Oly 9-18mm vs Tokina 11-16mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ronbot, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. ronbot

    ronbot Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 27, 2010
    Not really a scientific comparison but just got the 9-18mm and my dad has the Tokina.

    - on E-PL2 and T1i side by side

    - Tokina @ 11mm

    - Oly @ 9mm

    - Sample of Oly

    As you can see, in terms of horizontal angle of view, the Tokina is very slightly wider since it is equivalent to 17.6mm (with a Canon crop factor of 1.6x); that's only 0.4mm wider! It would've been wider on other mounts, like Nikon and Sony.

    Vertically, however, the Oly is even a bit wider (or taller) because of the 4/3 aspect ratio.

    Then there's the size and weight difference where the Oly 9-18mm is just obsurdly puny for something that covers 18-36 equiv.

    However, the Tokina is fast at constant f/2.8 and is very robust as the barrel is metal. Also, you can slide the focus ring forward to enable MF and back to enable AF - nice!

    Tokina is really good especially for the price and makes the 700USD retail price of the 9-18mm seem like a rip-off in comparison. Fortunately, I got the Oly for a good price locally (from Bestbuy of all places because it was an 'open item' but looks new and is complete). The 9-18mm is my second favorite lens right now (after the 20/1.7). Do I even want/need the 12/2.0 anymore?


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  2. Danny_Two

    Danny_Two Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    I've always been in two minds over the 9-18. Sometime I hate the distortion, but then sometime I love it and photo's from other lenses look flat in comparison.
    Im still in two minds whether to sell it or not, id love someone to do a back to back test against the 12mm.
  3. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    If Pentax had released a sealed DA* version of the 11-16/f2.8 (like they did with the 12-24/16-50/50-135) I honestly doubt I would have ever come to Four Thirds land...

    Oh well :smile:
  4. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    I've never done a direct comparison like this with my Pentax gear - I'm quite surprised to see the amount of additional height to the image at 9mm compared to 11mm. Granted at such wide angles the canon's 1.6x crop probably also plays a pretty big part compared to 1.5x on other aps-c cameras, but it is still good to see visually, thanks for the post!
  5. joele

    joele Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 12, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I didn't think the 12-24mm was sealed either :confused:

    Back to the OT, yeah the 9-18mm is a great little lens, far from perfect but pound for pound (so to speak) it is a wonder and I have no regrets buying it.. The 12/2 interests me but I don't think I will go there, the 9-18 is good enough..
  6. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    The 12-24 pentax version is not sealed, you're correct. If the 11-16mm f2.8 was released in a pentax version I would have expected it to be a sealed DA* version though (in line with the 16-50 and 50-135).

    I loved the 9-18mm, had it for about half last year. I've gone primes, and every time I think about the 9-18mm, I remember I have the Pentax 15mm ltd, my favorite lens of all time! Smaller then the 9-18mm, built like a tank and a perfect 22.5mm equiv focal length :) yes, perfect!
  7. joele

    joele Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 12, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    mmm maybe I got bad sample but my 15/4 just never impressed me.. In regards to optical performance that is, size and general build of the lens was very nice..

    Wouldn't surprise me if I just got a bad sample, I bought a terrible new (made in vietnam) FA 31 that was far worse than my friends older (Japan) sample.. One of the reasons I left Pentax, jusst bad luck with bad samples of lenses (16-50 comes to mind too)..