June 02, 2010, (Sawf News) – Panasonic’s 8mm/F3.5 H-F008 Fisheye lens adds to the repertoire of lenses available for use with Lumix G mirror-less DSLR cameras based on Micro Four Third sensor format.
Panasonic has added an 8mm fisheye lens to their Micro Four Thirds system lens lineup. Offering a full 180-degree angle-of-view, the new LUMIX G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 lens has a focal length equivalent to a 16mm lens in the 35mm (full frame) format. The Lumix G 8mm fisheye lens should work with any Panasonic Lumix G or Olympus Pen digital camera and offers the widest focal length yet for Micro Four Thirds format digital cameras.
In an effort to set themselves apart from the ever-expanding micro four thirds crowd, Panasonic has upped the wide angle ante with their upcoming 8mm fisheye lens for their Lumix G series cameras. It’s made up of 10 elements in nine groups, which allows it to be impressively small and light. It checks in at just over two-inches long and weighs 5.82-ounces. Despite its small size, it still offers up a 180-degree (diagonal) field of view, without cropping out the corners of the image on the frame. In order to cut down on the distortion that can happen with ultra-wide lenses, they opted for Exra-low dispersion glass.
It’s exciting to see the Micro Four Thirds format and other compact, mirrorless system cameras taking hold. These cameras offer much of the performance of digital SLRs in a package the size of a high-end compact camera. The number of dedicated lens options has been one of the weak links for the Micro Four Thirds format. The 8mm fisheye lens is the seventh Micro Four Thirds mount lens from Panasonic.
Like with the FX75, the pess material isn’t exactly generous with pricing or release date information, but we’ll update you as soon as we have confirmed information on the US release.
With three available Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses and one more on the way there will be at least eleven dedicated Micro Four Thirds lenses by late this year. Thanks to the forward thinking and commitment of Panasonic and Olympus the Micro Four Thirds format is really starting to become a viable system. And it’s nice to see a new lens that’s designed for more specialized use than the variable aperture zooms that make up most of the current Micro Four Thirds lens options. I would definitely want the new 8mm fisheye lens in my Micro Four Thirds camera bag for travel stories or event coverage.
Compact DSLRs cannot use lenses made for traditional DSLRs, so the range of lenses compatible with the new format is limited.
No price or launch date have been announced for the US. In UK the lens will sell for $1,060.