|9-19mm lens fitted to E-PM2 in retracted position|
|9-18mm lens in ready to shoot position|
|This lens certainly give you different views|
The lens is very small and light. However, the length doubles when it is extended from its’ travel position to the shooting position. Considering the cost of the lens, Olympus still does not supply a lens hood. I was told by the marketing manager of Olympus UK, Mark Thackara, Olympus users do not use the lens hood, so they are not supplied. Of course, I disagree and use a hood as much as possible. I shoot with studio lights a lot and finds lens hood helps a lot with preventing flares.
How well does it perform? From my experience of shooting with it for just over a month, I find it sharp enough, but not as sharp as my regular lens, the Panasonic 20mm F1.7. Focus speed is fast and silent. As a wide angle lens, I use it mainly to create unusual shooting angle and view points. For that it work very well and distortion does not look too bad either.
|Looks far away even though I was next to him|