The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens Series:
Look forward to test results, image galleries and user experiences for these, the 8-18 in particular.
Likewise. I currently use the Panasonic 7-14mmm f/4.0 and did not get the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 due to size, weight and field curvature. But I do run into some pretty bad purple fringing problems in some instances when using the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 with the Olympus E-M1. I hope this will not be an issue with this Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0.
I’ve held off buying the Oly 7-14mm so far, but was planning to later this year or early next. It’s great that a possible alternative has appeared. With the appearance of the Laowa 7.5mm rectilinear, there are now two possible alternatives – although I’ll almost certainly go with the flexibility of a zoom and the convenience of AF – again dependent upon performance.
Really interested in the weights of these 3 lenses.
Maximum apertures of f2.8 will place these at the ‘heavier’ end of m43 lenses – assuming no ‘tricks’ like carbon-fibre barrels or ultra light elements.
I’m mostly interested in how the weights of these 3 compare to the existing Panasonic and Olympus constant f2.8 lenses. Currently, I carry the following zooms in my kit: Olympus 7-14 f2.8, Lumix X 12-35 f2.8, Lumix X 35-100 f2.8, & Lumix 100-300 F4-5.6 for 7-300 mm coverage). If the total combined weight of these 3 new lenses (8-200mm coverage) are significantly less than the combined weight of the 4 zooms I currently carry, I would be willing to sacrifice the extra 100mm focal length, depending on the prices. Currently, if I leave the 100-300 behind, that leaves me with a too short 100mm (200mm ff eq) max focal length. The Olympus 40-150 f2.8 is heavier than my 35-100 & 100-300 combined (before even adding the 1.4X TC) , so that’s not a useful substitute option for those two lenses.
…Filter size would be a rough hint of weight class.