9-18 mm (now$599) vs. 7-14 mm ($984)

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zephyrus
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9-18 mm (now$599) vs. 7-14 mm ($984)
Apr 29, 2012

The 9-18 mm is on sale now prior to Mother's day. Seems like a pretty good bargain. I am very tempted!

I know this has been discussed endlessly, but I am warming on the 9-18 mmm vs. the 7-14 mm. It is smaller, now significantly less expensive, takes filters and has a more versatile wide + normal focal length range.

The 7-14 mm however has better speed (constant 4.0) and the 7 mm images are just really cool looking!

Very hard decision!

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Re: 9-18 mm (now$599) vs. 7-14 mm ($984)
In reply to zephyrus, Apr 29, 2012

I haven't shot with the 7-14, but I'll tell you that the 9-18 is my favorite lens. It is an incredible walk around lens. $599 is well worth it. Pull the trigger, you won't regret it!

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The sharp 7mm is the reason why I haven't bought the 9-18mm yet... I share your dilemma :/

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Here in France the 9-18 is normally €649 and the 7-17 is about €1200. I saw it last week in Paris for €1249. Incredible.
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zephyrus wrote:

The 9-18 mm is on sale now prior to Mother's day. Seems like a pretty good bargain. I am very tempted!

I know this has been discussed endlessly, but I am warming on the 9-18 mmm vs. the 7-14 mm. It is smaller, now significantly less expensive, takes filters and has a more versatile wide + normal focal length range.

The 7-14 mm however has better speed (constant 4.0) and the 7 mm images are just really cool looking!

Very hard decision!

I have been on the same, but had decided for the 7-14mm I don't regret, it is a superb lens, it is almost all the time on one of my cameras, quality is amazing and I am not talking only about the image quality

On the other way the 9-18mm is also a good lens, and the price is better, you have to decide if you need the 7mm (and 8mm) ultra wide extreme, I almost use only the lens at 7mm 8 and 10mm, sometimes I use 12mm

I have to say that the image quality of the 7-14mm is good all across the focal range

And I agree, it is a hard decision, both are lens to keep for a long time

  • See some images with the 7-14mm

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In reply to zephyrus, Apr 29, 2012

The whole point of m4/3 for me is having a secondary (well, actually a tertiary) system that is as small, light, and complete as possible...

That said, having owned both lenses, kept the 7-14mm.

When I want ultra wide, I want as wide as possible (my favorite lens for the Leica m system is the VC 12mm). The extra 2mm and the wide end is more important to me than the added 4mm at the long end.

Weight the motivation for the lens-- are you seekng versatility, or extremity?

Additionally, I found the 7-14 to be sharper.

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Here's a better deal at Adorama, $499.

http://www.adorama.com/IOM918.html?gclid=CIqa17qV268CFUJx4Aod4AwF2Q
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Or is it possible to mount a square filteradapter on it?
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very happy that i got my 7-14mm on ebay for $710.. in pretty much brand new condition. i love it.

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That's not for m4/3 though.
This is for m4/3
http://www.adorama.com/IOM918MB.html

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gulffish wrote:

Here's a better deal at Adorama, $499.

http://www.adorama.com/IOM918.html?gclid=CIqa17qV268CFUJx4Aod4AwF2Q
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That's not for m4/3 though.
This is for m4/3
http://www.adorama.com/IOM918MB.html

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Re: 9-18 mm (now$599) vs. 7-14 mm ($984)
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zephyrus wrote:

The 9-18 mm is on sale now prior to Mother's day. Seems like a pretty good bargain. I am very tempted!

I know this has been discussed endlessly, but I am warming on the 9-18 mmm vs. the 7-14 mm. It is smaller, now significantly less expensive, takes filters and has a more versatile wide + normal focal length range.

The 7-14 mm however has better speed (constant 4.0) and the 7 mm images are just really cool looking!

Very hard decision!

It was easy for me - 9-18mm all the way, due first to size and second to price.

