Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Review

May 21, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Warren Lyons

As a user of Micro 4/3 cameras, (Olympus EPL-1, and Panasonic G1, and GF2) this lens does seem overpriced, considering what I paid for the camera/kit lens combos, as well as the $500.00 I paid for a Pansonic 100-300 zoom lens and $200.00 for an Olympus 4/3 40-150 with an included adapter.  As there is considerable overlap in focal lengths between this lens and the 14-42 or 14-45 kit lenses typically included with these cameras, perhaps PB should have taken one photo with this lens, swapped it for the kit lens, then shot an identical photo at the same focal length on the same camera body with the same settings

4:42 pm - Monday, May 21, 2012

#2 Pat

maybe its just me, but the performance wide open isn’t terribly impressive.

6:14 pm - Monday, May 21, 2012

#3 Guy McLoughlin

The price seems like a good fit when compared to the Canon and Nikon 17 - 55mm f/2.8 equivalent zoom lenses.

This lens will be a huge deal for people shooting video with the GH2, as it’s the lens we’ve been waiting almost 2 years for.

6:20 pm - Monday, May 21, 2012

#4 Alan Halfhill

I have been waiting for this lens.  It will help define a system.  The price is not out of bounds compared to the competition.

Here is my take of this lens:

6:32 pm - Monday, May 21, 2012

#5 ENO

A lens makes the system.  Finely a High Quality M43 Lens.  Looks like I will have to buy into the system.  As many have pointed out below the price is inline with similar quality lens from other Canon and Nikon.

6:07 am - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#6 Stefan

Having just bought an OM-D (Olympus EM-5) I am in the process of saving to buy the excellent 12mm F2 and 45mm F1,8 lenses. This new lens will be roughly at the same pricepoint as those two lenses are together. I am considering to go for the zoom instead, I like the idea of not having to swap lenses…

1:09 pm - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#7 drp

The pre-order price on Amazon US appears to be $1299…I’m wondering where the $999 price mentioned in this review comes from? Hopefully from Panasonic!

2:56 pm - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#8 MichaelKJ

B&H and Adorama are have the pre-order price at $1299. Mark,can you tell us who quoted you a price of $999?

8:51 pm - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#9 Christian G

Is this lens PARFOCAL??

1:12 pm - Thursday, May 24, 2012

#10 Ann Chaikin

I want this lens. I realize it is expensive but living in the dark Pacific Northwest a fast walk around lens is very valuable to me. I will most likely buy one.

5:09 am - Friday, May 25, 2012

#11 Su-Wai

This is strange. In the tests on this website the resolution of the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 doesn’t seem to be spectaculair. On the website of it gets a much better review. What is the truth?

1:52 pm - Monday, June 18, 2012

#12 lemuelmayers

A good lens makes the camera’s perfect.This lens will be a huge deal for people shooting video and good shots. The resolution is better and its good to define the system faster.

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3:09 am - Friday, June 22, 2012

#13 Paul Cady

Seconding Christian G’s question, is the lens parfocal? This is a big issue for those of us wanting to use it for video.

3:48 am - Sunday, July 1, 2012

#14 Alvin

This is almost the lens that MFT needs. Too bad about the price and just wish that the tele end is a bit longer. I just hope that someone (Oly, Pana, Sigma, whoever!) will make a similar lens to my 17-70 f2.8-4 for the MFT format, then I do not need to carry my full size dSLR all the time.

11:38 pm - Friday, July 6, 2012

#15 Cuius

Fortunately prices have retreated:

750$ and £819

3:25 pm - Saturday, January 12, 2013

#16 Duane Storey

I love this lens!  I had been using the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 mostly on my Olympus OM-D, but decided that I needed to get a zoom lens.  I previously had a full Canon L-series kit, so it was rather disappointing to use the kit lens that came with the OM-D.

Thankfully I bought the Panasonic Lumix Vario 12-35mm a while ago and it’s been one of my two main travel lenses now.  I posted my thoughts on the lens as well if anyone is interested.

9:33 am - Monday, August 26, 2013

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