Pondering on the wide angle options (already have mZ 9-18mm)

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Pondering on the wide angle options (already have mZ 9-18mm)
May 26, 2013

I really like my m.Zuiko 9-18mm as it is light weight and provides a nice wide 9mm, except when I zoom into corners at original size, especially since moving from GF1 to E-M5, and then I start getting these ideas I should exchange it for something else.

Last time before the Nepal trip, I didn't.

Now I'm going to Alps in July to do some hiking, and I still have time to replace it, but I don't like either of the replacement options.

The Oly 12mm is perfect except it is not wide enough. I use the 9-18mm mostly at 9mm and the 12mm just doesn't seem to provide anything close (the last thing is likely subjective).

The Pana 7-14mm is heavy and doesn't take filters and is expensive and is not a prime (so I'm not sure if it would be that much better IQ).

There's the SLR Magic 12mm and CV 12mm but both are only 12mm and heavy and/or MF. I think I'd take the Oly 12mm over them.

Using the 43 9-18mm is expensive, gets quite heavy, and likely isn't that much better than the mZ 9-18mm.

I was also thinking of taking the 20mm f/1.7 too and then stitch panoramas for some shots, but plants in the foreground won't stitch well anyway.

A faster lens would help with astro-photography too.

I was even tempted to buy a Fuji X-E1 + 14mm as it seems like the sort of camera / lens combo I'd find ideal, but that gets very expensive, I like my other m43 lenses so don't want to switch systems fully, and also I like to use the Oly 40-150mm for hiking with its light weight and versatility, but the Fuji 55-200mm to use in its place is 2.6x heavier.

Anyway, here are some sample pics with my 9-18mm:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8134829890_c47fb80f7d_o.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6143/5929135979_9e85480daf_o.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7928997246_85b11691de_o.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8134808743_fd796675d7_o.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8169/7928988810_91ca3db281_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7292/8729037969_df91168622_o.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8441/7928929040_1e00fcac5d_o.jpg

Would the corners be much better with 12mm or 7-14mm?

Do I have a defective lens (it has been knocked about in my travels) or is this normal for the mZ 9-18mm?

Any advice, besides to stop worrying about IQ and go out and take pictures?

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