New 8-18mm f2.8-4 Leica lens

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Panasonic has the launched the second lens of the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series, covering 16 mm Ultra-Wide Angle to 36 mm with high mobility. The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series achieves superb picture quality and high performance for both photo and video recording but remains compact in nature. The 8-18 mm F2.8-4 is fully weather-sealed and freeze proof (to -10° C) and has a Nano Surface coating to reduce flare and ghosting.


  • Focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto
  • Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring
  • Rugged, dust/splash-proof design
  • Freeze-proof down to -10° C
  • High-quality video recording capability
  • Zoom range of ultra-wide 8 mm to versatile 36 mm (35mm camera equivalent)
  • 15 elements in 10 groups: 1 x aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, 3 x aspherical lenses, 2 x ED lenses, 1 x UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens.
  • Sensor drive @ max. 240 fps
  • Silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system
  • Micro-step drive system in the aperture control
  • High-speed frame analysis

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GH4 with 45-175 Power lens and Manfrotto remote

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Taking the Lumix GH cameras to the next level Panasonic have opened up the camera with the ability to use a lanc remote to control one of two power zooms.


In the custom menu 7/9 you will find the POWER ZOOM LENS button which takes you to menu A where you can choose various zoom modes including zoom speed (menu B) the choice between Photo and Video is interesting but choosing Video (menu C) allows you to choose High, Medium and Low speeds but remember whatever you choose you still get a level of control over your zoom it is only limited by the top speed i.e. H,M,L.


I had the Manfrotto MVR 901-ECPL for my Panasonic PX270 and works a treat with the GH4, you get variable speed up to the limit you set and REC on and off.


Once again I can’t stress the need for a good set of tripod legs and capable head like the Manfrotto 505 HD.


As you can see the lens is very small and is an internal focus so the front element does not move. Here are two shots taken with the Lumix 45-175 f4-5.6

175 45mm

It’s a major bonus to have a servo zoom facility on a camera like the GH4 the only restriction being the maximum aperture set at f4 and the 4x zoom ratio, this does not compare with my PX270 at f1.6-3.2 with a huge 22x servo zoom.

Maybe this will promote Fujinon to produce a micro 4/3 power zoom 14x lens starting a f1.6 !

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Don’t forget the Power Zooms

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Turn your GH4 into a sudo video camera with the aid of two special zoom lenses. The 14-42 and the 45-175 have built in power zooms very useful if you want a true servo zoom video look.


The first lens is the Lumix 14-42 f3.5-5.6 HD lens (28-84mm = 35mm) this is probably one of the most useful zoom ranges but starting at f3.5 is a handicap and not very useful in low light situations without increasing the ISO. The price point of £279 makes this a very useful lens to have in your bag and by all accounts is a very sharp wee lens.


The Lumix 45-175 f4-5.6mm with Power Zoom (90-350mm = 35mm). This is almost a 4x zoom and very useful for compression shots or someone presenting a speech in a conference. Once again starting at f4 and stopping down further to f5.6 is not helpful and will certainly be a handicap in lower lighting conditions.

Both these lenses can be remotely controlled via your iPhone, iPad or Android making the physical zoom a lot smoother especially the 45-175.

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