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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Mathers of Lancashire are now selling the lens for 995, and Panasonic are giving you a 100 cashback too, so I'm biting the bullet now! I should be able to get around 450 for my mint Panasonic 7-14mm from Ffordes, so the net cost seems pretty reasonable for the longer reach and wider aperture on the new lens. (And I've never noticed any purple blobs when using the old lens on my E-M1 so I probably don't get into situations where they appear?)

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Had mine since late June - cracking lens and goes well with the EM1 MK II





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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Incidentally no-one's mentioned the excellent (SHG) Four Thirds 7-14 f/4.0
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Well I now have of these lenses as the 7-14 f2.8 does not fit with my techniques as filters are impostant to me. I use the 9-18mm regularly. Now I have this I am not sure of the 9-18mm's fate yet.

Some of my first shots with this

Wasdale afternoon light 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Wasdale afternoon light 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

I'd be really interested in your overall thoughts Alf. I'm quite tempted by this lens, but now that I've made my peace with the rear filter holder and gel UV filter I'm getting mostly satisfying results with the Panasonic 7-14. However, it is probably my most used lens and there are still some issues in my mind:

- It flares badly when shooting directly into the sun.

- It's terrible at sun-stars

- Fitting ND or polarising filters is still a pain.

- It's not weather sealed - there have been a few times when I've had to retreat due to rain.

Regarding flaring and sun-stars, do you have any observations from your usage so far?
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

I will give you somemore thoughts when I have my filter set up fitted.

Its nice to use not too big. Here is a shot at 8mm and f8 minor PP in LR to control the highlights and no added sharpening

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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

I too have acquired this lens (thank you Santa) and am very happy indeed. It feels very well built, roughly the same size as the 12-40 but lighter, screw on filters (e.g. polariser or 10 stop) individually work well but start to vignette if stacked.
Here are a few from my Flickr account, the first is into a partial sun



The second is with polariser attached



And finally one at a longer focal length



I took a couple of shots with full sun in the frame and will dig one out tomorrow when on the PC.
I risked selling my mft 9-18 in advance to help fund this purchase and have no regrets.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Gordon Laing has a very useful hands on comparison between the micro 3/4rds contenders here, the focus of the review is the 8-18mm.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Thanks for posting that Hew. In Gordon's sample image there seems very little in optical performance between them IMHO. If I had to rate them I'd say it's probably Oly 7-14 > Lumix 7-14 > PL 8-18 - but they are all pretty close. I think I might stick with my 7-14 for now - the rear filter does very effectively fix the purple ghosting which is the Lumix lens's main fault.
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I too have acquired this lens (thank you Santa) and am very happy indeed. It feels very well built, roughly the same size as the 12-40 but lighter, screw on filters (e.g. polariser or 10 stop) individually work well but start to vignette if stacked.
Here are a few from my Flickr account, the first is into a partial sun



The second is with polariser attached



And finally one at a longer focal length



I took a couple of shots with full sun in the frame and will dig one out tomorrow when on the PC.
I risked selling my mft 9-18 in advance to help fund this purchase and have no regrets.
Lovely images Iain.
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

As promised here is a shot to test for flare issues:

Nothing else to test it against at the time, but you can make your own minds up whether it is an issue or not?
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

Pretty much anything that wide would flare like that under those conditions, and many would do worse I suspect.

Tempting: I do love the optical performance of the 7-14 f2.8, but I hate carrying it around and as a result I don't use it as much as I should.
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Pretty much anything that wide would flare like that under those conditions, and many would do worse I suspect.

Tempting: I do love the optical performance of the 7-14 f2.8, but I hate carrying it around and as a result I don't use it as much as I should.
Funnily enough I think it's quite compact (small) having had the SHG 7-14 f/4 from 4/3rds days
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

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Funnily enough I think it's quite compact (small) having had the SHG 7-14 f/4 from 4/3rds days
Yes, me too! Unfortunately this photographer's carrying capability has reduced since those days.

I am wondering about the 8-18/7-14/Laowa 7.5 equation.

If Oly made a reasonably compact pro-grade rectilinear ultrawide prime that was weather resistant the choice would be easier!
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Re: Panasonic 8-18mm

A thorough review by Wrotniak
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