Ok, so I know there are many threads on this very subject on this forum and on others (trust me, I have been through all of them, word by word, page by page). BUT, I am still confused about which one to get for my situation. So I have a few lenses listed in my signature. The normal zoom range lens I have right now is the Oly 12-50, which I am going to sell soon and wait for the new 12-40. I am going to be buying one of the two, either the new Oly 12-40 f/2.8 or the Pana 12-35 f/2.8. That will be my walkaround lens. I want a nice wide angle lens. Having gone through all the discussions and reviews, this is how it stands as I can see. 9-18mm: Really small Takes filters Not as wide Not as sharp More normal range Lower cost 7-14mm: Excellent quality and sharpness Bigger No filters Ugly lens flare on OM-D (I have an OMD) High cost 9-18mm: The problem now is that I like filters, to the extent that they protect the front element (UV) and enhance images (CPL). The lower cost and size are bonuses as well, plus no lens flare. 7-14mm: I love the pictures of this lens. I don't know whether people with this lens are just taking better photos or what but I just can't find comparative pictures on the 9-18 side. The cons are that its big, its expensive and lens flare. I don't like the no filters bit as well as I like to know my lens is protected. My main problem is, if I get the 9-18, it's basically 3mm difference from my main walkaround (12-35). I really will not be using the FL from 10-18, having it locked to the 9mm setting. So is it really a big difference? I don't want to spend £480 for 3 degrees of difference and possibly a much lesser lens. I'd rather save up and get the 7-14 at this moment, but from all I've read, there are more hassles with it: lens flare larger no filter protection people say its big and heavy so they dont take it out as much, plus its UWA to UW, so not as versatile (personally not a problem), etc. Ok I am ranting on now... Question is..what are your thoughts? Which one to get? Oh and I forgot to mention..I really want the Samyang fish eye. I love the pictures it generates. If I get the 9-18, I just might pick up the Samyang as well. However, if I get the 7-14, do you think it will make my desire for the Samyang less? What is a better combo? Thanks guys!