M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 sample images and comparisons

Lots of M.Zuiko 9-18 comparison samples for you to explore


In response to a reader request I have produced a set of 56 original sample images (JPEG and RAW) to compare the image quality of the new M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds 9-18mm super wide zoom with the original Four Thirds 9-18 as well as the 14-42 kit lens and 17mm pancake.

All the samples were shot using an Olympus Pen E-PL1. You can tell which 9-18 lens is which because the Micro Four Thirds version is called an M.Zuiko, while the Four Thirds version is called a Zuiko Digital and the MMF1 adapter is required.

I have provided bothe JPEG and RAW samples so you can compare the effects of any in-camera processing that may have been applied to the JPEG versions.

The JPEG samples were taken at the same time as the RAW ones and in Super Large Fine mode, with noise filtering switched off, and normal gradation mode.

Naturally, I welcome your feedback - please post your comments on the forum (see the link at the bottom of this page).

To view or download the full size original camera JPEG image, click on its associated thumbnail from the gallery view below, and the RAW file can be downloaded from the link also provided:

Image 1: Taken with the M.Zuiko 14-42mm standard kit zoom. I had to use f/3.9 instead of f/3.5 because the ambient brightness would have required a shutter speed faster than the 1/2000th maximum on the E-PL1 camera used for these shots.