The M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 (35mm equivalent 18-36mm) lensis designed to maximize the performance advantages of the Micro FourThirds System, and it's significantly lighter and more compact--easilyfitting in a jacket pocket. The new lens, made with ED(extra-low dispersion) glass for superior image quality, complementsthe design of the PEN cameras, including the powerfully simple E-PL1,making it the all-in-one package for consumers with any skill level,including those who are new to photography.
The Micro FourThirds System standard meets the telecentric requirements of dedicateddigital design. Light rays strike the imaging element nearly head-onfor optimum edge-to-edge image reproduction. It also enables much morecompact design than the Four Thirds System standard (or otherinterchangeable lens systems) because it reduces the outer diameter ofthe lens mount by 6mm, and the distance from the lens mount to thesensor (the flange back distance) by approximately half. As a result,M. Zuiko Digital Micro Four Thirds System lenses offer uncompromisingprofessional quality for capturing both still-images andHigh-Definition (HD) videos, and the lenses are exceptionally compactto make capturing your life more fun.
The super wide-angleM. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 zoom lens (35mm equivalent 18-36mm)offers a 100 percent angle of view, and overturns the rule that superwide-angle zooms have to be big and heavy. With a length of just 49mmand a weight of just 155g, it is less than half the size and 60 percentof the weight of the ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6. With its wideangle of view, including background scenery in group photos is a snap,and it can be used to create unique images with a sense of dramaticallyexaggerated perspective.
By maximizing the advantages of theMicro Four Thirds System design, compact size, low weight and amazingimage quality, the new lens significantly expand the photographicpotential of the system. The inner focusing mechanism uses a light,compact, single-element unit to enable exceptionally fast, quietautofocusing for smooth, superior operating ease during still and videocapture. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer aresponsive feel and precise operation, enabling you an affordable,high-quality means to capture your life in stills or HD videos.
The 9-18mm lens also offers quieter and more responsive AF performance,and provide professional image quality for capturing amazing stillimages and videos. It is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds SystemOlympus PEN cameras, and all other current and future cameras thatcomply with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. When mounted on anOlympus PEN camera, the lens is stabilized thanks to the camera'sin-body Image Stabilization system and offer effective shakecompensation at all focal lengths.