Panasonic Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph (H-E08018E): lens test

Panasonic Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph (H-E08018E): lens test

Review Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph

The Panasonic Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph is a relatively new wide-angle zoom for the Micro 4/3 cameras announced in 2017. It is a direct analogue of the full-frame wide angles of 16-35 mm, so beloved by the reporters. But against the backdrop of full-frame monsters Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph looks much more compact and weighs less - only 315 grams. Its aperture ratio in the wide-angle position is one step higher than that of the existing Lumix G Vario H-F007014 (7-14 mm). In addition, unlike its predecessor, it allows the use of filters, so necessary in the work of videographers. Price range Panasonic Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph (H-E08018E) Obviously, the Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph is addressed to professionals in photography and video. In our test we will understand how it meets the requirements of this segment in its capabilities.
DC-GX9 Installations: ISO 200, F7.1, 1/250 s, 18.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

Design and Features

When you see the lens in the picture, it seems small and ... plastic. In practice, everything is different. Firstly, he’s not so small. The diameter of the filter is 67 mm, so the lens is large by the standards of the Micro 4/3 system, although it is significantly smaller than full-frame wide-angle. Secondly, all external parts of the body and even part of the hood are made of metal. Assembly at the highest level: there are no backlashes, the ring travel is uniform and smooth. You really enjoy working with him. During zooming, the front lens block moves within the lens barrel, moving deeper at a focal length of 18 mm. It is claimed that this model has dust and moisture protection. If you put a light filter on the tube, then the front lens block will literally be under the glass cover. It can be very useful in extreme conditions! By the way, his predecessor Panasonic 7-14mm f / 4.0 Aspherical did not allow the use of filters in front of a convex front lens. Of the external controls, there is only an autofocus switch. Manual focusing occurs using an electronic ring with a nonlinear stroke. If you use autofocus, then Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f / 2.8-4.0 Asph will please you with almost instant and very quiet focusing. You can only hear the sound of moving the lenses if you lean your ear against the lens. No problem, you can use autofocus when shooting movies. Now let's look inside: what will surprise our experimental subject? Its optical design is relatively complex even by the most modern standards: 15 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical lens with ultra-low dispersion, 3 lenses with ultra-low dispersion, 2 lenses with ultra-low dispersion, 1 lens with ultra-high resolution). It is literally crammed with special optical elements designed to ensure high optical quality of the lens. About image quality - on the next page of the test.
DC-GX9 Settings: ISO 200, F5.6, 1/500 s, 36.0 mm equiv.
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