OMG! We have the ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6...

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Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
OMG! We have the ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6...

Hello everyone,

as you may know, the Olympus Safari Group is attracting so many serious photographers, who appreciate the value of shooting with Olympus DSLRs that Olympus have begun to have a high degree of trust in our opinion - we have a number of extremely exciting projects in progress.

It is due to this trust, that Olympus have supplied us with the first ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6 lens, with a view to having our members give their own opinion of its' use in the real world!

I will of course try to answer any questions here - and get some samples up today, but it is more important that you get a chance to share your opinion with your peers... and luckily, we have an event pre-planned for this very occasion!

Here are the details from Tim...

The next Olympus UK Photo Safari Group mini-event in the London area will be this weekend, taking advantage of the Open House London weekend to visit some of London's buildings that are normally closed to the public.
On Saturday, we will visit the City of London, taking in the following:

  • Broadgate Estate - normally has a no photography policy, so it's a good chance to get some shots of some landmark buildings and public art in the Square Mile

  • Spittalfields Market & Christ Church Spittalfields

  • Andaz Hotel (formerly the Great Eastern)

  • former Stock Exchange building & tower

  • Bank of England

  • Guildhall

  • Vintners Hall

  • Lloyds of London

  • Leadenhall Market

ending up back at Liverpool Street Station. We will meet here at 10:00:

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On Sunday, we will go to Crossness Pumping Station, meeting at Abbey Wood station at 12:00:

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New members welcome - please register via the above links.

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If you can't make the event this Saturday, and would like to contribute to a Safari Group review of this hugely significant lens for 4/3rds, then please keep eye on our upcoming events here :

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Or you can join the Olympus Safari Group, and request an event on your doorstep!
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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
Any questions please, for our Safari Group reviewers...

Please leave any suggestions here for real-world tests and opinions you would like from our Safari Group members?

I can say, first impressions are that this is extremely well constructed, compact, lightweight and perfectly matched to the E-420. I'm off out to do a comparison with the 11-22 right now... I have a very good feeling about the optical quality of this lens, but I want to show you the reality!

Kind Regards

Brian
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cnb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,091
Re: Any questions please, for our Safari Group reviewers...

Hi Brian,

I'm just a newbie to DSLR photography and this forum, but I really liked playing with the wideangle adapter on my old superzoom, so I've been very interested in this (relatively inexpensive) lens.

In short: I'd love to read one of your reports with different people's experiences with the lens (how cool is that that you're getting to try it!) and see lots of sample pictures! Sharpness and cromatic aberration are two points that particularly interest me.

Cheers
CHRISTA

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Plantnerd_ Regular Member • Posts: 413
Tree Branches

I photograph Trees and although the 11-22 is great it has quite a bit of purple fringing with tree branches especially when a white cloudy sky is behind the tree.

Would you be so kind as to test the 9-18mm at 9mm wide open on a tree with a bright sky behind if possible it would be much appreciated, thanks.

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ViTAR Regular Member • Posts: 185
Re: OMG! We have the ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6...

So, the only info about ZD 9-18mm lens you have right now is the subject of the message?

And as I understand, we can expect sample images and opinions just someday next week? Or you can post some today?

RoelHendrickx
RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 26,047
Another good one for the UKPSG !!

I would be interested in comparison with 7-14 at identical focal lenghts.
Also a comparison for FOV at widest end (7, resp 9 mm).

The fact is that I wanted wide angle but thought the 9-18 took forever to arrive on the lens roadmap, so I just bought the 7-14 when the need was there. I have been shooting all year with it and and extremely happy with the purchase.

Had the 9-18 been around in January, I would have bought that one probably because of relative cost. I think the other purchase was justified but am still interested in the 9-18's performance because wide angle is great.

So the 9-18 could still be interesting for me in the long run because of its smaller shape (and/or if it would be compatible AF wise with future MicroFT body).

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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
Roel,

If you think of the 7-14 + E-3 shrunk to E-420 size... it's about the same proportions, and so lightweight!

I dare not imagine that the 9-18 will approach the quality of the 7-14, but I'm going to take both out as you suggest, and get some shots for you.

Cheers

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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
I am letting you know...

That anyone within reach of London this Saturday (I've just booked my train from Sheffield for £48 return) will have the chance to make their own mind up, and share their honest opinions with you.

I will certainly be posting samples later this morning, this afternoon and will answer your specific questions as well as I can here now.

Kind Regards

Brian
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twonker
twonker Veteran Member • Posts: 4,646
Re: OMG! We have the ZD 9-18mm f4-f5.6...

