Panasonic will expand its Leica f/2.8-4.0 Series of lenses with the introduction of the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-E08018) lens in June.


Side view of the new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. lens. (Source: Panasonic.)

The new lens features a stylish metallic black design and carries an RRP of AU$1599. Covering a focal length range equivalent to 16-36mm in 35mm format, it is particularly well suited to landscape photography. The fast f/2.8-4.0 aperture range makes it ideal for low-light use. A micro-step AF drive system ensures smooth aperture control for video recording, while the lens has a rugged splash and dustproof design and is freeze proof down to -10 °C. The optical design consists of 15 elements in 10 groups and includes an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens element while providing optimal sharpness and suppressing distortion and chromatic aberration.

The H-E08018 is compatible with the LUMIX G sensor drive and can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF, at up to 240 fps. AF tracking performance while zooming is also improved via high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Following the release of the H-ES12060E and H-E08018, the LEICA F2.8-4.0 Series line-up will further expand with an additional 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens. For more information, visit