Zuiko Digital 9-18 sample image comparisons

Sample images to download and compare Four Thirds super wide angle lenses

What is a super wide angle lens? My personal definition is one that can go wider than a traditional 28mm (14mm on Four Thirds) wide angle lens. For that reason, I've included the Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD, though the samples here only cover 14mm or shorter.

Clockwise from left, 7-14, 11-22, 12-60, 9-18 Zuiko Digital EDs

We've in addition to the 12-60, we've included samples from the near-legendary Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4 ED, the classic Zuiko Digital 11-22 f/2.8-3.5 ED, and the brand new. more affordable, 9-18mm f4-5.6 ED. Ideally, I'd like to have included the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM, especially as it is very competitively priced compared to the 9-18 and 11-22 and slots neatly between the two. But that will have to wait for another time.

Download links are on page 2 of this article, but first, here are some comparisons of the fields of view from 7mm all the way through to 14mm. It's remarkable what the difference between a millimetre or two of focal length can mean in terms of coverage:

7mm view

7mm view (14mm equivalent)


9mm view

9mm view (18mm equivalent)


11mm view

11mm view (22mm equivalent)


12mm view

12mm view (24mm equivalent)


14mm view

14mm vew (28mm equivalent)

And below is a table to show the relative maximum apertures throughout the focal length range, up to 14mm:

Lens/focal length 7mm 9mm 11mm 12mm 14mm
Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4 ED 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Zuiko Digital 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED - 4.0 4.2 4.4 4.8
Zuiko Digital 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 ED - - 2.8 2.9 3.0
Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD - - - 2.8 2.9

Maximum apertures at different wide angle focal lengths

Now go to page two for access to the the 30 original camera image download links.

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