Panasonic-Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Asph

The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. is a new wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Equivalent to a 16-36mm lens in a 35mm system, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. covers a variety of photographic genres and shooting situations, from interiors and landscapes to environmental portraiture and street photography. The non-rotating 67mm filter thread allows users to mount a variety of creative filters such as polarisers and ND grads. Comprising 15 elements in 10 groups, the lens system features an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, three aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The use of these lenses effectively suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from centre to corners. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH.

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From Ephotozine : Verdict

“The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Asph. is a pleasure to use, but the greatest pleasure is arguably in the outstanding sharpness, giving a real punch to images. The pleasure extends to enjoying fine engineering as well, because there is the high quality of the construction and finish to enjoy for its own sake.

In summary, a lens that lives up to its Leica tag and should serve very well for many years of use”!

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Asph Pros

  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Low distortion
  • Low CA
  • Fast and silent AF
  • High contrast for punchy results
  • Dust and splash proof

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Asph Cons

  • Can be susceptible to flare
  • Fairly expensive

April 2015

Panasonic Lumix GX800

Panasonic GX800 : Small, compromised but it has its place

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From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine

“With the Lumix GX800 Panasonic has taken the main imaging components of its higher-end models from last year and squeezed them into a really compact pocketable form.

The result is one of the smallest interchangeable-lens models we;ve seen recently, and with the 12-32mm pancake zoom it’ll happily slip into a large pocket or a small bag.

The Four Thirds sensoir gives very decent image quality too, just as long as you keep an eye on exposure and white balance.

For those interested in video, its thye smallest interchangeable -lens camera that can record 4K at a decent frame rate of 30fps.

Its an interesting alternative for anyone considering an enthusiast compact especially for existing Micro Four Third users who already own some lenses”.

April 2017

Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8: As Good as it gets

Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 Prime

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This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) magazine has a real world testing and lab testing of thee new Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 designed for use on Sony’s full frame E-mount Alpha models like the Alpha 7-II & 7R -II.

135mm is ideal for head and shoulder portrait shots as well as representing a useful mid range focal length for general photography or maybe even concert and wedding photography.

Although the new Batis lens isn’t as “fast” as Sigma’s 135mm f1.8 DG Art lens and is very expensive (ie around £1750 mark) it has a very complex optical formula which promises much.

And reading AP’s review this new lens ceretainly delivers, to quote:

“your luck is in because the Batis 135mm isn’t just good, its astonishing. Indeed in almost a decade of reviewing lenses I’ve seen few that come anywhere this close to perfection”

No wonder AP awarded the lens a “Gold” 5 Star award

Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Review Image

April 2017

 

New wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic -Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4 wide zoom announced

Panasonic has announced its new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4 ASPH Micro Four Thirds lens. It’s one of a series of F2.8-4 lenses that the company teased when it released the Leica 12-60mm with a 50-200mm being next in line.

The 8-18mm focal range is equivalent to 16-36mm when mounted on Micro Four Thirds bodies.

The lens has 15 elements, which include ED and UHR glass and four aspherics (one of which is made from ED glass). The lens also has a Nano Surface coating to reduce flare and ghosting. It’s also designed to work with high-speed contrast-detect autofocus systems like those found on modern Panasonic cameras, and its internal STM motor keeps focusing quiet and smooth. Panasonic claims that its optical design reduces ‘image shift’ and improves tracking performance while zooming.

The 8-18mm F2.8-4 is fully weather-sealed and freezeproof to -10C/+14F.

April 2017

New FE Lens Announced

Along with the new full frame a9, Sony introduced a new G Master lens, the FE 100-400 F4.5-5.6 GM OSS. It features a double linear motor and Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor for precise and quiet operation for still and video shooting. Sony also claims that it has ‘edge to edge’ sharpness. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 98cm/3.2 feet and weighs in at a ‘lightweight’ 1.4kg/49 oz.

April 2017