Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS

Last Updated (07 December’12):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS is the first constant-aperture standard zoom lens for a mirrorless system camera. The lens equivalent to 24-70mm with angle of view from 84 to 34 degrees and 0.17 – 0.34x of Magnification. It constructions consists of 14 elements in 9 groups with minimum focus distance up to 9.84″ (25 cm) and 58 mm of filter size. The lens measures (Diameter x Length) Approx. 2.66 x 2.91″ (67.6 x 73.8 mm) and weight 10.76 oz (305 g).

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS and writes;
“Optically the lens is a great performer. At all focal lengths, it’s best to stop it down by one f-stop for optimum results – at F2.8 the center and edge sharpness is less acceptable. Chromatic aberrations are only noticeable by their almost complete absence, while distortions are automatically corrected on both Olympus and Panasonic bodies.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS and writes;
“It is chili-sharp in the image center but the border region isn’t quite on this level in the lower focal length range. At 35mm it is more impressive with very sharp results across the image field. While distortions are nothing to worry about from a user perspective, Panasonic relies on a very heavy auto-corrections at 12mm.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

SLRGear reviews the Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS and writes;
“The 12-35mm ƒ/2.8 X offers very fast autofocus results, motivated by an in-lens electrical motor that’s very fast and very quiet. Filters attached to the front element of the lens won’t rotate, making life a little easier for polarizer users.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS and writes;
“With the advent of more professionally orientated Micro Four Thirds camera bodies, it makes sense that Panasonic would want to release a weather-sealed professional spec f/2.8 zoom. The price at around £999, is typical of these kinds of lenses. Performance-wise, this lens delivers sharp, contrasty images with low CA and distortion, which should be expected of a pro-spec zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Video Reviews

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS Reviews

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User Opinions

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS User Reviews

This zoom takes m43 system to a new level
“The lens build is excellent, feels a bit hefty (heavier than 45mm f2.8 and 25mm f1.4), m.b. it’s just a different balance. Silky smooth zooming and focusing, it extends a bit but w/o any play. Sits well on G1 and, surprisingly, on a smallish G3.. Great low angle shots with shallow depth of field and ability to change POV on the fly.” – By BookWorm
Rating: ★★★★★

Panasonic Micro 4/3 12-35 mm lens
“This lens coupled with the OMD E-5 produced photographs as good as my Nikon D700 with fixed prime lens at a much lighter weight factor.. Best F stop range is 3.5 to 8 for absolute sharp photos from center to corners. Bokah is very good for the 2.8 f stop range. No noticable distortion from 24mm to 70mm blown up to 8×10, will try bigger sizes photos down the road but most photos are printed 5×7, and most people print 4×6 anyway.” – By Raymond S. Iorio
Rating: ★★★★★

Great lens overall. Excellent for video
“Kit zoom lens usually start around 28mm field of view (FOV). This starts at 24mm which means you are already equipped with a useful wide lens. At the long end, it’s a 70mm FOV. I generally shoot around 24mm to 50mm FOV, so I’m happy my range is covered. Anything extra is useful. The focal length and f/2.8 aperture is suitable for most general purposes. Minimum focal distance is 25cm. The AF speed is silent and fast.” – By Parka
Rating: ★★★★★

Sweet but beware the hype – see posted comparison photos
“The choice of materials and construction of the 12 to 35 are spectacular. It is a joy to hold and use. Obviously it is also a faster lens and I think offers sharpness over a broader range of f stops. I have taken my 14 to 140 into rain forest conditions for weeks at a time without ill effect but the additional quality and weather sealing of the 12 to 35 would be comforting if not necessary.” – By Tom North
Rating: ★★★★★

An Excellent Zoom; a Worthy Compromise
“great autofocus speed and accuracy on OM-D, very similar to the Leica 25 1.4; excellent color and contrast, although not quite as good as the Leica 25 1.4; useful zoom range, but would prefer slightly longer tele end aka 24-105 FF equivalent; usefully fast constant aperture; sharp wide open results, especially at the tele end, almost as good as primes mentioned above” – By Gear Addict
Rating: ★★★★☆

Big League Lens
“When I say quality I mean image and construction, this is a very well built and designed lens. While f2.8 doesn’t sound fast, when it is coupled with the Olympus M5 it is excellent in available light situations, even fully stopped down image quality is very good. During daylight the image quality and operation is superb.” – By M. J Bauer
Rating: ★★★★★

Remarkable zoom
“I also use om f2: 100, 55, 35 and original pen 60 and 40 with my omD-em5. I can honestly say that this zoom is the only zoom that can keep up with these primes. It is weather sealed and lightweight. If you only wanted to buy one lens, this zoom is it. You will not be disappointed.” – By Mojokielbasa
Rating: ★★★★★

surprisingly good
“You can’t expect miracles – even with IOS engaged and using a GH2 or an Olympus OM-D with built in stabilization, shoot movies without panning or you’ll experience mixed results. Like almost all models, there are some rolling shutter issues.
AF is startingly fast in bright light and still quite good at moderate and low light situations.” – By M. Torrey
Rating: ★★★★★

Very very nice
“The 12-35 2.8 is noticeably sharper, with better color and contrast and less chromatic aberration. The auto-focus is also faster and quieter.. I find that not using the OIS significantly increases the battery life of the G3, which is a big plus.” – By rocksteady
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Samples Images

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS Sample Photos

- Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS Sample Photos @ Flickr

- Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Manual

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS Features

The Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 Lumix G X Vario ASPH Power OIS has an equivalent (in 35mm format) 24-70mm zoom range with maximum aperture of f/2.8 that makes it suitable for professionals and enthusiasts alike who use full-frame cameras from a true wide-angle to a short telephoto focal length. The lens equipped with the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which effectively compensates for both small, fast movement and large, slow movement, making it easy to shoot extremely clear photos even in low-lit situations.

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It also offers variety of advanced features to enhance the images quality such as Nano Surface Coating that dramatically reduces ghosting and flare, Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion glass that minimizes chromatic aberration, and Ultra High Refractive glass to improve descriptive performance from corner to corner. Additionally, the lens has designed with splash-proof and dust-proof design that makes you won’t need to handle the lens with kid gloves, or put your camera away when a drop of rain falls.

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Features:

+ 12-35mm Zoom (Equivalent to 24-70mm)

+ Micro 4/3 Mount

+ Nano Surface Coating Reduces Flare/Ghost

+ POWER O.I.S. Image Stabilization

+ Splash- and Dust-Proof Design

+ UED Lens Minimizes Chromatic Aberration

+ Circular Aperture Diaphragm

+ Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture

+ Lightweight–10.8 oz

+ Compact–2.9×2.7″


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