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Panasonic Announces 8–18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, April 19, 2017 @ 06:00 AM (EST)
Source: DPReview

Panasonic has announced a new wide-angle zoom lens with a focal length range of 16–36mm (35mm camera equivalent)—with a maximum field of view of 107 degrees that will be useful for shooting big animals and reefscapes. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8–18mm f/2.8–4 ASPH is the second in a trio of premium lenses for the Micro Four Thirds format after the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12–60mm f/2.8–4 ASPH (24–120mm equivalent), with a 50–200mm to be released soon.

Weather-sealed and freezeproof to 14°F, the lens comprises 15 elements, including four aspheric elements, and has a “nano surface” coating to cut down on flare and ghosting. Featuring an STM motor designed to be smooth and quiet, the lens is ideally paired with cameras such as the GH5 that boast high-speed contrast-detect autofocus systems.

Available at the end of May, the new lens will retail for $1100.
 



PRESS RELEASE

LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH
Covering 16 mm Ultra-Wide Angle to 36 mm (35mm camera equivalent)

Newark, NJ (April 18, 2017) – Panasonic is proud to introduce a new wide zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8–18mm / F2.8–4.0 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 16–36 mm) as the second lens to be introduced from its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8–4.0 Series. 

Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8–4.0 series achieves exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording and yet its size is compact. All lenses also take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosting and flaring. The 8–18 boasts a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and is freeze-proof down to –10℃ to deliver professional use under harsh conditions. The high-quality video recording capability is also one of the advantages of this lens series.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8–18mm / F2.8–4.0 ASPH offers a zoom range of ultra-wide 16mm to versatile 36mm (35mm camera equivalent). It covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to street photography. Taking advantage of the F2.8–4.0 high-speed performance, it is suitable for capturing starry sky or a night scenery. With a filter (67mm) such as ND or PL, this lens provides various expression in both photos and videos. 

Comprised of 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 suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from center to corners. 

The sensor drive at max. 240 fps enables to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. It also helps to reduce wobbling. Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly capture brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance when zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Offered in sharp, metallic black, it stylishly matches the LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8–4.0 Series lineup will expand with additional 50–200mm (100–400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens.

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Claire Parrish
Apr 19, 2017 7:49 AM
Claire Parrish wrote:
Nice article !
Yan Jin Lee
Apr 19, 2017 10:43 AM
Yan Jin Lee wrote:
Great post !
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Apr 20, 2017 10:26 AM
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