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Panasonic 8-18mm 2.8-4.0 Available For Pre-Order

By Wendell Weithers on April 19th 2017

One of the major benefits of the micro four-thirds system is the mature lens lineup and it has come so far that Panasonic is now releasing second generation iterations, as seen in the 12-35mm 2.8 II and 35-100mm 2.8 II. With the arrival of the new 8-18mm 2.8-4.0, Panasonic has provided the final pillar in their version of the holy trinity of zooms; giving the GH5 a trio of top tier lenses that are optimized to capitalize on what it can offer. This is lens arrives just in time to kick off NAB 2017 and gives micro four-thirds shooters a versatile wide to standard zoom, which is something I imagine many have been yearning for since it was announced back in Photokina last November. Let’s check the specs and see what this lens brings to the table.

[REWIND:GH5 Autofocus Showdown with Max Yuryev & PhotoJoseph]

Specs & Features

This lens promises to be durable as stated on the Panasonic website:

With its splash/dust/freeze proof construction*, this durable lens is also tough enough to withstand heavy field use in nearly any weather or location. The system inside is protected from sand, rain, and temperature. Now there’s nothing holding you back from capturing the creative nature, landscape and other shots you want.

  • Lens Construction 
  • Nano Surface Coating: 
  • Optical Image Stabilizer: 
  • Focal Length 
  • Aperture Type 
  • Maximum Aperture: f
  • Minimum Aperture: f
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 
  • Maximum Magnification
  • Diagonal Angle of View
  • Weatherproof 
  • Filter Size
  • Max. Diameter
  • Overall Length 
  • Weight 

[REWIND:The Panasonic GH5 Is Showing Evidence Of Real Autofocus Problems]

In the early days of the mirrorless insurgency into the market, micro four-thirds cameras touted the advantages of a smaller form factor and a correspondingly smaller price tag. But, in the GH5’s larger body size and with the 8-18mm, 12-35mm, 35-100mm, and even the 12-60mm all priced at around $1,000 or more, those claims have not stood the test of time. Yes, equivalent full frame lenses are more expensive, but these lenses cannot be considered cheap. Much of that has to do the Leica brand inflating not only the prestige of the lenses but the price. Yet, this is must have lens for many and if you know yourself to be amongst those in need of it, you can preorder your copy here.


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Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Nick Buchholz

    This is a great announcement as I was just about to get myself a Olympus 7-14 mm f/2.8 to go on my Olympus body.
    This PanLeica sounds like it would be the better lens for my needs.

    PS:  I can’t empasize enough how much I like the fact that any m43 lens “works” with any m43 body.
    (Yes I know, maybe there are some minor features that aren’t compatible, but generally speaking it is an open system)

    I have a DSLR full frame system as well, with native and non-native glass, have had experience with adapters etc. Expensive and often annoying.
    How awesome would it be if any full-frame glass worked with any full-frame body?

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    • Wendell Weithers

      Hey Nick, I’m curious, why would you prefer this over the 7-14mm?

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    • Nick Buchholz

      Hi Wendell. Main reason would be the ability to attach a filter (67mm). It’s 60% of the weight. Because it’s not a fisheye-glass like the 7-14 I expect it will have less distortion. It costs a bit less.

      With my Canon 16-35 equivalent I use 16mm 90% of the time. So stopping down to f/4 isn’t too much of an issue for me. Why I’m still undecided? 7mm is less than 8mm :)
      Not sure if some of the features on the e-M1-II like High-Res mode and focus stacking will work with a Pansonic lens. (These are gimmicks though, not deal-breakers)

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