The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH is a new high-end ultra-wide angle zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system (M43) of interchangeable lens cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. Offering a useful and versatile effective focal range of 16-36mm in 35mm terms, the new Panasonic 8-18mm lens also boasts fast and silent auto-focusing and weather sealing.
So how does the new lens perform?
Well Online review site Photography Blog UK conducted a full review and concluded:
“The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-16mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH ultra-wide-angle zoom offers a classic focal range of 16-36mm in a small and lightweight package, backed-up by outstanding image quality throughout the focal range and impressively fast and silent autofocusing. It’s just a little soft wide-open at 18mm, where it’s best used stopped down for the best results, there’s some predictable barrel distortion at 8mm, and it is susceptible to flare when shooting directly into the sun, but otherwise it delivers fantastic sharpness at all focal lengths, even at the edges of the frame.
This lens is small and lightweight considering the zoom range on offer. It’s also very fast to focus and silent too, making it well-suited to candid stills and particularly video work, making it a perfect partner for the G80 camera that we tested it with. Build quality is very good, perhaps to be expected given the premium price-tag, and the fact that this lens is weatherproof is the icing on an already rich cake”.