothers.

    The one that I like on the 4/3 body is 9-18mm, but on my PM-1 (and soon on PM-2) is not on my liking. Also I think the sharpnes of m.9-18mm is somehow better. So the question is, is it worth it to swap or not, taking into account that the former is gonna cost some extra.

    Oly 4/3 macro 35mm, doesn't do much work out at all, IQ okay, but not impressive. Macro Oly m.60mm would be a possible replacement??, having said that I got Oly 45mm and think they would be too close to each other...

    Also was thinking if Oly 70-300mm (which collects dust as well) would be well off to be trade in for a m.75-300 version (or Panny 100-300mm).

    Need to add that I am still having my E-3, and don't really want to get rid of it at the moment, even that in back to my mind is EM-5 or E-7. The ones that I am keeping the 50-200 mkI, 14-54 mkI, EC-14 and EX-25 for.

    Thoughts, thoughts and finally thoughts ...

    Thanks a lot for any opinions.
  2. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    M.ZD 9-18: 155 g, 50 mm retracted.
    ZD 9-18: 280 g, 73 mm.

    M.ZD is 32% shorter and 45% lighter than ZD.

    Enough said?

    Although you would be without a 4/3 UWA.
  3. micz87

    micz87 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    Mine micro 9-18 is lens with witch I am very happy after big and heavy Sigma 10-20 on my Nikon. I love to keep my equipment small ;) 
  4. amalric


    Jul 24, 2012
    Rome. Italy
    I wouldn't give away the 4/3 9-18 for the m4/3 one for a simple reason. It is sharp across the frame, while the latter isn't. Just do a comparison at DPR's comparometer. It has also more CA.

    it is also more fragile and it can have decentering issues. For an UWA fast AF is not a great need.
  5. I can't think of a whole lot of compelling reasons to recommend the 4/3 (Zuiko) version over the m4/3 (M Zuiko). It's cheaper (which might be reason enough), it's a bit sharper in the corners, and it feels more solid because it isn't collapsible like the M Zuiko. On the other hand, the M Zuiko seems to be sharper in the centre, is much smaller (particularly when collapsed for storage), is much lighter, and focuses a whole lot quicker and quieter.

    Unless you think that you might still want to use it on your E-3 I would consider switching over to the M Zuiko.
  6. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    Melbourne, VICTORIA, AU
    Thanks guys. I'll try to sell my 4/3 9_18mm, which havent used anyway, and trying to get a M. version.

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