Hey, great stuff Brian... two questions from me please:

1. CD-AF on the E420 (and one assumes hence m43)

2. Compatibility with Lee filter holders (not sure if anyone there will have these and a 72mm adapter, but don't ask, don't get).

Have a great w/e

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amalric
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Re: Roel,

Thank you, Brian, such a nice and timely initiative.

Apart from what was mentioned above: sharpness, especially on the edges, & CA, can you check how well corrected are straight lines?

Moreover can you ask Oly if the lens is cleared for Contrast Detection i.e.compatible with the G1, or a future Oly µ4/3?

Last, how robust is the construction? Better or same of the kit lenses?

Thank you again.

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TonyinJapan
TonyinJapan Senior Member • Posts: 1,063
Have fun with the 9-18mm!

Thanks for asking us for our queries/questions.

If it is no trouble, I would like to see comparisons between the 12-60mm and the 9-18mm at the widest angle. I’m curious to see how much more FOV you can get from 12mm to 9mm (and, of course, the optical quality between the two).

Have fun!

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RoelHendrickx
RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 26,047
About filters

twonker wrote:

Hey, great stuff Brian... two questions from me please:

1. CD-AF on the E420 (and one assumes hence m43)

My question too.

2. Compatibility with Lee filter holders (not sure if anyone there
will have these and a 72mm adapter, but don't ask, don't get).

Some people shy away from the 7-14 because it doesn't take filters.

For protection I don't think it would work (or yes, it would work, but increase the risk of flare very much, with that curved front element and then some more glass in front of it).

And I frankly have never missed the ability to, say, polarize : the 7-14 seems to render blue skies perfectly. So how does the 9-18 compare with that?

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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
Hi Alistair,

twonker wrote:

Hey, great stuff Brian... two questions from me please:

1. CD-AF on the E420 (and one assumes hence m43)

I have the beta sample of this lens, but the firmware is showing 1.0, and it CF-AF's rather slowly on the E-420. Fine for landscapes but that's all imho.

2. Compatibility with Lee filter holders (not sure if anyone there
will have these and a 72mm adapter, but don't ask, don't get).

I have one and will take it out with me (just clearing my desk, and the sun us shining! aaaaargh!)

Have a great w/e

Will do, you'll see the report In fact, I may be able to get over to you tomorrow if you can get off work to try it out?

Cheers

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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
OK Tony,

I'll take the 7-14, 11-22 and 12-60 to compare! the samples will be here early this afternoon (

Cheers

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Danielvr Veteran Member • Posts: 4,669
Re: Have fun with the 9-18mm!

TonyinJapan wrote:

If it is no trouble, I would like to see comparisons between the
12-60mm and the 9-18mm at the widest angle.

Here's a simulation of the FOV of most current lenses including the 12-60 and 9-18.

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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
Very nice indeed Dan,

We'll still need to see how the distortion compares, but I can tell you now, the flare control is awesome

Cheers

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twonker
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Brian...

I have an afternoon off tomorrow from about 2'ish, as I'm working late tonight, so if you want to meet up somewhere for a couple of hours, the forecast is:

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OP Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
Cool, I'll give you a call later to arrange a mini-review :)

In the meantime, log into our coordination website - I've uploaded RAW files for comparison with the 7-14mm... I was SHOCKED!!!!!

I'm keen to read your own impressions, and those of other Safari Group members.

The RAW files are here :
http://www.ukphotosafari.org/zd-9-18mm-f4-f56/

It's a 42.2M download.

I'm off out shortly, so if you want to download the RAW files and do crops / analysis / opinions here then that would be great!

Please add this note to any crops / conversions you do...

"taken with beta sample (not final sample)"

If the full production version gets any better than this, I will be amazed!

Kind Regards

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RoelHendrickx
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Shocked as in...

Brian Mosley wrote:

In the meantime, log into our coordination website - I've uploaded
RAW files for comparison with the 7-14mm... I was SHOCKED!!!!!

No time for playing with RAWS now, but I will see what others make of it.

I suppose shocked as in "very impressed", not as in "appalled"
This is what I gather from your final comment.

Well, good for Oly and for all those that had the patience to wait for this lens.

If the full production version gets any better than this, I will be
amazed!

Kind Regards

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Great news! I'm booking my flight.

Just kidding, I'd probably rather save the ocean airfare monies for new lenses like the 9-18mm.

Is the lens focus by wire? Is it filter compatible?

Have a great time this Saturday!

Cheerio,
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