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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Just used my 8-18 on the Milky Way. Pleased with the sharpness and lack of coma.


Aug 21, 2017 at 02:15 PM
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Since I sold my Oly 7-14 I don't know what to replace it with. I was tempted earlier by the Panny 8-18 but it isn't quite wide enough. Wondering if I should just get the Laowa 7.5/2 to replace my 7-14/2.8.


Aug 21, 2017 at 03:59 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I am trying this lens along with GH5 (out of curiosity). So far I am really liking the lens very much. Itís not as tiny as Oly 9-18 but build and Lens quality is awesome (for me)

On the other note I am really liking GH5 ergonomics much more than than EM1.2. After using Pany for while EM1.2 really feels cramped layout.



Aug 22, 2017 at 06:28 PM
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bobbytan wrote:
Since I sold my Oly 7-14 I don't know what to replace it with. I was tempted earlier by the Panny 8-18 but it isn't quite wide enough. Wondering if I should just get the Laowa 7.5/2 to replace my 7-14/2.8.


Panasonic would have made the decision so much easier if they had made it a 6-12/2.8-4 lens. Of course, I don't even know if such a lens is possible, but this is a gear forum and we are never supposed to be satisfied, right?



Aug 22, 2017 at 07:51 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I would have been real happy with a 6-12mm lens like the Sony, Sigma and Canon equivalent ... and it would have been the perfect compliment to the 12-40 and 40-150. I am still hoping that one of them would do it. Olympus is about to announce another zoom lens ... so who knows - maybe Olympus will bring out a 5-11mm lens!

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-olympus-will-soon-announce-four-new-lenses-three-primes-one-zoom/

mitesh wrote:
Panasonic would have made the decision so much easier if they had made it a 6-12/2.8-4 lens. Of course, I don't even know if such a lens is possible, but this is a gear forum and we are never supposed to be satisfied, right?




Aug 23, 2017 at 02:34 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Well, if I'm gonna dream about a new Olympus zoom lens, then I'm gonna dream about a 200-400/4

bobbytan wrote:
I would have been real happy with a 6-12mm lens like the Sony, Sigma and Canon equivalent ... and it would have been the perfect compliment to the 12-40 and 40-150. I am still hoping that one of them would do it. Olympus is about to announce another zoom lens ... so who knows - maybe Olympus will bring out a 5-11mm lens!

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-olympus-will-soon-announce-four-new-lenses-three-primes-one-zoom/





Aug 23, 2017 at 04:58 PM
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I think there's a better chance of Olympus coming out with a long zoom than an ultra-wide-angle zoom. I would be happy with either - as long as it's an "extreme" zoom lens.

mitesh wrote:
Well, if I'm gonna dream about a new Olympus zoom lens, then I'm gonna dream about a 200-400/4






Aug 23, 2017 at 06:33 PM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Robin Wong's review of the PL 8-18mm lens:

https://blog.mingthein.com/2017/06/13/review-panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-8-18mm-f2-8-4-0-asph/



Sep 01, 2017 at 08:38 PM
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p.3 #9 · p.3 #9 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


bobbytan wrote:
Robin Wong's review of the PL 8-18mm lens:

https://blog.mingthein.com/2017/06/13/review-panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-8-18mm-f2-8-4-0-asph/


He seemed very happy with it and great photos as always from Robin.

I'm thinking about an ultra wide as well, rented the Oly 7-14 PRO a few months back but didn't buy it. It might actually have been a bit too wide for me (silly thing, I would of course make it work and learn it). The other thing that put me off is the fact that I would have to invest another 500-1000 USD in a filter system for it.

The 8-18 may lose 1mm in the wide end and a stop of light in the long end but it takes 67mm filters and is much easier and cheaper to get hold of decent filters for it. It may very well be worth an extra millimeter of wide angle for me.

Btw, another review at Cameralabs and Gordon Laing, I usually find his reviews informative and without any real bias towards any system.

https://www.cameralabs.com/leica-dg-8-18mm-f2-8-4-review/






Sep 04, 2017 at 04:03 PM
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p.3 #10 · p.3 #10 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Took mine out for the first time today and was very pleased with the results.
There was no clear sun, so I know I will be disappointed with the flare performance, but beyond that it appears to be excellent.




