Panasonic today announced a brand new wide angle zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds system, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH (full-frame camera equivalent: 16-36 mm). This compact lens may become a new favorite among landscape photographers, especially since it feature a dust and splash proof design. It is also freeze proof down to -10℃.
The lens consists of 15 elements in 10 groups, features an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, three aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. It weighs 11.11 oz (315 g) and takes 67mm filters. Pansonic 8-18mm wide angle lens is priced at $1,097.99 in the United States and is available for preorder on Amazon.
You can read the full press release on Panasonic’s UK website.