Hi Forum, My first post and I hope you guys can help me: after reading so many great things about the Oly 9-18 and seeing some amazing photos shared here and around the web, I purchased a new copy two weeks ago. The weather just turned dry enough for me to go outside and try it out. I'm a little torn. I'm using the lens on a Panasonic G3. + Lens can be sharp in the center. + Lens gives me the wide angle I have come to love from my Canon 10-22. - There seems to be a LOT of noise in the image and I'm not sure if it's due to the lens or the camera. The Pany 20mm Pancake doesn't produce as much noise. - The lens appears quite soft to me. - When an image is sharp, then only the center. Pretty much everything else is soft. I don't know if I'm expecting too much or if this copy indeed isn't that great. I have attached three unedited RAW images for you to look at. I'd be ever grateful if any of you could compare it to what your copy of the Oly lens produces. I also have to add that I could create quite nice post-processed images; I did a couple of bracketed shots and made HDRs which look good enough to me. I just expected that even without pushing stuff through the entire NIK suite (Dfine, Sharpener, etc) my photos would look decent and the examples I attached don't really. At least to me. Please find the RAWs here https://plus.google.com/photos/109258369071936311308/albums/5866001586946795825 EDIT: Here are the images, exported to 1000px in width; at the end of the post is a link to the raw files.