  DMC-G85    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0 lens    17mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  







Some B&W

  DMC-G85    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0 lens    8mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


On the sail boat image, the sky on the whole left side is darker than the right side. What's up with that? In the Camera Labs review, if you scroll down to the vignetting tests you will see a darkening of the whole right side. I am thinking of getting this lens but this darkening of one side of the frame bothers me.

jhinkey wrote:
Took mine out for the first time today and was very pleased with the results.
There was no clear sun, so I know I will be disappointed with the flare performance, but beyond that it appears to be excellent.




Sep 05, 2017 at 03:30 AM
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bobbytan wrote:
On the sail boat image, the sky on the whole left side is darker than the right side. What's up with that? In the Camera Labs review, if you scroll down to the vignetting tests you will see a darkening of the whole right side. I am thinking of getting this lens but this darkening of one side of the frame bothers me.



I did not notice this on other images. The sky was very uneven in brightness.



Sep 05, 2017 at 03:43 AM
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p.3 #13 · p.3 #13 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


I am impressed with the sharpness of this lens - it's up there with my 75/1.8 (not quite as good, but in the ballpark).

Now if my G85 just had a true base ISO of 100 I'd be all set.

I'm mostly a prime shooter, so this 8-18mm thing is a bit strange for me, but I like the lens' versatility in situations like today when there just wasn't much opportunity to swap out lenses as I was driving the boat most of the time.



Sep 05, 2017 at 03:47 AM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


It's a fun lens. I swapped my 7-14mm Oly for this.






















Sep 05, 2017 at 10:55 PM
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p.3 #15 · p.3 #15 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


Nice!!

Thanks for posting and please post more

Makes me want it even more now!

Bobby, my guess it's the sky that's uneven or the sun shining through a cloud layer? Doesn't look like a lens defect, it would have been too obvious to miss in many other shots as well.



Sep 06, 2017 at 04:57 AM
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As much as I was really tempted to get the really cute Laowa 7.5/2 lens, I ended up with the PL 8-18 - partly because I got a 13.5% discount from Greentoe.com. Pleasantly surprised by the weight compared to the Olympus 7-14 (315g vs 534g or 41% lighter) in spite of the fact that the barrel is all metal and it's weather-sealed. It's a very nice looking lens too and I like that it's an internal focussing/zooming lens so it does not extend. Just ordered a Breakthrough Photography CPL which is currently one of the best (most neutral) CPLs on the market. Doing some tests now to make sure that there is no problem with decentering.


Sep 28, 2017 at 07:54 PM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


bobbytan wrote:
As much as I was really tempted to get the really cute Laowa 7.5/2 lens, I ended up with the PL 8-18 - partly because I got a 13.5% discount from Greentoe.com. Pleasantly surprised by the weight compared to the Olympus 7-14 (315g vs 534g or 41% lighter) in spite of the fact that the barrel is all metal and it's weather-sealed. It's a very nice looking lens too and I like that it's an internal focussing/zooming lens so it does not extend. Just ordered a Breakthrough Photography CPL which is currently one of the best (most neutral) CPLs on
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Sweet!

I had a chance to handle it and quickly test it in store a week ago and I too was very surprised at the weight and size of it. It's really minimal compared to the Oly 7-14.
Didn't get a chance to see the picture quality but I am looking forward to seeing some shots from you.




Sep 29, 2017 at 04:38 AM
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Wilbus wrote:
Sweet!

I had a chance to handle it and quickly test it in store a week ago and I too was very surprised at the weight and size of it. It's really minimal compared to the Oly 7-14.
Didn't get a chance to see the picture quality but I am looking forward to seeing some shots from you.



Here you go. You need to put on your sunglasses for this one.





  E-M1MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0 lens    10mm    f/4.0    1/25s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Sep 29, 2017 at 03:18 PM
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p.3 #19 · p.3 #19 · Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 for Pre-order


What tha?!

Grafitti?



Sep 29, 2017 at 05:39 PM
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Wilbus wrote:
What tha?!

Grafitti?


No. It's the artwork for a vinyl album cover - a double LP - Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares:



Here's a shot of the final version of the album cover, printed with glow-in-the-dark inks, and flocked.

Some recent reviews of this lens:

https://unlockingolympus.com/2017/08/panasonic-leica-8-18mm-review-wide-angle-zoom-done-right/
https://www.cameralabs.com/leica-dg-8-18mm-f2-8-4-review/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=N-x0sc2c9Fk





  E-M1MarkII    LEICA DG 8-18/F2.8-4.0 lens    12mm    f/5.6    1/60s    200 ISO    +0.3 EV  




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