First photos with 9-18mm

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farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
First photos with 9-18mm
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Just picked up the lens, have to say that I rather like it. Though in retrospect perhaps the 7-14 would have given me a little extra...

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Anfy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,440
Re: First photos with 9-18mm

farrukh wrote:

Just picked up the lens, have to say that I rather like it. Though in retrospect perhaps the 7-14 would have given me a little extra...

Question is if the additional bulk of a lens like the 7-14mm (which is not absolutely large per se but in comparison to the dwarfish 9-18mm) and its greater price would be worth the candle.

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FrankParis Senior Member • Posts: 1,042
Re: First photos with 9-18mm

Really nice photos, but I would have appreciated EXIF.

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Paul De Bra
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The wider you go the more difficult it becomes...

On Canon I had the 10-22 lens, which is a bit wider than the 9-18 on m43.

The 9-18 is still pretty wide and certainly wide enough to make it tricky to take shots without undesired perspective distortion. I got it just over a week ago, in time for a short trip to Innsbruck (Austria).

This is 10mm, and looks ok to me.

Here is a 9mm shot that looks reasonable:

But this is also 9mm and the bus really looks unnatural:

Here is another shot at 9mm. The people in the center look far away but in reality they were not.

So it's tricky to use wide angle and obtain naturally looking shots.

The shot below is pretty similar but taken at 12mm and suddenly the people in the center look closer than in the 9mm shot.

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Re: First photos with 9-18mm

farrukh wrote:

Just picked up the lens, have to say that I rather like it. Though in retrospect perhaps the 7-14 would have given me a little extra...

It's a great lens, nice and compact, like any WA though, it can be tricky to use. These shots work well, I love the second one, but the first one, imo, would be better taken from a lower angle.

Nice pad too. Is that your weekend retreat? 

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What was the deciding factor between this lens and the Pan 7-14? Size, cost, no filter, all of the above? Thanks in advance for your response.

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mfj197
mfj197 Contributing Member • Posts: 525
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Ah, Wisley. Although how did you find it so quiet? I had the 7-14 but sold it, primarily due to its size and weight. I do keep wondering about the 9-18 though.

G1Shooter Contributing Member • Posts: 684
Re: Which 9-18mm?

The 4/3 or the mirco 4/3?

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OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: First photos with 9-18mm
Question is if the additional bulk of a lens like the 7-14mm (which is not absolutely large per se but in comparison to the dwarfish 9-18mm) and its greater price would be worth the candle.

You're right about the size, the 9-18 is tiny, fits in my pocket

OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
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What was the deciding factor between this lens and the Pan 7-14? Size, cost, no filter, all of the above? Thanks in advance for your response.

Cost primarily, though in retrospect, size was also a consideration. I have a very small camera bag and all of my lenses are small. Though thinking about it, even if I did pick up the 7-14mm instead, I'd probably want an even wider lens.

My main consideration however was the purple fringing effect some people would get with the 7-14mm. I used most of my photos jpeg OOC, so less work on my part...

OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
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mfj197 wrote:

Ah, Wisley. Although how did you find it so quiet? I had the 7-14 but sold it, primarily due to its size and weight. I do keep wondering about the 9-18 though.

The shot of the main house was taken around 5:30 we were late leaving

As I've not have the 7-14 I can't compare, but I would say that the 9-18 is great. I kept moving between 14mm and 9mm just to see the difference between what I would have had on the Panasonic 14mm and what I'm getting with the Olympus 9-18mm - it felt good

OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: Which 9-18mm?

G1Shooter wrote:

The 4/3 or the mirco 4/3?

Micro.

OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
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FrankParis wrote:

Really nice photos, but I would have appreciated EXIF.

Thanks - it's a snag with FB hosting. The one's I'll add on Flickr later should show the EXIF

OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: The wider you go the more difficult it becomes...

Paul De Bra wrote:

On Canon I had the 10-22 lens, which is a bit wider than the 9-18 on m43.

The 9-18 is still pretty wide and certainly wide enough to make it tricky to take shots without undesired perspective distortion. I got it just over a week ago, in time for a short trip to Innsbruck (Austria).

Some great shots. Actually I don't mind the distortion so much, I find it simply adds to viewing experience.

I really like the example below though, it really does give a new context to how a scene can be captured - and this was one of the reasons why I opted for the 9-18mm instead of the 12mm. Even though the latter could have more uses in lower light, that little extra at 9mm I think makes the difference.

Here is another shot at 9mm. The people in the center look far away but in reality they were not.

The shot below is pretty similar but taken at 12mm and suddenly the people in the center look closer than in the 9mm shot.

G1Shooter Contributing Member • Posts: 684
Re: Which 9-18mm?

farrukh wrote:

G1Shooter wrote:

The 4/3 or the mirco 4/3?

Micro.

Yes, thank you. With the additional comments you posted 4 hours ago that finally became clear.

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FredB Contributing Member • Posts: 828
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I have such a hard time deciding between the 7-14 and the 9-18, primarily because you can easily find a used copy of the 7-14 for around 850$, but finding a used copy of the 9-18 is darn near impossible for much less than its standard price of 699$ and that is very little difference in the long term in price.

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G1Shooter Contributing Member • Posts: 684
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FredB wrote:

.............., but finding a used copy of the 9-18 is darn near impossible for much less than its standard price of 699$............

Yes, but that fact is telling you something.

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dadaoftwo Regular Member • Posts: 227
Re: First photos with 9-18mm

DaveLemi wrote:

What was the deciding factor between this lens and the Pan 7-14? Size, cost, no filter, all of the above? Thanks in advance for your response.

I chose the 9-18 over the 7-14 because I have an OMD and read about the horrible purple blotching this combination creates. I intend to use the wa lens for night scenery, purple blotches will kill that idea quick! Also, no filters on the 7-14...

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OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: First photos with 9-18mm

FredB wrote:

I have such a hard time deciding between the 7-14 and the 9-18, primarily because you can easily find a used copy of the 7-14 for around 850$, but finding a used copy of the 9-18 is darn near impossible for much less than its standard price of 699$ and that is very little difference in the long term in price.

One of the biggest deciders for me was the last of purple glare - so I could use OOC jpegs much easier. Though still between 9 and 7mm there is a huge jump...

OP farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: First photos with 9-18mm
I chose the 9-18 over the 7-14 because I have an OMD and read about the horrible purple blotching this combination creates. I intend to use the wa lens for night scenery, purple blotches will kill that idea quick! Also, no filters on the 7-14...

+1!

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