The Panasonic 8mm Lumix G packs a lot of punch for such a small lens.
Sporting a very minimalist look, the lens is designed for the Micro Four Thirds mount of Panasonic’s Lumix G range and while at 8mm it may appear to have a wide coverage, it’s worth remembering that the Micro Four Thirds format has a crop factor of 2x, making this a 16mm full-frame equivalent (with a 180º view).
The lens‘s construction is mainly plastic to lighten the weight but it balances well when attached to Panasonic’s G-series cameras, such as the Lumix G3. We found the autofocus to be very responsive and it didn’t have to hunt much to find the right focus, while images from it were pin sharp. It also features extra-low dispersion glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration and fringeing.
At £599 this is a tad expensive compared to other lenses of this ilk but it’s a good all-rounder without any particular faults. It features a built-in lens hood and comes with a lens cap to protect the front element.
- Street price: £529 (As of July 2016)
- Maximum aperture: f/3.5
- Weight: 165g
- Visit: www.panasonic.com/uk
This review was first published in the September 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.