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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I don't think this was a surprise announcement, but the lens is available for pre-order at all the usual places for $1098. Seems like it fits between the Olympus 9-18 and 7-14 Pro options pretty well.

Not sure if I'm in at that price, still hoping for a smaller fast UWA prime.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1328548-REG/panasonic_h_e08018_leica_dg_vario_8_18mm.html



Apr 21, 2017 at 03:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I have the 7-14 Panasonic; this one is almost as large, if a lot lighter, than the Olympus and a fair bit of money. I think I'll have a look at the Laowa 7.5/2 that will be available for pre-order on Monday.

Also, if Panasonic gets that 50-200 f/2.8-4 out, and it works well at 200mm, I'll save up for that.



Apr 21, 2017 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


More interested in an excellently-performing 50-200/2.8-4 than a wide zoom.
Even better I'd be interested in an excellent wide open 150/2 in m43 mount.



Apr 24, 2017 at 01:49 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I'm more interested in the 50-200 as well, depending on where the price comes in. Love the range of my 45-200, IQ is only okay, but it was cheap.

Panasonic forgot to ask me which lens to release first, I'm sure it was an honest mistake



Apr 24, 2017 at 01:58 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


If recent pricing for M43 continues, I may just ship to save money in a few years, by moving to Leica.

The recent motto seems to be "if we over-price it - they will come-over".

Saw this happen with Nikon and got out with a bit of a profit on many lenses. The M43 was such a refreshing value, I remember my first Pani G1 cost me $595 and $700 with the kit lens. It was not nearly to todays standards of performance, but I had a lot of fun with it and have a lot of photos that are important memories.
As few upgrades over the years have been really nice, while most didn't really add value to my photos.

I do hate to be negative. I got in right at the beginning with Four-thirds and then jumped on M43 as soon as it came out, but these price levels make me feel pretty close to sucker-bait.



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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


What's nice is there are a lot of options/choices. You do not have to go with the fast f1.2 or pro-grade weather-sealed lenses. The mid-grade and variable-speed lenses are less expensive and they are still pretty good.

Pavel wrote:
If recent pricing for M43 continues, I may just ship to save money in a few years, by moving to Leica.

The recent motto seems to be "if we over-price it - they will come-over".

Saw this happen with Nikon and got out with a bit of a profit on many lenses. The M43 was such a refreshing value, I remember my first Pani G1 cost me $595 and $700 with the kit lens. It was not nearly to todays standards of performance, but I had a lot of fun with it and have a lot of photos that are important
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May 13, 2017 at 12:34 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Yes, choice is always a good thing. I looked into it and if one simply looks at the numbers this new lens is very close to the older 7-14 in size. That seemed impressive until I noticed that the 7-14's dimensions include the lens hood, while the Pani does not. That then in fact results in a fairly large difference in size. The weight of the Pani is very good, and very close however, a nice light lens. But for my money I'd go for the 7-14 and save a lot of bucks and size, or on the other hand go all out and get a constant 2.8 for a bit more size and weight. Pani will have it's work cut out to carve a good reason for purchase.

I guess the final value proposition of course can't be known until we see how well the lens performs across it's whole zoom range. For the price, it better be one of the best lenses ever made, and brew coffee every morning as well.



May 13, 2017 at 01:32 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I own the 7-14 PRO, but have pre-ordered the PL 8-18, and plan to sell the 7-14 PRO for a few reasons:

1. Size/Weight - While not a large or heavy lens by any sense of the imagination (despite what the internet may tell you), the PL 8-18 does weigh some 200g less than the 7-14 PRO, and is smaller as well. This is helpful when packing lenses for multi-day trips (or international trips), where saving weight is a big help.

2. Filters - The lens takes screw-in filters rather than needing an adapter & slot-in filters like the 7-14 PRO. This is one of the biggest reasons I'm looking to switch, as the Haida filter system I have for my 7-14 PRO takes up a good amount of space in my bag, in addition to adding weight. By replacing my 3/6/10 stop slot-in filters with screw-in filters, I can save a bunch of space in my bag, while helping save some weight as well.

3. Aperture - While not a reason for switching, the vast majority of my work with the 7-14 is done on a tripod at f/5.6-11, so having the variable max aperture really isn't a concern. Also, the 7-14 PRO suffers from some fairly severe field curvature, so even distant focused shots can be soft on the sides/corners.

I'm really looking forward to receiving the PL 8-18, and replacing my 7-14 PRO with it. The space and weight saved in my bag will be a welcomed change.



May 15, 2017 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Happy with the 7-14mm so will be sticking with that


May 15, 2017 at 06:51 PM







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