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Old Apr 15, 2014, 8:10 AM   #1
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Default new (to me) 9-18!! passes the "sniff test"

Well my new to me used FT Zuiko 9-18mm arrived yesterday in nice condition with the Hoya pro UV filter still fitted and the whole thing packed back up into it's original packing.

I took it out back to shoot the yard just to see what the focal length was like and Sandy decided to give it the sniff test. I actually post processed this on my android tablet from JPG using photoshop express (free) and was pretty happy with the result. I used a filter which gives it a pronounced vignette effect. Focus probably started on her nose but she literally was coming in to get a sniff. No doubt the prior owner had some animals by the interest she gave it.

sniff test by ramcewan, on Flickr

More to come I'm sure from this lens. Would appreciate tips and expeirences from those who already own this lens.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 8:27 AM   #2
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Sweet! Congrats.

Will you be putting your 14 on the market?
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 9:53 AM   #3
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HA! Excellent.

I've ordered a Lee Seven5 filter setup (3 soft-edged graduated ND filters of 1, 2 and 3 stop powers) for landscape work and hope to have it all in-hand before leaving on a couple of upcoming trips. The only currently in-stock ring virtually anywhere was the 52mm for the (Micro version) 9-18. Crossing my fingers to get the 62mm ring for the 12-40 or I'll be using the filter kit with just the 9-18 to start.
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...manual mode, any focal length, any stop, @ any shutter speed

That about covers usage for it and is how I use the lens, it's a 'humdinger'.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 10:21 AM   #5
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Sweet! Congrats.

Will you be putting your 14 on the market?
I don't have any plans to, I do now have two excellent zooms covering the focal length but they're not going for much these days used and it is a fun small lens, makes the E-PL2 pocket-able in fact. Hard to justify getting rid of, especially considering how many of my favorite shots have come from it. Maybe in a few months I'll think differently. If anything was going to go on the auction block it would probably be the 45mm f1.8, as much as I love it, I just don't use it that much.

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HA! Excellent.

I've ordered a Lee Seven5 filter setup (3 soft-edged graduated ND filters of 1, 2 and 3 stop powers) for landscape work and hope to have it all in-hand before leaving on a couple of upcoming trips. The only currently in-stock ring virtually anywhere was the 52mm for the (Micro version) 9-18. Crossing my fingers to get the 62mm ring for the 12-40 or I'll be using the filter kit with just the 9-18 to start.
Thanks Greg! I think a ND filter is probably something I'll be looking to get.

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...manual mode, any focal length, any stop, @ any shutter speed

That about covers usage for it and is how I use the lens, it's a 'humdinger'.
Thanks Bob, I'll remember that
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Very cool! looking forward to more. It does crack me up how perfectly in focus Sandy's eye is considering her forward movement. Couldn't have planed it any better.
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Very cool! looking forward to more. It does crack me up how perfectly in focus Sandy's eye is considering her forward movement. Couldn't have planed it any better.
yeah I couldn't help but love it, I also like that you can just see her feet at the bottom of the frame. Closeups with a superwide is always a fun perspective, especially when it gets you down on their level.
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Now thats a fab way to check out a lens!
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Now thats a fab way to check out a lens!
thanks HarjTT!
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That is an interesting lens for sure. May get one some day.
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