Showcase Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4

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Was able to use this lens some minutes today. It`s amazing (imo).
It`s light, and fits the EM-1 extremely good.
All pictures in this post is taken with spot-metering (my bad).
Tbh I love this lens.

Most of the pictures was taken with 8mm first, then 18mm second.
Two different pictures pretty early in this post I focused firstly closely to the lens, then after in the back of the frame.

It started to rain quite heavily, so I had to stand under a roof. :)

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I'm especially encouraged by how it handled flare on the EM1 in two of the images. I'm guessing those would be prone to purple blobs if you were using the Lumix 7-14.
 

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Can you show a picture of your M1 with the lens and lenshood attached, please?
 

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OK not a MK1 but a MK11 with grip but here's the 8-18mm on mine to give you an idea.

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Well first impressions of the Panasonic 8-18 that arrived yesterday are really quite impressive.

The lens seems tack sharp corner to corner and all apertures and FL's. It does still suffer from a small amount of field curvature, but no where near as much as the Olympus Lens. Also, from initial testing (although more to be done), I've yet to get it to display the purple blobs in highlight areas, but I might have to push this bit much further because this would be a real deal breaker if it's still there and I haven't just seen it yet.

Handling the lens, it actually feels much lighter than the 200 grams it has has over the 7-14 in reality, and overall is a much more compact and easy to carry package, but doesn't feel plastiky or cheap, but obviously not the full cold metal feeling of the Olympus 7-14. I don't shoot manual focus much (or at all) with this lens, so I don't' think I'll miss the manual clutch system for focussing.

Filter wise, I've tried it will my Lee Seven5 system, and I can report that i doesn't vignette at all even at 8mm wide open with the Lee holder and two standard filters in the slots (I've tried my Seven5 Big Stopper and a 0.6 Hard grad and no vignetting at all). However, with the Seven5 Polariser fitted to the holder, it vignettes up to about 10-11mm (to be expected really). I've not tried it with my Lee 100mm system, but I would guess with the Polariser on that system being 105mm it wouldn't vignette at all ?
 
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I ordered one yesterday after a rather long lunch loosened my purse strings, I think I can live with the lens flare.........looking forward to delivery on Thursday, will post some shots at the weekend.
 

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I can't look for them right now, but I remember other reviews mentioning that flares were relatively well handled, so I was a bit surprised by his judgement. Maybehe didn use the lenshood?
When you mention it I think you are correct. I think I've read the same thing/heard the same thing on YouTube.
 

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I think that when the light source is actually in the frame, it makes no difference whether or not the hood is mounted — a hood only helps to shield the lens from sources outside the frame.
 

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I can report that i doesn't vignette at all even at 8mm wide open with the Lee holder and two standard filters in the slots (I've tried my Seven5 Big Stopper and a 0.6 Hard grad and no vignetting at all). However, with the Seven5 Polariser fitted to the holder, it vignettes up to about 10-11mm (to be expected really). I've not tried it with my Lee 100mm system, but I would guess with the Polariser on that system being 105mm it wouldn't vignette at all ?
Great to know about the Seven5 Filters, though kind of bumbed on the CPL for it (though I probably wouldn't use it often on this uwa lens?) Since the Seven5 rotates, I wonder if you could get a square format CPL to use with it?
 

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If you're getting a square polarizer you basically give up on the possibility of graduated nd filters. In that case why bother with an expensive slot filter system?
 

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Mainly because I already own it. And you could still use the normal NDs with it, or free hold a grad on top of that.
 

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Some London Landmarks at 8mm.
 
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SOOC jpeg- 8mm and wide open. Some of my test shots show a little bit of softness on the left side; I'm thinking I wasn't square to the target, so I'll try again tomorrow. I also need to test it in my housing and dome port to see if this is a viable option underwater...
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Please report back on your findings regarding the housing. Am I right in thinking you were using one of the ZEN ports?
 
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