Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 Review

September 24, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Vlad

How much CA does it produce on Olympus cameras?

7:41 pm - Monday, September 24, 2012

#2 MaN

Thanks for this early review of the Panasonic 35-100/2.8!

Some thoughts:
Why deem it as expensive just because some m4/3 cameras happen to cost less than the lens? That only says, indirectly, that the m4/3 system have few expensive cameras, not that this lens is “too expensive”

It´s a premium fast tele zoom, the only one at the moment, and should thus be compared to other fast zooms which offers the same AOV in their respective format…then, it´s alot cheaper than its competitors.

And why review (and showt pictures of) this lens with a low end m4/3 camera, when both Pana themselves in addition to Olympus, have at least 3 better bodies to test such a premium lens on?
Strange if you ask me..

Chromatic Aberration is taken care of in Panasonics cameras, but not in Olympus, so how are we to know how this lens performs in that department by itself, un corrected?

It sems, anyway, to be a very good lens, with some question marks being its edge softness at 2.8 & 4, which is not the cas with al its competitors in other formats, even if few or none of them is ‘super sharp’ in the edges. 4/3 & m4/3 lenses of higher quality levels are seldom edge soft, so a mild criticism is to be told there. That may be A factor, if any, that would have me say it may have been good with a sligtly lower price. But to say it´s “expensive” with its weather protecting build, sturdiness in a small fomat, made in almost full metal, no, I would not say that. Too much money for my wallet, yes…rather possibly, but very probably worth it if one need its qualities, AND is able to pay for it.  ;-)

7:58 pm - Monday, September 24, 2012

#3 Dmitry Pashkevich

Thanks for the review!

I wonder how would you use a polarizing filter with such a long lens hood?

6:46 pm - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

#4 Lani


Kinda a DSLR newbie, have the GH2 and have been using the kit lens (14-140) for a while now (oh and bought the pancake one).  Love using it for video..

Thanks for the great review, wanted to know if.. when you have your subject in focus and you zoom in (or the subject is in focused, zoomed) and you zoom out… does it stay in focus?

So if I MF a tight on a subject’s profile and I wanted to zoom out, will the subject still be in focus once I start pulling out?

Sorry, dumb question, just wondering..

2:30 am - Thursday, September 27, 2012

#5 Hakeem

Very good review and very prompt, many thanks!

Would you mind retesting it with GH3 and an Olympus body with a new sensor, when available and if possible!


8:53 am - Thursday, September 27, 2012

#6 chris Semple

Can I now swap from my backbreaking canon 5dmk2 and 70-2002.8IS combo, which I carry for maybe 12 hours straight at a wedding. - the future is lighter!

10:54 pm - Friday, October 26, 2012

#7 Nick Mala

Does anyone know if this will work with the Olympus Pen series? I assume so.

4:14 am - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

#8 PalauBlue

My choice of a M4/3 telephoto lens would be the Olympus 75mm 1.8.

2:11 am - Friday, November 16, 2012

#9 Carl

Dang, all the pop ads on this site really make it hard to read your article…. often waiting several seconds for them to fully load, which means I can’t do anything until that completes.  So annoying…

3:02 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2016

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lens, compact system camera, micro four thirds, lumix, panasonic, zoom, telephoto, 70-200mm, F2.8, gf3, dmc-gf3, F 2.8, 35-100mm, panasonic 35-100mm, Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8

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