oly 9-18mm or oly 14-150mm

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nardoleo
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oly 9-18mm or oly 14-150mm
Apr 13, 2012

Hi pple,

i know both are very different lenses. but i am sort of torn between them right now.
My current kit is an Epl 1, the 14-42 kit, pana 20mm 1.7 and the oly 45mm 1.8.

I am torn between those 2 because i would love to have a lens than i can use for travel and i feel both are pretty good travel lens. which of the 2 is a more versatile travel lens? if i get the 14-150mm, it will replace my current kit lens.

if not these 2, than which lens to recommend/

thanks in advance for the advice.

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Re: oly 9-18mm or oly 14-150mm
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nardoleo wrote:

Hi pple,

i know both are very different lenses. but i am sort of torn between them right now.
My current kit is an Epl 1, the 14-42 kit, pana 20mm 1.7 and the oly 45mm 1.8.

I am torn between those 2 because i would love to have a lens than i can use for travel and i feel both are pretty good travel lens. which of the 2 is a more versatile travel lens? if i get the 14-150mm, it will replace my current kit lens.

if not these 2, than which lens to recommend/

thanks in advance for the advice.

I have both, and undoubtedly 14-150 is my preferred "travel lens". 9-18 is too much of a novelty lens.

My favorite travel rig: a PEN with the 14-150 mounted in my hand, 20mm panny in one pocket and the 9-18 in a coat pocket. The 9-18 is optional, the other two are mandatory.

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In reply to nardoleo, Apr 13, 2012

I guess it depends on your shooting style.

I have the 9-18 glued to my camera. My light travel kit is 9-18mm, 20mm 1.7, 45mm 1.8. I have other lenses as well, and a DSLR with which I like to shoot wildlife and macro, but travel photos with the family usually means the kit mentioned above.

The 9-18 is a versatile lens, but shooting at 9mm takes some time to get used to. It is not as straightforward as shooting with a 14-150mm, and some people like it but others don't.

Search on image sites for images you really like, and see at what focal length they are taken. It gives you some clue of what might suit you best. Landscapes you get drawn into? 9-18mm. Closeups / details/ distant objects? 14-150mm. Architecture? 9-18mm.

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Hi pple,

i know both are very different lenses. but i am sort of torn between them right now.
My current kit is an Epl 1, the 14-42 kit, pana 20mm 1.7 and the oly 45mm 1.8.

I am torn between those 2 because i would love to have a lens than i can use for travel and i feel both are pretty good travel lens. which of the 2 is a more versatile travel lens? if i get the 14-150mm, it will replace my current kit lens.

if not these 2, than which lens to recommend/

thanks in advance for the advice.

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In reply to nardoleo, Apr 13, 2012

nardoleo wrote:

Hi pple,

i know both are very different lenses. but i am sort of torn between them right now.
My current kit is an Epl 1, the 14-42 kit, pana 20mm 1.7 and the oly 45mm 1.8.

I am torn between those 2 because i would love to have a lens than i can use for travel and i feel both are pretty good travel lens. which of the 2 is a more versatile travel lens? if i get the 14-150mm, it will replace my current kit lens.

if not these 2, than which lens to recommend/

My travel lens kit consists of the Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm, the Panasonic G Vario 14-140mm and the Panasonic G 20mm. The first two of these are broadly functionally similar to the two Olympus lenses you are considering. Maybe it helps that I am a big strong person, but I find that walking around with the 14-140mm on a GH2 on a neckstrap has no weight issues for me (and the 14-140 is larger and heavier than the Olympus 14-150).

While the 14-140 is ideal for maybe 80% of my shots, the 7-14mm gets used for maybe 15% and the 20mm for maybe 5% of an evening and indoors.

Now my shooting preferences may be very different to yours, but with this combination of lenses I feel I have most bases covered when travelling. I carry the two 'spare' lenses in an all weather sling type rucksack (I am a rain magnet). I am also one of those people who thinks that one lens cannot suit all situations, so I have no reservations about changing lenses while walking about.

So, going back to your original question, I would choose the 14-150mm if I was you unless you have a strong preference for wide angle photography.

