Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4
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Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4

Compared to the older 7-14mm F4, the new lens is bigger, but doesn't gain a whole lot of extra heft. Even without a built-in hood it is longer and wider, but at 315 grams (0.7lb) it only weighs in at 15 grams more than the 7-14mm.

With the included lens hood installed its increase in size over the 7-14mm with its built-in hood is a bit more apparent, thanks to the 8-18 gaining an extra stop of light on the wide end, and a bit more zoom range on the long end.