Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images

The following sample images were taken with the Panasonic GF-1 and RAW-converted via Adobe ACR.

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 9.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 9.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 9.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 9.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 9.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/800s

Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED is an engineering masterpiece. It is the most compact and light-weight ultra wide angle lens that we've reviewed to date. It is easy to use despite its small size and rather unusual retractable design. Olympus managed to keep the build quality on high level which is a big step forward from the M.Zuiko 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The AF is basically silent and very fast and as such also very usable for videos.

The optical performance, and that's of course the key aspect, is very decent for an ultra-wide zoom lens. It may not be able to touch the stars but it can provide sharp center-to-edge quality images especially in the lower part of its zoom range. Both vignetting and lateral CAs are nothing to worry about from a field perspective. That's also true for the distortion characteristic although that's primarily because of the system's auto-correction approach - the native amount of distortions is actually fairly hefty.

The Olympus lens is offered for around 550EUR/700US$ so it's certainly not a budget item but it's also far more affordable than the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH. All-in-all an attractive lens especially for those who want to minimize their carry burden.

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