Lumix Releases the New Leica 8-18mm Super Wide Zoom
A few months back Panasonic announced the intention of bringing us three new lenses, the 12-60mm Leica, the 8-18mm Leica, and the 50-200mm Leica. The 12-60mm was released with the new GH5, and today Panasonic announced the ability to preorder the 8-18mm.
It doesn’t have Optical Image Stabilization, but I don’t see that as a problem with the superb in-camera IS we now have in the G85 and GH5 bodies. Its front element is 67mm and has threads for screw-in filters which will be a huge bonus for landscape folks. The size and weight are going to be another major benefit, especially compared to what I used to shoot, the Nikkor 14-24mm F/2.8, that I loved, but almost never carried due to its size and weight. Below are additional details on specs.
Micro Four Thirds System
16-36mm (35mm Equivalent)
Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
One Aspherical ED and One UHR Element
Three Aspherical and Two ED Elements
Nano Surface Coating
Splash, Dust, and Freezeproof Design
Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
I had a chance to briefly hold and feel this lens this past February at our annual Lumix meeting. It has the fit and finishes all Leica/Lumix lenses are now known for. Lumix is really hitting their stride in producing stunning optics, and I predict this one will be no different. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one and will report back after having the chance to shoot it.
The next one on the list that I’m really excited to see is the coming 50-200mm F/2.8-4. This will give us a traditional 100-400mm equivalent reach with an F/stop of F2.8 for goodness sake. If they can give us the optical quality of my past Nikkor with this new lens I will be off the chart with enthusiasm for this lens. Can’t wait to see it.
If you want one yourself you may want to give your business to one of my favorite camera shops, Bozeman Camera in my hometown. You can call either Marshal or Tanner at (406) 586-8300 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.