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PanasonicLumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 107 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (72)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (55)
  • Durable (53)
  • Strong construction (46)
  • Consistent output (38)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (43)
  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Low light (38)
  • Weddings (30)
  • Night photography (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (19), Professional (15), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The take-it-anywhere lens

I bought this lens as an alternative to the Olympus 12-50 to be used as an all-around lens to use when traveling or going on photo walks. For that purpose it's perfect; it's...Read complete review

I bought this lens as an alternative to the Olympus 12-50 to be used as an all-around lens to use when traveling or going on photo walks. For that purpose it's perfect; it's weather sealed, it's small (compared to the full frame equivalents), it's much sharper and faster than the Olympus 12-50.

Sure, if, a could get everything I would have wanted it a bit faster, say 1.8, to compensate for the greater depth of field you get with a m4/3 camera. f/2.8 on what in reality is a very wide to wide-normal lens isn't really enough to isolate you subject from the background unless you get really close up but then again, if this is your need you should probably not use a crop factor camera at all. And yes, it's expensive for a m4/3 lens but not really when compared to the same type of lens for Canon or Nikon, and consider what you get for the money.

This lens, a longer zoom like the 45-200 (or the 35-100 if you can afford it) and a faster prime such as the Panasonic 25mm 1.4 or the Olympus 45mm 1.8 is really all that you need for taking the 99% of photos you ever going to take (and I say that as a working photographer that use this equipment for paid jobs as well).

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Not Ready for Video

This is a great lens IF your purpose is photography only. If you are a videographer/filmmaker, then look elsewhere.

When I switched from the Canon 5d to M43 format, I'd...Read complete review

This is a great lens IF your purpose is photography only. If you are a videographer/filmmaker, then look elsewhere.

When I switched from the Canon 5d to M43 format, I'd hoped that this lens would replace the heavy beast that is my Canon 24-70mm f2.8. I quickly realized that it wouldn't work for several reasons.

1. When zooming in and out, the aperture adjusts to the 4 focal lengths...i.e...this lens is NOT stepless. That means that if you attempt to do a pop-zoom or even a regular zoom while filming the image will darken or brighten (depending which way you are zooming). It looks like you are opening up or stopping down the aperture. It's not a fluid opening or closing like the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 but abrupt adjustments like clicking the aperture open or closed. I shoot a lot of handheld comedy and sometimes want to be able to execute a "pop-zoom" for effect. You can certainly do it with this lens but it won't look good.

2. Panasonic hasn't figured out the OIS yet. Despite updating the software in the GH3 for this lens, it still exhibits an odd jittering effect to the image at random points in time. It's really noticeable when you've got the camera locked down on a tripod. I learned this the hard way as it ruined several of my shots. The image is nice and then it suddenly jitters for a couple seconds. The latest firmware only seemed to make things worse. Again, this is a video issue and not a stills issue.

If your objective is photography it's a great lens. Super sharp, nice build quality. However, if you're wanting to use it for filmmaking--avoid it. It should also be noted with regard to DOP (shallow) that on a MFT sensor a lens that is a 2.8 looks more like a 5.6 on a full-frame sensor with regard to DOP. So if you want that shallow depth of field look while filming...2.8 on a MFT sensor is not fast enough...and I know that DOP can be controlled by many factors like distance...just trying to compare the two.

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3.0

Don't use for follow focus

By covenc

from Boulder, CO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

      Great lens for photo work, but if you want to mount a follow focus system it won't work. The focus ring is electronically based. This means that if you turn the ring a quarter turn to place your subject in focus, it won't necessary be a quarter turn back to the original starting location. I purchased a follow focus system for this lens and immediately ran into problems trying to mark off focus locations on the focus ring. they kept changing. If you want to use a follow focus system, buy an older mechanically based lens.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Oswego

      from Spokane

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

      I've most been using it for video and it's fantastic. I haven't used it for much photography, but what I've gotten out of it was amazing.

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      4.0

      Great still lens..

      By Blue Voyage TV

      from Savannah, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Lens Cap Is Useless

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

        I use GH4 for video with metabones speedbooster. I needed to do hdr timelaps sunrise and sunset shots. This lens was highly recommended. It did deliver. I will not use this for video. Metabones speedbooster is a must for GH4. But, for stills and timelaps where you need camera to control your lens settings.. this is it.

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        4.0

        love this lens

        By don

        from fresno CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

            Just bought GH4 for Video use. Love this lens. Only drawback was that it does not have motorized zoom.

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            5.0

            Great Look & Feel

            By mannyquinn

            from san diego, ca

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

              Feels very smooth & durable. I have been loving the images it has been producing.

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              5.0

              Perfect lens for the GH3/GH4/AF100

              By Creative Jedi

              from Des Moines, Iowa

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Interviews
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Product photos
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                I shoot a lot of video interviews, talking heads, etc., among other things such as still product photography. This is an excellent general purpose lens for Panasonic cameras such as the AF100, GH3 and GH4. I've been using Nikon lenses with an adaptor, but there is just no substitute for the lens really "talking" to the camera the way this lens does on the Panasonic cameras, even when shooting full manual almost all of the time. And the f2.8 all the way through the zoom range is wonderful compared with the variable (and smaller) apertures of the more "kit" lenses. If this seems like a lot to spend to you, rest assured that it is more than worth it when you are shooting, especially in light-challenged environments or when you just want a nice shallower depth of field (as we all usually do).

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                4.0

                Good Glass

                By ibmradio

                from Clyde, Ohio

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                Sharp and wide. Great for all Micro 4/3 cameras. I do wish it was f1.8 or f1.4. That would really help when shooting indoors, but that being said it is a nice lens.