I'd love an extra mm on the wide end and an extra stop on the long end, but I can live without them. And to the 9-18mm's credit, the extra reach on the long end makes it much more useful for general person shots and other stuff that doesn't demand a true WA.

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Spectacular images Aleo! (nt)
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This discussion has prompted me to buy the 9-18 at the sale price. I've seen the output from the 9-18 and the 7-14, both look great. In the end, price wins~ Or, rather, Olympus wins, lol.

So, I now have the 12-50, 40-150 and the coming 9-18. I guess the primes are next...

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It appears this case is closed, as the OP has made a decision. I got here late, but I'm wondering why no one asked what camera the lens would be used on. If the OP has a Panny, the Panny lens will allow auto correction for CA. That helped me with my decision in purchasing the 7-14 lens. Would this not be important to others or am I missing something?

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In reply to Aleo Veuliah, Apr 30, 2012

Great images! Thanks for posting. Not making the choice any easier. For me it seems to be a choice between the more practical and the more special.

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zephyrus wrote:

The 9-18 mm is on sale now prior to Mother's day. Seems like a pretty good bargain. I am very tempted!

I know this has been discussed endlessly, but I am warming on the 9-18 mmm vs. the 7-14 mm. It is smaller, now significantly less expensive, takes filters and has a more versatile wide + normal focal length range.

The 7-14 mm however has better speed (constant 4.0) and the 7 mm images are just really cool looking!

Very hard decision!

I have been on the same, but had decided for the 7-14mm I don't regret, it is a superb lens, it is almost all the time on one of my cameras, quality is amazing and I am not talking only about the image quality

On the other way the 9-18mm is also a good lens, and the price is better, you have to decide if you need the 7mm (and 8mm) ultra wide extreme, I almost use only the lens at 7mm 8 and 10mm, sometimes I use 12mm

I have to say that the image quality of the 7-14mm is good all across the focal range

And I agree, it is a hard decision, both are lens to keep for a long time

  • See some images with the 7-14mm

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The 7-14 is a fine lens, no doubt. But using well at at full wide is very demanding. You need to be uncomfortably close to something to make the perspective do its job. The 9-18 would be more easygoing, I'm sure.

I say that as the owner of a 7-14 who thinks he would be perfectly happy with the other lens (and the leftover cash).
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In reply to nevada5, Apr 30, 2012

Hey wait a minute! I'm the the original poster and no decision has been made! Some other guy is going with the 9-18mm

This lens will be used on my silver EM-5, whenever that shows up. So no auto CA correction. But I have used LR4 for that and it works pretty well. The lenses I have so far are: 14 mm, 20 mm, 45 mm, 14-45 mm, and 45-200 mm. I need something at the wide end. The 12 mm 2.0 is appealing but very pricey and not wide enough. I have an E-PL1 now with the kit 14-42 mm, but those will both go when I get the EM5. I never used the kit that much because I found I enjoyed the primes much more. I bought the 14-45 mm recently to pair with the EM-5. It is very nice compared with the olympus kit zoom.

Bottom line is I prefer the 7-14mm, but the 9-18mm looks more practical.

nevada5 wrote:

It appears this case is closed, as the OP has made a decision. I got here late, but I'm wondering why no one asked what camera the lens would be used on. If the OP has a Panny, the Panny lens will allow auto correction for CA. That helped me with my decision in purchasing the 7-14 lens. Would this not be important to others or am I missing something?

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7-14mm all the way, and it was $888 at my local Samy's, new..... Check their website....
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If you have the money, go with the 7-14mm…
In reply to Doug, Apr 30, 2012

There are some lenses once you have you will never sell (as long as you are using the system) and, for me, the 7-14mm is one of them – it is very useful for shooting extreme wide to normalish-wide perspectives.

If you have the money, I think it is a good investment. I don’t see the prices going down much on this lens, even if a newer OIS version comes out (it may even make the prices go up more on the non-OIS version).

However, the 9-18mm is better value and more compact.

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