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Panasonic35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (36)
  • Durable (25)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
  • Easily interchangeable (17)
  • Strong construction (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Video (12)
    • Low light (11)
    • Wildlife photos (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (8), Professional (7), Semi-professional (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A must have lens in the micro 4/3rds bag

    About 6 months ago I sold my Canon 5D Mark II and a complement of L glass lenses. Why? Size, weight and the arrival of its replacement--an Olympus OM-D E-M5. I...Read complete review

    About 6 months ago I sold my Canon 5D Mark II and a complement of L glass lenses. Why? Size, weight and the arrival of its replacement--an Olympus OM-D E-M5. I shoot primarily in the outdoors of the upper Midwest, the Lake Superior basin. The weight and features of the Oly OM-D and its complement of lenses made the switch a no brainer.

    This Pany zoom replaced my Canon "L" 70-200mm f4.0 lens, and I have not been disappointed. The lens is lightweight and easily fits my small shoulder bag along with the camera and the Oly 12mm and 45mm prime lenses.

    I shoot a lot of landscape shots with the 35-100mm zoom range, which may seem an atypical use for a mid-range zoom. However, this zoom range helps to create a great canvas backdrop for isolating the subjects in nature and scenic views.

    I have found this zoom lens to be bright and sharp through its entire zoom range. On the Oly OM-D, I turn off the lens image stabilization and rely on the 5-axis OM-D body stabilization (lens and body stabilization are not needed and do not not enhance sharpness). Center sharpness (handheld) throughout its range is fantastic. There is some fall-off at the edges, but nothing excessive.

    Autofocusing is very quiet, and manual focusing is smooth and impressive.

    In conclusion, this zoom is a micro four-thirds must. Its build quality, zoom range, size and performance have led to my use with a frequency beyond my initial expectations.

    Any cons, oh yes, price--but, admittedly worth it for the performance delivered.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointing

    Bought this lens to go with the 12-35, which is a very good lens. This was sharp at the center, but never got sharp across the frame at any aperture. Maybe I...Read complete review

    Bought this lens to go with the 12-35, which is a very good lens. This was sharp at the center, but never got sharp across the frame at any aperture. Maybe I got a bad sample, but at this price I should not have to do the QC. Returned.

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    5.0

    Perfect for the Panasonic AF-100

    By Barta IV

    from Wake Forest, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

      A beautiful, crisp, lightweight lens. This replaced my very heavy Olympus 35-100. Plus, the addition of the stabilizer makes the handheld shots look that much better. I wish it had a start and stop focus range instead of continuos and a hard case, but for the price and the look, it is fantastic.

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      5.0

      Exactly the lens I've always wanterd

      By Photopix

      from Seattle

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

        This mid range telephoto zoom lens gives me the perfect options for taking pictures discretely. It's sharp and light weight. I love that it's f/2.8 which allows me a wide range of lighting conditions. I'm thrilled with the results.

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        5.0

        Great quality in a tiny package

        By halfpress

        from Sweet Briar, Va

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

          Very nice build quality, good action on the zoom/focus and positive tiny compared to the Canon L equivalent lens I've used in the past. Really a joy to work with on my GH4.

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          5.0

          70-200 2.8 after capture by headhunters

          By phlash46

          from Montrose, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

            Smaller, lighter, cheaper but just as sharp as the famed 70-200 by Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma without the small DOF. Very sharp and great colors. The Oly in body VR/IS/OS /VC is spectacular; no need for the lens IS.

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            5.0

            A quality lens

            By prhaskell

            from Vermont

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • NONE
            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

            I've had the Lumix 12-35 mm lens for a year. The 35-100 seems to be of the same excellent quality.

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            4.0

            A great photo lens. OIS bad fro video.

            By Kai

            from New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                Optical is just as good as the 12-35 brother.However I am not as satisfied as with the 12-35 lens.The main reason is the OIS. When handheld, it produce some weird vibration in the footage. It does not look pleasing in video. I first thought I got a bad copy. But after tried second copy, it produce same effect. Kind disappointed of the OIS. It has no impact on photo side. But for video, it is definitely a drawback. The 12-35 has better OIS. Focus is slower than 12-35, especially at 100mm end. Also note that it is same as 12-35 that it focus by wire, so not good for rack focus in video.Don't get me wrong. It has great optical. Nice build. And it is so small and lightweight. But I feel more satisfied with the 12-35 brother.And the price is higher too. Now it is almost $....

