Olympus 9-18 versus Pansonic 7-14mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by sailor15, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. sailor15

    sailor15 Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 28, 2012
    I know this has been discussed....any recent thoughts/experiences?

    I am learning photography & wide angle has been suggested

    Thanks for comments
  2. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
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    I have had the 9-18 for almost a year now, and I use it a lot, mostly at 9mm. You have to learn to compose well with a wide-angle, though. Golden rule is to have something in the foreground, otherwise it's just a far-away swathe of scenery and boring.

    I bought a used 7-14 to compare, and, to be honest, the difference in quality was minimal (for me), and only visible at 100% crops. Also, the 7-14 has problems with purple flare specific to the OM-D E-M5. These two factors, and the higher price, led me to resell the 7-14 and stay happy with the 9-18.
  3. Mr Hahn

    Mr Hahn Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 9, 2010
    SLC, Utah
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    This is covered in lots of threads, here are the (mostly) agreed upon points:

    The Olympus 9-18:

    - half the price of 7-14mm (got my Olympus refurbished 9-18mm at Cameta for $550 shipped)
    - threaded for filters
    - smaller and lighter
    - 15-18mm (reaches about 35mm equivalent, great walk around focal length)
    - No crazy purple blobs for OM-D users
    - Almost no light fall-off
    - More CA
    - Very little rectilinear distortion

    Panasonic 7-14mm:
    - sharper lens
    - more rectilinear distortion at the wide end
    - 7-8mm (wider)
    - No filter threads
    - Causes crazy purple blobs for OM-D users

    Excellent comparison with focal length shots by Amin located here:
    9-18mm vs 7-14mm comparison
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  4. sailor15

    sailor15 Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 28, 2012
    Many thanks for your prompt and helpful replies....it helped me decide on the Olympus lens....

    I am slowly "spreading my wings". I love my omd em5!
  5. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    The choice would depend on what other lenses you have. For instance, if you get the 12-35 f/2.8, there's a lot of overlap with the 9-18.
  6. Mr Hahn

    Mr Hahn Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 9, 2010
    SLC, Utah
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    Cameta has the factory refurbished 9-18mm for $550. They're a good company to buy from and they have a warranty:
    Cameta 9-18mm Refurbished Deal

    There's also a 9-18mm listed in the Buy/Sell/Trade forum for $500 shipped with a lens hood here:
    FastCorner Sale Thread

    Edit: I have no affiliation with FastCorner, we just happen to post at the same time. :smile:
  7. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Easy choice for me: faster, and wider. Excellent IQ and btw no purple blob problems on my OM-D. Pan 7-14/4 was the easy winner for me.
  8. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    These kinds of threads get long and consist of the same information every time. I like Mr. Hahn's brief assessment in bullet list format. Here is my addition every time I see this comparison: Had the 7-14; now own the 9-18. Wished I could've kept the 7-14. OM-D user who saw 7-14 purple in normal interior shots that had, for instance, fluorescent lights somewhere in the scene. I can't go on fixing images every time I use the lens; not worth it to me. Loved the 7mm, but had to say bye.
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  9. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
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    Jerry Jackson Jr
    I had the 9-18mm for a couple of years now and recently sold it because I never touched it after getting the 12mm f/2.

    Yes, I'm sure there are times I might miss not being able to go wider than 12mm but honestly the 12mm lens is as wide a focal length as I personally need and the f/2 aperture comes in handy more than the extra 3mm ... again, for MY needs.
  10. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
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    I've learned to live with the 12/2 like you but there are certainly a good 15% of the time that I miss the 7-9mm focal length. :frown:
  11. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    Having easy screw on filters sold the 9-18 for me. The purple blobs on the 7-14 is annoying but you also need the right conditions to get the worst of it. I don't think it's strictly an E-M5 problem, Sony sensor camera probably all have the same problem with it.

    The way I use UWA, they're very specific. I think the easy filters, smaller size when stored, weight and price ultimately wins out. But those are my priorities, what are yours?
  12. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    That's the question that each of us needs to ask, and then answer for our own needs and preferences! :smile: :thumbup:
  13. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    The short answer is that one's wider, one's bigger, and one's more expensive. And they're all the same one. So how you weight the relative importance of each will tell you whether it's the right one for you. The IQ is so close as to be a non-issue except for the purple flare issue, which seems to be very real.

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  15. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    I've got to get around to picking up the Oly 9-18. I keep waiting for Cameta's price on a refurb to drop back below $549.
  16. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama, USA
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    Also your budget

    The Panny 7-14 also cost several hundred dollars more (in some places almost double) than the Oly 9-18. In my budget that means it affects my wallet more!
  17. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I hear you, but the extra 2mm can be priceless, on occasion. :)
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  18. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Ray, that was succinct. Thumbs up!
  19. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    I use my 9-18 for travel and the long end is very handy around town.Also it is tiny in your bag and IQ is excellent.I think it's a real bargain.Sure, there will be times when you could use the extra 2mm but so what?
  20. Bamamike

    Bamamike Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2012
    Koblenz, Germany
    If you like wide, get the 7-14mm, if you own a fisheye, you need the 7-14mm.
    However, if nothing fits for you, you are better with the 9-18mm.