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Panasonic 8-18mm

Looks potentially interesting, especially at around 250g lighter than the Oly 7-14 f2.8:

http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer...h-e08018e.html

It takes screw-in filters, too.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

If this is purple flare free on Olympus bodies, then I'm very interested.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Yeah, but I'll wait for a few reviews from reliable sources first.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

It's more compact than the Oly too, but initial prices (WEX are offering it at 1049) seem a bit high to me. Hopefully they'll drop when it becomes available.

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

First test up at ephotzine (https://www.ephotozine.com/article/p...--review-30889)

Their verdict is:
"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."

I've got it added to the CameraPriceBuster website as well (http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/) so we can watch for the price to hopefully drop as supplies ramp up - as opposed to rise as the pound continues its descent to parity with the Euro and the dollar!

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Mirrorless Comparisons (http://mirrorlesscomparison.com/) have now tested the 8-18 against both the Olympus 7-14 and the Lumix 7-14.

Interestingly they see little benefit over the Lumix lens (which I already own) unless the extra zoom range or aperture is really essential to you. So it's looking like this would be an extravagant purchase for anyone who already owns a wide-angle zoom.

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

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Mirrorless Comparisons (http://mirrorlesscomparison.com/) have now tested the 8-18 against both the Olympus 7-14 and the Lumix 7-14.

Interestingly they see little benefit over the Lumix lens (which I already own) unless the extra zoom range or aperture is really essential to you. So it's looking like this would be an extravagant purchase for anyone who already owns a wide-angle zoom.

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Nice enough review, but I'm amazed given Mathieu's u43 experience that he didn't ask the obvious question - "does the new lens produce purple blob flare on Olympus bodies like the Lumix 7-14"?

If it does then there is already a sound reason to buy it. Then there's other attributes such as weather sealing and ability to take filters that might make it less than an extravagant purchase.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

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Nice enough review, but I'm amazed given Mathieu's u43 experience that he didn't ask the obvious question - "does the new lens produce purple blob flare on Olympus bodies like the Lumix 7-14"?

If it does then there is already a sound reason to buy it. Then there's other attributes such as weather sealing and ability to take filters that might make it less than an extravagant purchase.
Paul, did you mean "if it doesn't?"
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Paul, did you mean "if it doesn't?"
Err, yes John - sorry, got confused by my own convoluted logic!
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