Recently, I went on a photowalk with a friend. We went to Frankfurt, the European capital of finance, to do some street and architectural shooting. After roaming the busy streets of Frankfurt’s city center, around 7 pm, my friend suggested we head to the banks of the river Main to get a better look at the skyline. Once we arrived, he set up his tripod, mounted his Nikon D800 equipped with the 14-24mm f2.8 on it, and laid down on the grass. When I asked him what he was up to, he said, “Now we wait for the blue hour to arrive.”
Yes. I know. We’re late with this review. But as a matter of fact, we never managed to procure a review unit when the lens first was released. So when I recently decided to add it to my Micro Four Thirds setup, the opportunity to review it finally arose. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 (this being its full, official designation) was first presented at photokina 2010, and hit markets shortly thereafter. It’s a compact wide-angle solution for the budget-conscious Micro Four Thirds shooter, and compared to its main competitor, the Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f4, it’s all smaller, lighter and more affordable, albeit lacking both the extreme 7mm wide-angle as well as the constant aperture. But how does Olympus’ take on the super wide-angle zoom lens fare in actual use? Read our review to find out.
The holiday season is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about the right gear for your holiday pictures. If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, you’re in a lucky position, as we have seen a whole slew of new lenses for the system in this year — in addition to the great lenses we already had. So no matter whether you’re on the search for a lens to use yourself, or for one to give away to someone for Christmas — this guide will help you pick one (or two, or more) from the vastness of glass that is available for the system by now.