Until now, super-wide-angle lenses tended to be big, heavy, and expensive, making it difficult for most camera users to take advantage of them. The ZUIKO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 promise to change all of this. Available in both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds, this DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens offers a compact and lightweight design that makes super-wide-angle photography friendlier at an affordable price. Due to their compact size, light weight and focusing range of 9-18mm (Equivalent to 18-36mm on a 35mm camera) these are the ideal ultra wide zooms for every day use.
Shooting Guide: Horizontal Landscape
E-P1, Program Mode, 1/320 sec., f9.0, -1.0 EV, focal length 18mm (Equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera)
Why this Lens?
This super-wide-angle lens enables you to shoot various perspectives of a landscape shot and is perfect for capturing panoramic images.
- Your photography can take on a new perspective depending on how you use the wide lens. If you take an upward shot of branches from under a tree, a wide-angle lens will make the image look as if it is being stretched at the edges.
- To create a more dynamic image, shoot your target beyond the frame of the camera. Take one step backward, forward or to the side and see how the images look in a new perspective.
- To make trees look balanced in wide-angle landscape shots, you need to level the frame. This is sometimes difficult for beginners to do; in this case the “Digital Leveler” function was used.
Shooting Guide: Dramatic Wide-Angle Shot
E-P1, Aperture Priority Mode, 10 seconds, f-11, focal length 10mm (Equivalent to 20mm on a 35mm camera), and a tripod used to stabilize the camera.
Why this Lens?
The 9-18mm lens is suitable for shooting a series of subjects in a row. Both portable and light weight, this lens is convenient to bring along when traveling.
- When using a wide lens, backgrounds look farther away than normal. To highlight this unique feature of the lens, it is recommended that you fill the foreground of the frame with a visually interesting element. If done properly your focal point, or core subject, will stand out even if many subjects are added to the frame.
- The picture above was taken by positioning the camera high on a tripod and close to the warehouse. The camera was angled so that the road ran across the foreground of the lens which resulted in the elongated effect of the road.
- Wide-angle lenses cover a larger range of the subject, so careful framing is the key to create a great picture that doesn’t appear cluttered. Make sure you move forward or backward, or adjust the zoom length before you fix the composition of your shot.
Shooting Guide: Creative Angle Shot
E-P1, Program Mode, 1/320 sec., f8.0, ISO 200, focal length 18mm (Equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
The DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses allow for high-quality reproduction of images without worrying about having to compensate for any aberrations that may be created from common situations such as backlighting. The outstanding portability aspect of this wide lens gives you flexibility for taking more wide-angle shots, faster.
- The ultra-wide lens emphasizes the perspective of a shot which means the shooting angle of your lens makes a significant difference in your pictures. Your shots will be most effective when you shoot the higher subject from a lower position or the lower subject from a higher position.
- Shooting a flat scene, such as the sky without any clouds, might make images less dynamic. Add some objects within the frame and your pictures will become more dramatic. For example, the trees captured at the right of the main subject in the photo above, add dimension and color.