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In reply to nardoleo, Apr 13, 2012

I don't think there will be anything drastically better/newer than the mZD 9-18 coming out soon... whereas the mid zoom range could see more development (I'd love to see a weathersealed version of the High Grade ZD 12-60mm from Olympus)

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For me, the idea travel kit is:

14-42Oly (possibly replaced by 12-50)
9-18 Oly (The 7-14 would be better, but it is 3 times the price...)
20mm f1.7 (The 25mm will completement it once I can afford it)
50mm f1.4 Canon FD (Might get 45mm f1.8 since it have AF...)
100mm f2.8 Olympus OM (Might replace with 40-150mm, but it is slower...)

These all fit in my Kata H-14 shoulder bag (Along a flash, a remote for the flash and a remote&intervalometer gadget)

When I just take the camera out without the kit, it is almost always with the 20mm on (then it fits in my pocket) sometimes with the 9-18 in my other pocket...

I rarely miss the longer reaches available.

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That is my current travelling kit. I have, for now, replaced the 14-45 and 45-200 Panasonics with the 14-140. I don't often miss the extra reach of the 45-200, and I definitely do not miss having to switch lenses, or think about it, and missing the shot.

I have a Panasonic camera, so that is why the preference in Panasonic lenses, bottom line, I think the 14-150 is worth serious consideration.

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In reply to MadsR, Apr 13, 2012

I have the Oly, and the 14-140 ....

The 14-140 is for when I'm documenting what the family has been up to.

The 9-18 is for when I find some time to work on my photography. I often use the 9-18 as a really wide to complement my P30+ in the studio. I have a 35mm for the MF system which when you factor in all the equivalences is around a 28mm in 35mm full frame terms. That is to say, not really wide. There are certain shots where absolute IQ is much less important than my view of the image that I want, and in that case, the 18mm or so 35mm equivalent that the oly gives is essential.

I used the 9-18 on a MF workshop in death valley, and it allowed me to get some fast shots that were really cool to document the trip. At 8X10, I'm hard pressed to say that there is a significant difference in some of the photos. At 16X20, for what I would call a commercial quality print, the little Oly is just not sufficient.

If you can swing it, I'd say get both .....

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nardoleo wrote:

Hi pple,

i know both are very different lenses. but i am sort of torn between them right now.
My current kit is an Epl 1, the 14-42 kit, pana 20mm 1.7 and the oly 45mm 1.8.

I am torn between those 2 because i would love to have a lens than i can use for travel and i feel both are pretty good travel lens. which of the 2 is a more versatile travel lens? if i get the 14-150mm, it will replace my current kit lens.

if not these 2, than which lens to recommend/

thanks in advance for the advice.

Easy....get both. Not really a question of one or the other. They perform entirely different jobs.

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I have both, got the 14-150 first then only recently the 9-18.

For travel and convenience, go with your gut: sell the 14-42 kit and get the 14-150 for now. See if the 14 end is wide enough for you. You can always get the 9-18 later. For me at least the 9-18 took some time to get used to but because it's so small and light, it's not a problem to take it along even with the 14-150.

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In reply to g2van, Apr 13, 2012

Exactly. I got 14-150 first as well. It just works better as a general purpose lens. Once I got 9-18, I started using it more but only because 90% of my shots these days are on the trails where most views are wide open. Only when I need to zoom further out, I switch over to 14-150, and keep it on the body until I need wider than 14mm view again.

But if I am visiting another city or busy places, 14-150 is much better.

g2van wrote:

I have both, got the 14-150 first then only recently the 9-18.

For travel and convenience, go with your gut: sell the 14-42 kit and get the 14-150 for now. See if the 14 end is wide enough for you. You can always get the 9-18 later. For me at least the 9-18 took some time to get used to but because it's so small and light, it's not a problem to take it along even with the 14-150.

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In reply to rezaf_2000, Apr 13, 2012

Exactly my kit as well. For two weeks in Europe it was all I ever needed. I've still got the kit 14-42 and a 40-150. I see zero difference in image quality between the 40-150 and the 14-150 in my own photos, so I'm going to sell off the 14-42 and 40-150 and may use the money for that beautiful 45 1.8.

For a one lens solution I'd say its the 14-150 hands down. The 9-18 is awesome but a little wide for most of the photos I take. Of course, ideally, you get both.
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nardoleo wrote:

I am torn between those 2 because i would love to have a lens than i can use for travel and i feel both are pretty good travel lens. which of the 2 is a more versatile travel lens? if i get the 14-150mm, it will replace my current kit lens.

