2483 – Wide Boy III

I’ve hinted at possible new lenses yesterday, and here it is, my latest acquisition, one more ultra-wide lens, this time the super light-weight, collapsible Olympus 9-18.


Ugly, huh? In the first picture you see it together with the 17/1.8. It’s slightly bigger, but not much, it comes with a lens hood (!!!) and with hood and lens caps it weighs 183 g, that’s about 50 g less than the Panaleica 25/1.4. Guess which lens must go 😀

In fact the Panaleica is already up for sale, and I think that by the time you read this, it will be gone for about the price that I paid for the 9-18.

Why an ultra-wide at all? Well, there are certain situations, in churches for instance, when 12 mm (equivalent to 24 mm on “full frame”) is simply not wide enough. I won’t use it all the time, but my experience with such lenses shows, that I use them often enough to justify carrying them around, especially when they are so small and light.

The Song of the Day is “Wide Boy” from the 1982 Flying Pickets album “Lost Boys”. Hear it on YouTube.