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The little lens that could!!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Kiwi Paul, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    729
    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Having just returned from a photo shoot around Torridon in west Scotland and briefly reviewing my pics one lens that really stood out both in usefulness and image quality and reinforcing my previous opinions on this great little lens is the Zuiko m9-18.
    I'm really impressed with it, it's so small and compact yet really delivers the goods when it comes to taking great pics. The focal range is ideal for landscapes , it produces sharp, detailed images with great clarity, even reviewing in post processing at 100% the amount of detail and sharpness is impressive.
    Anyone who is looking for a superwide lens for m4/3 should really put this lens high on the list, I haven't used the Lumix 7-14 lens but really don't see how it can be much if any better than the m9-18 and the 9-18 is less than half the price.
    The mZuiko 12mm f2.0 lens may be faster and ultimately have the edge in IQ but it lacks the versatility of the lovely little m9-18 and the 12mm costs more too.
    Just my plug for a great little lens.

    Paul
     
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  2. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    459
    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Paul,
    I also have this lens and use it on my G2 and love it. I'm more of a wide angle shooter anyway, so this is perfect. Sharpness and contrast seem very good to me too!
     
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  3. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    338
    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    The 7-14 goes to 7mm which allows for noticeably wider and far more distorted compositions (which I like better).
     
  4. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    340
    Feb 28, 2010
    Agreed. The 9-18 is a fine little lens, compact and sharp. I've used it a few times on assignments and with the right shots they have blended in well with my larger format equipment. For travel, it works really well.
     
  5. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    I am realizing slowly, that I really "need" a lens like this and a super zoom to cover my style. Thanks for the recommendation!:2thumbs:

    Are we going to see some examples????
     
  6. applemint

    applemint Mu-43 Veteran

    345
    Jan 24, 2012
    Very photogenic part of the world Torridon. :smile:
    torridon - Flickr: Search

    In the UK or Ireland, you can also get £160 cashback on this lens when bought with an E-PM1 or E-PL3 +14-42mm kit until the end of April (as well as getting £50 cashback on the camera).

    http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/imag...ens_Accessory_Cashback_Mar12._V138174725_.pdf

    Or see: https://www.mu-43.com/f89/olympus-l...lus-cashback-e-pl3-e-pm1-kits-lens-evf-22391/

    A nice saving of £210, for anyone who may be thinking of getting both!
     
  7. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    420
    Dec 4, 2010
    Tulsa, moving to Houston
    Duke
    I've had both the 9-18 and 7-14 and they're both good, but the 9-18 is only $100-200 cheaper, so not half the price.
     
  8. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    813
    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    May depend on where you are purchasing, in Canada the 9-18 is $700 and the 7-14 is $1300, so I'd say that is about half. We don't all get American prices.
     
  9. applemint

    applemint Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2012
  10. onelouder

    onelouder Mu-43 Regular

    27
    Oct 3, 2011
    Sydney
    BIll
    i have been using this lens so much more than i thought i would. really happy with it.
     
  11. higuy22

    higuy22 New to Mu-43

    2
    Mar 10, 2012
    Buckinghamshire
    I have a Panasonic GH1. Will the Olympus 9-18 work OK with this without any feature loss? I live in the UK and can't afford (actually justify) the crazy price of the 7-14.
     
  12. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Superb lens the 7-14 and quite a bit wider too.


    Olympus Zuiko lens field of view comparison
     
  13. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    338
    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    Yes - technically it will work fine (no adapter needed, AF works, etc).

    Where you may run into problems is with the colors and CA, both of which you can correct in post using something like Lightroom or Aperture (or Silkypix), but you may want to set up a correction profile for that lens unless you're used to Olympus glass on your Panasonic body and like that look.
     
  14. higuy22

    higuy22 New to Mu-43

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    Mar 10, 2012
    Buckinghamshire
    Hi Paul, which camera body did you use the 9118 on?
     
  15. I've been using this combination for a while now. There's no particular need for any lens correction profile, no more than you might think about applying if the same lens was mounted on an Olympus. We're not exactly talking about a lensbaby here. It can actually be more problematic to do the reverse and mount a Panasonic lens on an Olympus body since Panasonic lenses are designed on the assumption that CA correction occurs in the camera body.

    Flickr: GH1 M Zuiko 9-18mm
     
  16. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    Shooting a bit with it yesterday. Couple this lens with a polarizing filter, and you can get some great photos:

    <img src=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6974378635_cc3c4464cd_b.jpg>
     
  17. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    338
    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    I had all kinds of CA and color shift problems (way too blue, no matter what WB setting I was on) using the Olympus 14-140 (latest FW) on my GF1 (latest FW). All shots were RAW, processed in LR3. The CA may have been a superzoom issue, but the colors were pretty awful compared to my Panny lenses. Everything corrected OK in post, but it was an extra step.
     
  18. Hmm, I'm not sure if that was because of some idiosyncracy of the camera, lens, or both. So far my GH1 has played very nicely with the Oly 9-18, 14-150, and 14-42 II. My brief experience with a GF1 (and using the the same RAW workflow as my GH1) suggested that it could have come from entirely different manufacturer to the GH1, mostly based on the difference in colour output between the two.
     
  19. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    729
    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I have the G3.

    Paul
     
  20. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    729
    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Here's a few shots with the G3 and m9-18 taken this weekend.

    Paul

    P1020548.

    P1020601.

    P1020608.

    P1020519.
     
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