Tough decision. Both of these lenses and indispensable for a light travel kit. My current travel kit is the 9-18, 14-150 and 20 1.7. This is close to ideal for me.

If I could only take one lens with me on a trip, it would depend on the trip that I'm taking. Urban cities with tight streets and open interiors (think cathedrals) I'm taking the 9-18 - its glued to my camera in these situations. I like the feel of this lens a lot, and I feel much more creative with it mounted.

For other situations, I would probably take the 14-150. It's a great all-purpose lens, and it allows for some fun subject isolation. It is very versatile, and is great for general photography - excellent for family vacations, etc when you are documenting the experience. If you go this route, the following advise from Guy Parsons is worth repeating:

"Make sure IBIS is off and keep shutter speeds at or above 1/320 sec and aperture at f/7.1 or f/8.0 at 150mm and the results are only a tiny whisker worse than the rather good 40-150mm lens. "

Either way, you can't go wrong with either lens. They are both well worth the money.

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Re: oly 9-18mm or oly 14-150mm- why turn off IBIS?
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Optical1 wrote:
If you go this route, the following advise from Guy Parsons is worth repeating:

"Make sure IBIS is off and keep shutter speeds at or above 1/320 sec and aperture at f/7.1 or f/8.0 at 150mm and the results are only a tiny whisker worse than the rather good 40-150mm lens. "

I'm curious- why turn off IBIS when using the 14-150?

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I have the 9-18 and the 2 kit lenses: 14-42 and 40-150. Those 3 lenses fulfill almost all my needs and sure the 9-18 are my most used lens.
For travel the wide lens is a must .

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I would say, if you could, get both of them (consider 2nd handed if you would like to make some savings), and then sell the 14-42 kit lens. I got both of them 2nd handed!

9-18 is definitely a great lens to own, becoz it opens a new dimension of photography possibilities. Just take a look at what other would do with ultra wide angle lenses (both Oly 9-18 and Pany 7-14).

14-150 is a better lens than 14-42 optically, and only slightly slower (in terms of aperture), but it covers a great range from 28mm to 300mm, which is a very useful range for travelers! I bet you would be using it ~ 90% of time for any travels.

In low lights / in door you'll need your 20/1.7 and 45/1.8.
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In reply to nardoleo, Apr 13, 2012

The 9-18mm is a stunning performer. Very sharp. The shots from the vacation (landscapes and tight indoors) benefited greatly from wide angle.

That said, it's a specialty lens if you're not a full time landscape interior shooter. I usually shoot family shots so it's a lens I ended up not using much so had to sell it.

The 14-150mm is probably all the lens you need on a trip, maybe the 20mm for low light. It's not an awesome lens, but it gets the job done.

Here's an off the wall suggestion: 9-18mm, 20mm, and 40-150mm. Keep the 45mm at home. You can sell the 14-42 to fund the 40-150mm or just wait to see if the 9-188/40-140mm combo works for you.

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I have the pany 14-140 and the oly 9-18. I rarely uses the 9-18 because it is so specific. When I have it on the camera, I almost always run into a situation where that lens just is not appropriate. The 14-140 can handle any situation. It is "heavy" compared to micro 4/3rds lenses. I understand that the 14-150 is smaller and lighter. Given your choices, I would definitely go with the 14-150. If you are in a wide situation, you can often shoot a panoramic picture and get wider than the 9-18 will get. I rarely have "buyer's remorse" because I research cameras and lenses before I buy them....but I certainly would not buy this lens again. If I lost it or had it stolen, I would not miss it.
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Dr Hal wrote:

The 14-140 can handle any situation. It is "heavy" compared to micro 4/3rds lenses.

It is a M4/3 lens and by defination it can't handle anything wider than 14 or longer than 140.

My experience is just the opposite. My Z.D 9-18 is always on a camera at the ready when I am hiking, but then so is either the 14-140 or 100-300.

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In reply to nardoleo, Apr 14, 2012

I'd go for the 9-18. As a creative tool it will extend your vision further than the other lens. The other is a "one size fits all needs" lens similar to what you'd see on a compact digicam.

My $0.02.

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