Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH sample images

We've been out and about with a review sample of the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH, the latest wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds users.

The optic, which provides a focal range equivalent to 16-36mm in 35mm terms, is the latest addition to the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 series. 

The line was announced alongside the development of the Lumix GH5 back in November, and has already welcome the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens. Panasonic has stated that this will shortly be expanded with a 50-200mm telephoto zoom lens.

The lens feature an optical construction that makes use of a single aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, three aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) element, and makes use of Nano Surface Coatings to suppress reflection and minimise aberrations such as flare. 

Designed with a weather-sealed, freezeproof and dust-resistant body, the lens features circular diaphragm blades on the inside and a 67mm filter thread at its front. 

All images are full-resolution JPEGs straight from the camera, without any further processing applied, and all were captured using the Panasonic Lumix G80. All images © Future Publishing.

See also: Best Panasonic cameras in 2019

18mm, f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 200

18mm, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 200

8mm, f/5.6, 0.3sec, ISO 1600

16mm, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 200

18mm, f/4, 1/20sec, ISO 200

8mm, f/2.8, 1/180sec, ISO 640

18mm, f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 250

18mm, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 200

8mm, f/3.2, 1/125sec, ISO 200

8mm, f/3.2, 1/100sec, ISO 200

18mm, f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 200

8mm, f/10, 1/20sec, ISO 200

18mm, f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 200

18mm, f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 320

18mm, f/5, 1/125sec, ISO 200

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.