Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Lens Review (Lenstip)

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH

Maciej Latałło has just posted a detailed review of the new released Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens (AmazonB&HAdorama) at the Lenstip.com. It is one of the most interesting ultra wide-angle lenses available on the M4/3 market. This high-speed zoom lens is now in stock and shipping in most US stores.

Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8 lens review

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Pros:

  • Solid, metal casing,
  • Excellent image quality in the frame centre at all focal lengths,
  • Imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • Slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • Lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • Properly corrected coma,
  • Lower vignetting than in the case of the majority of rivals,
  • Silent, very fast, and efficient autofocus.

Cons:

  • Very high distortion level for RAW files,
  • Image on the edge of the frame at longer focal lengths could have been better.

Verdict from Lenstip, “It is a solid device, with good aperture fastness, physically small and handy, allowing you to use filters with a normal diameter. It is also characterized by an excellent image quality in the frame centre and a very good correction of the majority of optical aberrations. If only the image quality on the edge was a bit better and the price a tad lower, you would have an ideal instrument. The lens, like the majority of products with the ‘Leica’ label on them, is, in our humble opinion, rather overpriced – you have to pay $1100 for it. Perhaps, as the time goes by, that will change and the company will lift the ‘novelty tax’ a bit. …

Below are several sample images taken with Panasonic GX80. Click to see the zoom. Just enjoy!

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18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200

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13 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 200

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18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 200

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18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/80 s, ISO 200

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10 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200

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