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Panasonic 8-18mm Owners (Question)

I've been seriously considering this lens as don't have a UWA at the moment, but always enjoyed my Panasonic 7-14mm when I had it.

The question is, can I stack 2 x slim filters on the screw thread (67mm I believe) without vignetting at 8mm? I've got a set of three Haida Pro II 67mm ND filters and was obviously wondering if vignetting would be an issue..... don't really want to move to a square filter system or buy larger screw in filters with step up ring unless I had to.

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm Owners (Question)

Just don't drop it!

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm Owners (Question)

I haven't tried two filters, but I can do. I'll report back ..
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm Owners (Question)

My Format Hitech 85mm holder was bad with a three filter stack now I have dropped it to two it is Ok
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm Owners (Question)

No vignetting at 8mm with this combo (and the B+W is PRO is slim, but the Hoya ND isn't):


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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm Owners (Question)

Aren't you a bit old for swings and trampolines? Nice outlook ... but the grass needs cutting .....
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Don't remind me. Was planning on doing it this last weekend, but it p1ssed it down almost constantly.
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No vignetting at 8mm with this combo (and the B+W is PRO is slim, but the Hoya ND isn't)
Paul, thanks so much for this (I think, as you've just cost me 100's.)

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Paul, thanks so much for this (I think, as you've just cost me 100's.)

It is a great lens. I've owned the mZ 9-18 and Panasonic 7-14 but was never 100% happy with either.

The 9-18 never sharpens up in the corners no matter how much you stop it down and at 9mm isn't really wide enough for me.

The Panasonic 7-14 suffers from bad purple blob/internal refection problems as well as producing horrible veiling flare when shooting into sun. It's also awkward to fit filters. However, I ran it for several years and got a lot of shots I'm very happy with so it wasn't all bad!

I looked at the Olympus 7-14 many times, but its size and weight always put me off and it still had the filter problem.

When the 8-18 was launched it seemed the perfect choice, but its price and reports of copy variation made me hang back. I eventually succumbed and bought it when I was in NYC. The price that way was a little cheaper and by going to B&H I knew I could return it if it was less than perfect. I need not have worried - it's a superb optic with great across-the-frame performance and lovely contrast. Being able to use regular circular filters after years of fiddly square filters and Heath Robinson holders is very welcome.

My only complaint is that I wish it went to 7mm!
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It is a great lens. I've owned the mZ 9-18 and Panasonic 7-14 but was never 100% happy with either.

The 9-18 never sharpens up in the corners no matter how much you stop it down and at 9mm isn't really wide enough for me.

The Panasonic 7-14 suffers from bad purple blob/internal refection problems as well as producing horrible veiling flare when shooting into sun. It's also awkward to fit filters. However, I ran it for several years and got a lot of shots I'm very happy with so it wasn't all bad!

I looked at the Olympus 7-14 many times, but its size and weight always put me off and it still had the filter problem.

When the 8-18 was launched it seemed the perfect choice, but its price and reports of copy variation made me hang back. I eventually succumbed and bought it when I was in NYC. The price that way was a little cheaper and by going to B&H I knew I could return it if it was less than perfect. I need not have worried - it's a superb optic with great across-the-frame performance and lovely contrast. Being able to use regular circular filters after years of fiddly square filters and Heath Robinson holders is very welcome.

My only complaint is that I wish it went to 7mm!
Other than owning a 7-14 thats how I feel too but I wish I had not experienced Panasonics repair service or lack of.
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