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

(based on 92 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (66)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Durable (44)
  • Strong construction (39)
  • Consistent output (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (36)
  • Low light (36)
  • Video (35)
  • Weddings (26)
  • Night photography (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (16), Professional (15), Pro photographer (13), Semi-professional (7)
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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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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

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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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        5.0

        My new workhorse

        By KTG

        from Carlsbad, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Plain and simple, this thing is gonna be locked and loaded on my GH4 85% of the time. So far, it's great. Really loving it.

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            5.0

            AMAZING LENS

            By filmydude

            from Rochester NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This lens has blown me away. I'm using it with a BMPCC video camera and I couldn't be happier. It produces sharp crisp images with beautiful bokeh and reliable depth of focus.

            The only minor complaints I have is that the O.I.S. which is a must for handheld/shoulder mount shots could be a little better, and the infinite focus which is fantastic could be a bit "faster". However, both are still darn good at the price point.

            I might be picky as I'm used to using much higher end glass on better cameras for some projects, but this is my own run and gun rig so for the cost/purposes I'm willing to accept some sacrifice and so I think it's perfect.

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            4.0

            Great all-around lens for Micro 4/3

            By Vadim

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Long focus throw

              Best Uses

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

                This lens is a 24-70mm focal length equivalent for Micro 4/3 format, which is a good all-around range for most uses. I have been using it on my Panasonic GH4, and optically it's very sharp, even at f/2.8. It is also extremely lightweight and small, especially when compared to full-frame lenses. I am using it primarily for video.

                I mainly purchased this lens for the OIS feature, which works well for handheld shots. However, when the camera is mounted on a tripod, be sure to turn the image stabilization off, otherwise you may experience odd jello effects and image wobble when panning or tilting. Unfortunately, it is an issue with all Panasonic lenses and cameras that I have tried. Canon lenses that I have used previously do not seem to have that problem - you can leave the IS on with the Canon lenses, even when using a tripod for even more added stability. So, it's just a little disappointing, because it's annoying to constantly have to turn the OIS on and off throughout the day if you are on a run-and-gun type shoot that uses tripods, sliders and handheld shots.

                The only major downside of this lens, in my opinion, is that the focus is electronic and the focus throw on the lens barrel is very long, which makes it difficult to manually rack focus. You have to rotate the focus ring all the way around to rack focus from a nearby object to something off in the distance, which often requires more than one turn, making it difficult or sometimes even impossible to do in one continuous motion. Using some kind of a follow focus rig would probably help with that, but it sort of defeats the purpose of having such a small and lightweight setup on the GH4.

                Other than that, this is a fantastic lens that will stay on my camera probably about 90% of the time.

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                5.0

                Perfect for the Panasonic AF-100

                By Barta IV

                from Wake Forest, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                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):

                  This lens replaced my bulkier Olympus 14-35 and it was a wise decision. Not only smaller and lighter but it also includes excellent image stabilization. Also, the lens looks sharper and seems to be easier to focus. It is a Micro4/3 mount so it attaches to the Panasonic AF-100 without any adapter. This is my go-to lens for all my hand-held work.

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                  5.0

                  I am ecstatic, will recommend to all.

                  By "Dr. focus"

                  from Chicago,Il

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • 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):

                    I use this product, basically, to shoot films and videos. The 4k look is far greater than expected. I prefer the 24p format and the look renders good story telling more realistic than anything I have ever seen. The fact that all this power is so light weight, is a tremendous added bonus.

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                    5.0

                    Pana 12-35mm 2.8, an awesome lens.

                    By drshawaii

                    from hawaii

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

                    This lens is pretty close to perfect for the m43 format. Great stabilization and fast. I also have the 35-100mm which is another awesome lens and the Oly 45mm 1.8 an awesome portrait lens. Buy all of them. If I had to start with one lens I would take the 12-35mm just based on the focal length.

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                    5.0

                    Great Compliment to an INCREDIBLE camera

                    By jBone

                    from Florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Camera is amazing and the lens actually manages to improve on this!!!

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                        5.0

                        Fast and compact

                        By TK

                        from LA,CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

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

                          Great lens for most uses.
                          My go-to lens for most jobs
                          Fast and small
                          The autofocus is quick too.

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                          5.0

                          A MUST BUY for your new GH4!

                          By Matt

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Great Image Stabilization
                          • Incredibly sharp
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Dslr Filmmaking
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          If you own a GH4 (or any M43 Lumix Camera) just buy this lens. Amazing image quality. Incredibly sharp. Fantastic image stabilization.

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                          5.0

                          Wide Angle View of the Palouse, WA

                          By RBB

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I bought this lens for a recent trip to farms in eastern WA. What a delightful surprise! It not only worked for the broad expanse of fields of waving wheat, but for close ups of barns and derelict cars. It may become my new "walk around" lens.

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                            5.0

                            This is my EVERYTHING lens!

                            By JackC

                            from Jackson, MS

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Expensive

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I was aprhensive about this purchase because it's really expensive and I have really bad luck. But I wouldn't trade it for any other Panasonic lens. This is my main lens now for 90% of my work.

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                            5.0

                            A great all around lens

                            By Kai

                            from New York

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Video

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

                              It is lightweight and small. It build well.
                              The zoom ring is smooth. It is possible to do smooth zoom in and out during video. The focus ring is drived by wire, so it is very hard to do rack focus in video. That is a drawback of m4/3 lens. Focus is fast. It focus pretty close for a standard zoom lens. I was thinking purchase a macro lens. But I find I can get most of close up shot I want with this 12-35 lens.
                              OIS is better than my 35-100 f2.8.
                              Lens is sharp wide open. Video look great too.
                              It is surprising prone to flare. Contrast decline in backlight situation. It is quite obviously when I use this lens. I do not understand since it has special coating that is suppose to reduce flare.
                              Overall I am more happy with this lens than the 35-100 brother.
                              Price is reasonable around $1000.

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                              5.0

                              Run and Gun

                              By Johnny Rumors

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • 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):

                                Used with a GH3 and Edelkrone pocket rig for run and gun video, fantastic combo.

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                                4.0

                                Great Lens!

                                By Brett

                                from Wichita, KS

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                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 with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and am really enjoying it! The images are a little soft but nothing that can't be fixed in post.

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                                5.0

                                Phenomenal lens

                                By MtA

                                from New York, New York

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Architectural photography
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action

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

                                Sharp, clear and bright in an incredibly useful zoom range. Somewhat pricey, but you certainly get what you pay for. After considering the Olympus EM-1 I invested in a full Lumix GX7 system and couldn't be happier with my decision. I also purchased the 7-14mm variable aperture and the 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom which provides a continuous shooting range of 14-200mm equivalent.

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