Got my lovely little M.Zuiko 9-18mm lens today from Japan via an eBay seller. Great price (worked out cheaper than ordering from the US) and still isn't available in Australia. Here is the box... Here is the lens getting itself out of the box... OK, so it is getting a bit of help. Here is the lens eager to get into action... Cute little critter. Feels good. There is only minimal play in the extended bit. It focuses reasonably fast. I have only tested it in low light & indoors and it is probably a little faster than the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 which I use most of the time (or have up until now). It is absolutely silent unlike the Panasonic lens. It is a joy to use and the only caveat I place on that is that as the lens is so compact, I found that you can accidently change the focus (I shoot a lot of MF) when you zoom the lens. No prolems with using Cokin P series holder and filters. No vignetting with the filter holder at 9mm. Initial impressions are that there is a lot of detail in the photos and they seem pretty sharp from edge to edge. Flare is minimal at 18mm and low at 9mm. Even at it's worst, flare is better than the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. The diffraction of point sources of light when stopped down isn't as good as the Panasonic and it appears that the Olympus lens renders a slightly warmer image. The lens is still small enough to fit with the camera into my little Lowepro pouch that I kept from my old point and shoot camera (Sony DSC-V3) so even with the zoom, I will be able to pack it into my work bag and take it with me most of the time. Overall, I am very impessed with this lens but the real test will be when I start with revisiting some my rock pool and seaside haunts in the wee hours of the morning. Test shots to follow in a few minutes.