Yes I think I saw an 8-18 on dpreview for $600 yesterday. I paid a lot more for mine used and it was definitely a lot more used than the sellers photos showed.Keep an eye out and be patient. I picked up a pristine copy of the 8-18 from craigslist for $550 after watching it for 3 months. I got rid of the PL 15 and Samyang 7.5. Both great lenses, but the 8-18 is more serviceable for me.
Not sure what you mean in this statement. The only thing I can think of is the constant 2.8 V the 2.8-4. If that's what it is, bear in mind that this is one stop. The difference between them when the 7-14 is at full extension is about 2/3 of a stop. If you don't need the extra mm in width, I think the 8-18 is the more flexible of the two.The 8-18 is probably what I'm closest to buying, but the lack of reach really means you're going to want to pair it with another lens and if you're doing that then maybe the 7-14/2.8 is more flexible. The 8-25 is intriguing, but f/4 just doesn't seem fast enough to be a complete solution.
Expensive, I agree on. The size is rather dimutive for what it is. I think that a 8-25 will be at least as big and probably heavier than the 8-18.I too am waiting for the 8-25 f4. I have the mZD 9-18, and I love its small size and UWA perspective. I've seen the PL 8-18 and think it's a very good lens, but it's also a little big and expensive, along the lines of the Oly Pro lenses. I'd like weather-sealing, especially for travel. I'm hoping the 8-25 f4 Pro hits the sweet spot, and is also affordable. The good thing is that we have choices!
I guess that was only a partially expressed thought. What I meant was that the 10-25 (or potentially upcoming 8-25) is attractive since it goes from UW to Normal, and can be a 'single lens solution' in many cases. The 8-18 doesn't quite extend up to the Normal range, meaning you're likely to add another lens to it in most cases to provide the extra reach. But IF you're carrying 2 lenses anyway, a 7-14/2.8 + other lens might be more flexible than 8-18 + other lens, particularly if 'other lens' was a 12-xx rather than just a prime.Not sure what you mean in this statement. The only thing I can think of is the constant 2.8 V the 2.8-4. If that's what it is, bear in mind that this is one stop. The difference between them when the 7-14 is at full extension is about 2/3 of a stop. If you don't need the extra mm in width, I think the 8-18 is the more flexible of the two.
Hadn't seen that - slows down pretty gradually, which is nice.The 8-18's stop chart is below. I was in your shoes about 6 months ago and when someone pointed this out to me, it closed the deal. Funny how we all know these things but it sometimes doesn't register until it's in black and white! (or in this case grey and white)
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