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LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. (H-E08018) Micro Four Thirds Wide-angle Lens

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LEICA certified 8-18mm Micro Four Thirds wide-angle lens. A suitable lens for vast landscapes and internal property photography.
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Branching into Wider Fields of Expression

This wide zoom lens fuses LEICA's image rendering capabilities and nimble mobility. From ultra-wide-angle 16mm landscapes to standard 36mm snapshots (35mm camera equivalent), the incredible resolution of this LEICA DG lens renders everything clearly from corner to corner. It also accommodates a 67mm filter for greater creativity in both photos and videos. Designed for reliable use even under poor weather conditions, this agile, high-quality lens is ideal for shooting in the field.
Branching into Wider Fields of Expression

Nano Surface Coating

Put an end to unwanted ghosting and flaring with Nano Surface Coating. This special, ultra-thin coating was developed originally by Panasonic to reduce bothersome reflections across the entire light spectrum. The result: crystal-clear pictures even if you’re photographing a light source in the dark.
Nano Surface Coating

Dust, Splash and Freeze-resistant Design

The H-E08018 LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm lens is designed to withstand tough shooting conditions thanks to its dust, splash* and freeze-resistant construction, allowing you to shoot in temperatures as low as -10 °C.
・Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.
Dust, Splash and Freeze-resistant Design

Ideal for Video Recording

The H-E08018 lens offers fast, accurate autofocus, critical for recording sharp 4K video, and smooth aperture changes so there are no sudden jumps in exposure.
Ideal for Video Recording

H-E08018 Lens Construction

The optimised configuration has 15 elements in 10 groups, including 1 ASPH/ED, 3 ASPH, 2 ED and 1 UHR lenses to minimise aberrations and ensure superb resolution.
H-E08018 Lens Construction

H-E08018 MTF Chart

The H-E08018 lens meets the strict optical standards set by Leica Camera AG and provides outstanding sharpness and resolution from the centre to the edges of the frame.
・For lenses that are capable of compensating distortion, the horizontal axis shows the distance from the centre of the corrected image.
H-E08018 MTF Chart

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Size and Weight


Approximately. Weight excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood. Length from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount.

  • Micro Four Thirds System StandardMicro Four Thirds System Standard
  • Nano Surface CoatingNano Surface Coating
  • Dust / Splash / Freeze ResistantDust / Splash / Freeze Resistant

Based on Leica Camera AG's strict quality standards

Ultra-wide zoom lens with a compact design

Dust, splash and freeze-resistant design


  • Lens Construction

    • 15 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical ED lens, 3 aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
  • Nano Surface Coating

    • Yes
  • Mount

    • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • Optical Image Stabilizer

    • No
  • Focal Length

    • f=8-18mm (35mm camera equivalent 16-36mm)
  • Aperture Type

    • 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Maximum Aperture

    • F2.8 (Wide) - F4.0 (Tele)
  • Minimum Aperture

    • F22
  • Closest Focusing Distance

    • 0.23m / 0.75ft
  • Maximum magnification

    • Approx. 0.12x / 0.24x (35mm camera equivalent)


  • Diagonal Angle of View

    • 107°(Wide) - 62°(Tele)
  • Weatherproof

    • Splash/Dust/Freezeproof
  • Filter Size

    • φ67mm
  • Max. Diameter

    • φ73.4mm / 2.89inch
  • Overall Length

    • Approx. 88mm / 3.46inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
  • Weight

    • Approx. 315g / 11.1oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)

Standard Accessories

  • Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens hood, Lens storage bag

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Customer Reviews

  • Photo Review, Editor's Choice, August 2017

    "The Panasonic 8-18mm lens could attract architectural photographers because it is remarkably distortion-free, is highly flare resistant and has low levels of vignetting (edge and corner darkening). It also has the advantages of a relatively light weight, compact size and dust-and splashproof sealing and the fast f/2.8-4.0 aperture range makes it ideal for low-light use."

  • Camera Labs, Highly Recommended, June 2017

    "The Leica DG 8-18mm f2.8-4 becomes the fourth ultra-wide zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system, and arguably the most compelling overall to date."

  • Photography Blog, Essential, May 2017

    "The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-16mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH is another great addition to the Panasonic lens line-up, especially if you shoot a mixture of stills and video, where the completely silent operation and versatile wide-angle focal range really come to the fore" 

  • ePHOTOzine, Highly Recommended, April 2017

    "The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Asph. is a pleasure to use, but the greatest pleasure is arguably in the outstanding sharpness, giving a real punch to images"


φ67mm Filters


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