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                4.0

                Nice lens, compact

                By stvk

                from Philadelphia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                  To have a 70-200 f/2.8 equivalent lens that's so small is amazing. Image quality is also very good, although the limits of the 4/3rds sensor does affect the depth of field so it's not likely shooting on a full frame.

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                  5.0

                  Expensive, but worth the money.

                  By digitaladam

                  from MA

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                      Excellent image quality in the frame center,
                      Good image quality on the edge of the frame,
                      Very well corrected chromatic aberration,
                      Low spherical aberration,
                      Fast and silent autofocus,
                      Very good image stabilization
                      This is expensive lens but is worth it.
                      I use it on my GX7 and it produces excellent pictures.

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                      5.0

                      A supurb, tiny, lightweight,fast lens.

                      By Bob

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      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

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

                        Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                        I finally broke down and orderd this lens. When it came I was very impressed by it's build quality, and smooth operation. I wanted a small, portable lens that could be used in relatively low light. This lens fits that perfectly.I immediately tested the lens as I always do, and was really impressed by the image quality. This lens is as good as any zoom lens I've ever owned, and that includes the legendary Olympus 50~200.This little jewel takes a back seat to no one. On the pricey side, but it just proves that you get what you pay for I guess.

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                        5.0

                        Versatile, High-quality Lens

                        By Scott Carlin

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                          As with most of the other Lumix lenses that I own, this one does not disappoint. The versatile focal range, fast focus, wide aperture, image stabilization, and quality build make this a must-have lens for any MFT kit. I use it on the GH3 for still photos and video. I have yet to find a weakness in this lens. I keep this one on one GH3 body, and the equally impressive 12-35 f/2.8 on the other GH3 body for nature and landscape work, providing everything I need.

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                          5.0

                          Pro quality in a small package

                          By Jan

                          from Rome, Italy

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • NOTHING

                          Best Uses

                          • For Any Field Use

                          Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                          This lens has internal focus and zoom function, which is a plus. As an editorial freelance photographer I have already shot a bit with the new lens and find it superb in sharpness, bokeh and handling. A top pro lens!

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                          5.0

                          Creamy Bokeh

                          By Matt

                          from Findlay, OH

                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                            This is a nice lens in the Panasonic GH lineup. Looking for a telephoto for the GH series? Pick this one up.

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                            4.0

                            Great lens

                            By Marijke

                            from San Francisco, CA

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                              I use this lens mostly for filming. And it does a nice job although I use my 12-35 mm more.

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                              5.0

                              Great lens

                              By rlstolz

                              from Keene, NY

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                This fast telephoto zoom offers the highest quality available in M43 for the short to mid telephoto range. It's a pricey lens so you will want a good reason to buy it. If you can leverage the advantages of speed, convenience and superb image quality then the high cost will be worth it. If not, you can buy the Olympus 40-150 or one of the similar Panasonic zooms and spend the other thousand dollars on something else! I own, and use, several lenses within this focal length range but having it all in one lens that is exceptionally sharp and fast allows me to get shots I would otherwise miss. For me, it's a good value.

                                This lens is excellent wide open and the stabilizer allows it to be handheld for action shots in less light than would otherwise be possible. I use it wide open much of the time. I use this lens on my GH3 and my E-M1 bodies and it performs beautifully on both. In-lens stabilization works well on the GH3 but I find the E-M1's IBIS to be slightly better when I use that body. I always look at lens specs but in the end a really good lens stands out without any need for numbers and this is one of those lenses.

                                This is a fairly large and heavy lens for M43 but considering the f2.8 aperture, it is actually quite compact. The construction is VERY solid and with its weather sealing it is suitable for demanding professional use. Paired with the Lumix 12-35 f2.8 zoom (or the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 if in-lens IS is not needed) you can cover a lot of photographic situations with a couple of very high quality lenses. I also carry the Lumix 7-14 f4.0 for complete coverage on the wide end. None of these lenses is cheap but they do offer top image quality.

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                                4.0

                                Good not great

                                By Czech

                                from Honolulu

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Sharp

                                Cons

                                • See Above
                                • See Below

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Traveling
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                Work horse lens in replacement system to DSLR system. Does not blow out background like DSLR equivalent.