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Blue J

                from Spokane Valley, Washington

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                  Having a low f-stop helps with bokeh effects and low light shooting. The lens is small, light and compact. Panasonic touches their lenses with a blue steel overcoat and red lettering, creating a beautiful product. I use the lens when I need auto fucusing for quicker shots (both photographs and video). Keeping the 2.8 f stop through the zoom is bonus. Other wise I use a prime lens if there is time to set up shots. I recommend the Panasonic line of Lumix G X Vario lenses to anyone using a Lumix camera.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent !

                  By WL

                  from NYC

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                  Clean and responsive. Very pleased

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Video

                  By Cale the Graphic Designer

                  from Victoria, TX

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                    This lens is tack sharp and has just amazing continuous auto focus that makes my video work much easier. It's also the best built micro 4/3 lens I've got my hands on to date which is certainly justified by the price tag. Thing is built like a tank. That said for a micro 4/3 lens it's "heavy" just not heavy enough to list it as a con. I've only briefly used this lens for photography as I'm mainly using this with a gh4 for video work but it functions excellent there as well. Just maybe not as sharp as some of the prime lenses available.

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                    5.0

                    Workhorse. Sharp and Stable

                    By cyclekraft

                    from Fort Collins, CO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                    As the title states, this lens is a workhorse in the sense that it is sharp, focuses quickly and quietly and works like lenses twice its price.

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                    5.0

                    Great walk around lens

                    By Al in Philly

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Sharp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                      I've been using this lens for about 18 months now and it never fails to impress. It's quick focusing, feels good, and offers nice sharp contrast. The lens' only drawback is that a 12mm and f/2.8 you do get some chromatic aberrations, as one might expect, but they are easily correctable in Photoshop. Unless I'm just doing street or indoor shooting w/o flash it's a lens which I take with me everywhere. I bought it when it was newly released, and thus paid top dollar for it, but I've gotten every penny out of this lens, and more.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By Ryan

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                        Super quick to focus and very sharp. This is a truly great lens. If you're ued to a 24-105 or a kit zoom then you might find yourself wishing it had a bit more reach, but it's a great standard zoom in a fantastically small and light package. And the stabilization is crucial for video and this is one of only two fast standard zooms that I know of with such a feature. Macro distance is impressive too.

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                        5.0

                        Good product.

                        By BluReview

                        from Little Rock

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                        Quality-built, picture looks great.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens for the GH4

                        By Austin A

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                        I'm using this lens for all things video and find it to be crisp on the GH4. The image stabilization works well and the zoom range is enough to complete the camera as a kit package for interviews and b-roll. It does not have the best low light, focusing or noise, but accompany it with an A7S and you will be dugdale certified ready to go!

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                        5.0

                        Best go-to lens for GH4

                        By Simon

                        from Bogota, Colombia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                          I bought this lens at the same time I bought the GH4 and I don't regret it. It's fast, it's precise and it produces amazing quality images.
                          Wonderful equivalent to 24-70mm in the 35mm world.
                          Already getting used to it more than to my Canon lenses.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens!

                          By Paulp

                          from Beverly Hills

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                          Excellent photos from this amazing lens!

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By BxD

                          from Rochester, NY

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                          This is exactly what was needed to accompany my GH3 to allow us to make better video productions at school. It is very well built and I'm pretty sure it will last a LONG TIME. Do be sure to turn off OIS if using a tripod though.

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                          5.0

                          No need for primes

                          By Chris in Santa Monica

                          from Santa Monica, California

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                            I use this lens with the GH4. This lens has far exceeded my expectations… and my expectations were very high. The images are sharp and contrasty, can't get much better really. I was a guest at a wedding recently and just snapping casual pics, they were so good many of the bridesmaids and even the bride used my photos for their Facebook profile pic. Good in low light. Great image stabilization. Image stabilization works great for video. This is a good video lens. I shot a quick and casual video of Halloween trick or treating in the dark and it turned out great.
                            At this price point many of you are probably debating whether to get this lens or a set of primes. I have always been a prime shooter because I value absolute image quality (I had Canon 85/1.8, 35/1.4L, and the sharpest lens I ever owned the 135/2.0L). Honestly, I cannot tell the difference between those Canon primes and the Panny 12-35. And the TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE of the zoom in my mind negates any slight advantage the primes have. Plus, on a Panny body the 12-35's image stabilization will absolutely negate any perceived image quality advantage of primes. And I was surprised how small and light this professional 2.8 lens is. It's small! I carry this lens on my GH4 as my every day carry camera just walking around in life. So bottom line, if you are looking for the best standard everyday lens to have on your panasonic body, this is it. You will not be disappointed. I live in sunny southern California, so I will probably add the Panasonic 14-140ii for a beach and surfing lens only because of the extra reach and the fact that on bright sunny days at the beach there is no need for 2.8. However, we are leaving for six weeks vacation to New York and New England in November/December and I only want to take one lens… so it will be the 12-35 2.8. There is pretty much no situation where this lens is not great. When I win the lottery I will probably splurge on one of those wacky Voigtlander f/0.95 lenses just for giggles. But with the 12-35 there really is no need.
                            Regarding bokeh: you can absolutely get nice bokeh with this lens. No it's not full frame, but it's fine. Just zoom in to 35mm and put a little distance behind your subject. See photo attached.
                            Best lens i've owned and I'm including the Canon primes in there (they're just not flexible enough).
                            Pick up an extra shift at work for a month and buy this lens. You will have no regrets. And I think it will hold its value well.
                            No-brainer.

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                            5.0

                            replace the kit lens

                            By document life

                            from east palo alto, ca

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Useful range
                            • Versitile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 (Black):

                              great replacement for the kit lens that came with my gh2. on most of the time unless I switch to a prime. Want the 35-100 now...NOW

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