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Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens

We thought the original Four Thirds 9-18mm was small, but look at this!

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That's the original Four Thirds 9-18 on the left and the new Micro Four Thirds one next to it.

At a press event in London to introduce the new Olympus Pen E-PL1 to UK journalists, we found a tiny pre-production Olympus m.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ultra wide zoom lens and hastily set-up a make-shift product studio to bring you these first independent pictures of the new lens.

As you can see, it's really small; narrower than the 14-42 kit lens, and only slightly longer. It's dwarfed by the Four Thirds version, itself regarded as a very compact lens for its specification. What isn't initially clear is that, like the 14-42, this is another 'collapsing' lens design from Olympus; it must be extended before it can be used. Unlike the kit lens, the front of the lens is non-rotating and it's designed to take a petal-style bayonet-fit lens hood, though my information is that it won't be supplied with the lens as standard.

I'm also told that the autofocus motor has been much improved over the units driving the 14-42 and 17mm pancake m.Zuiko lenses from Olympus, being faster and quieter.

The Olympus m.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 will ship quite soon - at the beginning of April, while the other new Micro Four Thirds lens in the pipeline from Olympus, the 14-150mm superzoom, is expected in June.

Have a closer look at the Olympus m.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 in our captioned product picture gallery.

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Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens

Four Thirds User editorial team Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
We've had a close look at a pre-production sample of the Olympus m.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ultra wide z... (more)

Ians Tata Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
While I'm not in the market for anything Micro- FourThirds, I find this impressive. Jeff... (more)

bilzmale Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
It will be on my wish list. Ordered a Panny 45-200 for my MFT kit last night.... (more)

AdrianF Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
It will be interesting to see how this performs against the regular 9-18mm. As it is the E-pL1, with... (more)

Joergen Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
Can't help wonder how fragile such lenses get, in the efford to build small and with collapsing desi... (more)

John Perriment Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
It really makes the standard 9-18mm, itself a remarkably compact lens, look huge! It'll be interesti... (more)

Ian Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
The new 9-18 feels, if anything, more solid than the 14-42. It's a smaller volume when collapsed,... (more)

Idle_Bull Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
Not sure about m4/3rds lenses, but I think even the cheapest Oly 4/3rds kit lenses are well built... (more)

hschnee Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
A very nice-looking little lens! Too bad I can't find a need for myself for an MFT camera and ultraw... (more)

Ian Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
Focusing is internal, but there is a small degree of additional extension through the zoom range.... (more)

Martin P Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
Hopefully the build quality is better than that of the M Zuiko 14-42mm lens. The retractable tubes a... (more)

Ian Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
I can assure you the build quality is indeed much better - there is much more metal, and the exte... (more)

Martin P Re: Exclusive look at Olympus Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom lens
Hi Ian, If what you say is the case and image quality is top, I'm interested in buying this lens.... (more)