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I took quite a range of photos on a recent visit to Wagga Wagga, and I was consistently impressed with the speed of focus and the geometric accuracy of the shots, regardless of the amount of zoom. I’m not a great fan of wide angle photography. I prefer to bring in detail, zooming right into it. But the ability of the lens to deliver clear, wide vistas, along with a much wider field of view of interiors and close objects makes it a useful addition to the camera bag of any Micro Four Thirds user.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm/f2.8-4.0 ASPH H-E08018 is available for $1599. Panasonic plans to release a 50 to 200mm telephoto zoom lens from the same range in the near future.

And, two photos of the same scene to finish off, along with a crop to see the detail handling:

Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga, maximum zoom in, 18mm focal length


Maximum zoom out, 8mm focal length


The 18mm shot above, cropped down to 760 pixels wide. Try that with a phone camera!