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    Default Olympus 9-18mm Now Shipping

    I just got in the 9-18mm Lens today. I will try to set aside some time to take a few photos, as were the requests from the site in this thread. If you have other requests add them to the list.


    But for tonight you will have to make due with the sample comparison shots.

    One thing I wasn't positive about, till now it does have a rear metal flange -

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    The E-410 & E-420 with kit lens and 9-18mm


    The 9-18mm vs 7-14mm


    the hood on the 9-18mm is quite large even fits around the outside of the 7-14mm

    But all in all the lens is about the same size as the diameter of the 7-14mm.


    the 9-18mm vs the 14-42mm



    A few more pictures in the Smugmug gallery.

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    Default Re: Olympus 9-18mm Now Shipping

    Some sample shots. (And late tonight I will include a few more after I get a real chance to look)
    Plus many more in the gallery. All the sample shots in the gallery are not touched in 1 little bit straight out of the camera. No corrections were made to even straighten them - unless noted.

    A few early thoughts, the 9-18 offers many advantages over the 7-14mm - First is of course cost, and than we can go into - Size, ability to add a filter..... The 7-14mm has a few advantages over the 9-18 - The biggest is 7mm is a LOT wider than 9mm. But I think that a real nice part of the 9-18mm is that is moves from a UWA to a standard lens, for a nice all in one lens.
    For the 7-14mm it is not hard at all to get lens flares to show up (even on my first try I got one with no problem.)

    (7-14mm at 9mm)
    Vs - the same exact setup with the 9-18mm.

    So that is a big plus for the 9-18mm.

    also the UWA - 9-18 gives some nice perspective -

    (Click on all these photos for a larger one. )



    But if your not square you will see a lot of keystoning.

    (Really I am almost positive that I was square to this plaque.)

    So now a bit of FOV comparison -
    7-14mm at 7mm

    7-14mm at 9mm (left) - 9-18mm at 9mm (right)

    7-14mm at 11mm - 9-18mm at 11mm

    7-14mm at 14mm - 9-18mm at 14mm

    9-18mm at 18mm


    So a few more later tonight. But here is a sample from today.
    I will also talk about the CA.

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    Wow! That thing is small! I am not looking for an UWA lens at the moment (the 11-22 still does its job nicely) but such a small UWA lens is good news!

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    Wow, the lens would be small were it not for that big plastic donut on the front of it. Does the entire donut assembly move when zooming and/or focusing? It looks from your first photo on SmugMug that the donut "stretches out" to focus.

    The hood is pretty ridiculous... with it mounted the 9-18 looks like it's less bag-friendly than the 7-14... it's thicker, and nearly as long.

    I'm kinda bummed out looking at the size comparison, but the ability to use a CPL is a big benefit, and the cost difference is huge. Hopefully your tests will show impressive image quality!

    Thanks for all the sample shots, Tony! I particularly appreciate the two shots on the E-4x0 bodies. The lens looks small on the body in a way it doesn't on its own.
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    ^^^
    I don't see how that's a problem, you can turn the hood upside down and store it on the lens when it's not in use.

    btw I just ordered mine from ebay, he allows live cashback as well.
    I'll see if he is reliable or not, then let you guys know.

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    Default Re: Olympus 9-18mm Now Shipping

    Quote Originally Posted by kyotousa View Post
    ^^^
    I don't see how that's a problem, you can turn the hood upside down and store it on the lens when it's not in use.

    btw I just ordered mine from ebay, he allows live cashback as well.
    I'll see if he is reliable or not, then let you guys know.
    Wide hoods are a nightmare, IMHO. I had a >4" wide hood on my Canon 17-40, and it prevented me from storing the lens with the hood attached in most of my bags. The hood was too wide for the lens pockets/pouches. I ended up buying a narrower hood designed for a longer lens (the 24/1.4) and dremel'ed the plastic down to not vignette at 17mm.

    The 9-18 looks similar... it might not be quite as wide as my obnoxious 17-40, but it's much wider than the other compact Olympus lenses (ie: 14-42), so the effect is the same: it forces you to carry a bag designed to hold larger lenses than you otherwise would.

    This is all judging from the photos, of course. I have no idea exactly how thick the hood is in reality... but it looks big in photos!

    Hey Tony, could you measure the maximum diameter of the hood?
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    The 9-18 looks like it's a tank and it's larger than I though it would be. It's awfully close in price to the 11-22 though. If it's as sharp it will be a winner!
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    Really compared to other similar lenses such as the 17-40mm I would say its not bad at all. Its hood diameter is about 3.5". If you want to compare it to the 14-35 or 35-100 is is just a baby. Its length is less than the 14-54, but the hood here again is quite a bit rounder.

    (I updated some pictures at the start of the thread) And will do more late tonight.)

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    A few more comparisons - Basically Its a great value for the price.
    Distortion


    Sharpness test -


    Sharpness and a Little CA.

    (Click for larger images.

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    Default Re: Olympus 9-18mm Now Shipping

    Quote Originally Posted by tspore View Post
    Really compared to other similar lenses such as the 17-40mm I would say its not bad at all. Its hood diameter is about 3.5". If you want to compare it to the 14-35 or 35-100 is is just a baby. Its length is less than the 14-54, but the hood here again is quite a bit rounder.

    (I updated some pictures at the start of the thread) And will do more late tonight.)
    3.5"? Ah, you're right, Tony, that's not bad at all. It looks much larger than that. I suppose that's because the barrel itself is so small.

    It's still a good inch thicker than the kit lenses, so it'll force me away from my "micro" bags like my Urban Disguise 10, but that's nowhere near as bad as the 4.4" 17-40 hood, which requires a specialized bag just for it.

    Optically the lens is looking excellent. Distortion looks pretty severe at 9mm, but flare handling is outstanding, it seems to resist contrast loss in strong lighting, and I've seen no real difference in sharpness compared to the 7-14 as of yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tspore View Post
    A few more comparisons - Basically Its a great value for the price.
    Distortion


    (Click for larger images.
    About how close were you to the pickets?

    Thanks,
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    I was close. within/around a foot. Overall the lens is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tspore View Post
    I was close. within/around a foot. Overall the lens is great.
    I thought you might be very close. I'm anxiously waiting for it to become more available so I can get one myself.

    Thanks for your efforts,
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    Thanks Tony for showing how it works in the real world!

    I guess we just need to get a few of these lenses out there and then get a few test images submitted to PTLens and then that distortion can be easily taken care of....
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    Not too impressed with the distortion, I thought there was little to none

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    Default Re: Olympus 9-18mm Now Shipping

    I'm visiting NYC next week and am seriously considering this lens. But I have my doubts regarding its slowness.. how is AF in darker scenes? I'm looking for a nice wide angle for location shots (not landscapes) and streetshooting.. F4-5.6 seems a tad on the slow side...

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    that's fine, thanks

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    With a smaller camera (E-620) this is the lower part of a double zoom paired with the 40-150mm, add the pancake 25mm and you have a very light weighted and excellent lens conbination.

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    Default Re: Olympus 9-18mm Now Shipping

    Quote Originally Posted by marcof View Post
    I'm visiting NYC next week and am seriously considering this lens. But I have my doubts regarding its slowness.. how is AF in darker scenes? I'm looking for a nice wide angle for location shots (not landscapes) and streetshooting.. F4-5.6 seems a tad on the slow side...
    Compare it to the 7-14mmm:
    Wide open they are equal with f4.0
    @18mm the first is at f5.6
    This isn't a huge difference, there is no ultra wide with below f4.0 or lower, whatever brand you are considering....

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