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                                4.0

                                Excellent choice for low-level light!

                                By Steve

                                from Stoughton, WI

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                  With f/2.8, this lens is an excellent choice for low-level light and expands the range of light conditions for use with this versatile camera. This lens also bridges tht gap between lower focal length lenses and the versatile 100-300 mm lens with its equivalent focal length of 200-600 mm. Great choice as an excellent lens, but rather pricy.

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                                  4.0

                                  Bread & Butter Lens

                                  By Ben Jobe

                                  from Arcata, CA

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                    I'm primarily a videographer and I use this lens a lot on concerts, weddings, interviews, and commercial work. It's fast and sharp wide open with nice bokeh. I love the range with the 2x crop factor on my camera (it's an effective 70-200mm lens) The constant aperture is a treat. The construction feels solid. The OIS makes it easy to get sharp, in-focus shots on the go. The sharpness and color on this lens is great. I love the images it makes. I also like that the barrel doesn't extend when I use the zoom. (it's twin, the 12-35mm, which I own, has a barrel that extends when zoomed, but other than that it's nearly identical in quality and usefulness). Just about the only drawback to this lens is it has an infinity focus ring, meaning that the focus ring spins and spins endlessly without any hard stops. This makes it very hard to use with a follow focus for racking focus video shots, or for night sky long exposures (hard to know exactly where infinity focus is when shooting 30 second shutters). However, I knew that going into this deal so it's not a huge disappointment. Overall, it's a valuable lens in my kit and I'd definitely recommend it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Expensive, but Excellent

                                    By Amudgarden

                                    from Phoenix, MD

                                    About Me Professional

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • Expensive

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Casual
                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Home
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                    I use my MFT set for casual shooting (i.e. walk-around at amusement parks, family functions, travel, etc...), and the 35-100 is probably the most heavily used lens I own. With its 70-200 35mm comparability and light weight/portability, its flexibility in delivering pretty much any shot I need is superb. It's so easy to carry along mounted on the EM1, or stashed away in my shoulder bag.

                                    It's image quality shouldn't be compared to the Nikon 70-200 VRII...the size, weight, and price are in a different range than this little guy. Apples and oranges. That said, the Panasonic 35-100 delivers reliably crisp images. Wide open, the edges are still very sharp, any softness or light falloff is barely noticeable, if even present at all. Stopped down to f/4 or f/5.6 the image looks perfectly rendered. Nice contrast, no noticeable aberration or diffusion down to f/8, even in high contrast situations.

                                    This lens is an all around great performer. Physically mounts and dismounts with the ease that has made MFT so popular. Opened up, it's plenty fast to get stopped action at sporting events, if you're close enough.

                                    The only slight hitch to this excellent piece of equipment is the price. It's not cheap. But, if it fits within your budget, it is a lens well worth it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Must own lens for GH3 video applications

                                    By homerc67

                                    from Dallas, TX

                                    About Me Professional

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                      I purchased this lens with the idea of using it occasionally on my GH3 as my main video camera during weddings and needed the reach that this lens offers, now I only want to use my GH3 as my main camera and let my AC-90 serve as a lock off cam. The reach and detail of this lens is outstanding, with the GH3's Ex Tele conv mode you can really get in close when needed and still have a steady shot on a modest tripod. This lens is really making me consider another GH3 and ditching traditional video cameras, it's that good.

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                                      5.0

                                      Amazing!

                                      By Gintas

                                      from Boston, MA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Sharp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Home
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Studio
                                        • Traveling
                                        • Videography

                                        Comments about Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens:

                                        This is the best zoom lens I've ever used. I should admit I've never used any pro level zoom lenses such as 70-200mm f2.8 for Nikon or Canon, so I can't compare. I've only used lenses like Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 on Nikon D200 or Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm that came with GH1 or Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 that came with GH2 body. None of them come even close to this one.
                                        The Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 is fast to focus. Not only it gives me shalow depth of field when I want, but also has a very nice colors. Photos and videos are very sharp. I was also looking at Olympus 75mm f/1.8 before buying this one, mainly since it has a wider aperture which is good in low light, but then I wouldn't have image stabilization, since I use Panasonic GH2. Lens not only produces beautiful shots, but also feels solid and light. It is also quite small and I like that it zooms inside.

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