Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • POWER O.I.S., Dual I.S. Compatible
  • Splash- and Dust-Proof Construction
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

Developed as a compact zoom that is ideal for travel, the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. from Panasonic is a Micro Four Thirds system lens that spans a versatile 24-120mm equivalent focal length range. Covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, the lens' design incorporates three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for increased clarity and image sharpness. Additionally, an apt POWER Optical Image Stabilization system compensates for the effects of camera shake and is also compatible with cameras featuring Dual I.S. for robust stability to benefit handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions. Further cementing its place as a versatile and ideal lens for photographers on-the-go, this 12-60mm lens sports a dust- and splash-proof construction for use in harsh environments.

Compatible with Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, this 12-60mm lens provides a 24-120mm equivalent focal length range that spans wide-angle to telephoto perspectives.
Three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element help reduce both spherical and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for improved sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
A POWER O.I.S. system minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. This image stabilization system is also compatible with the Dual I.S. function of select Panasonic cameras, which further employs sensor-shift type image stabilization for even more effective control of camera shake.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh quality to suit working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.
The splash- and dust-resistant construction benefits working in inclement conditions and harsh environments.
UPC: 885170280793
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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Lumix G Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 12 - 60mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on Micro Four Thirds Format Focal Length: 24 - 120 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 84.05° - 20.44°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
    Magnification 0.27x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.7
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.60 x 2.80" / 66 x 71 mm
    Weight 7.41 oz / 210 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.1 x 4.0"

    Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light weight zoom After I preordered this lens I saw reviews at ephotozine and photographyblog that indicated less than ideal performance. When I received the lens, I set up a lens test chart to compare the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm to my Sigma 60 mm and Lumix 42.5 mm. I expected to see poor results and to return the lens. To my surprise the Lumix G 12-60mm performance was excellent, very close to the prime lenses. I don't know if I have an exceptional copy or the published tests were done with pre-production samples, but I'm very pleased with this lens. Sample photos are included below.
    Date published: 2016-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens I have heard people complain about the price of this lens compared to other standard zooms that have been around for years. Their complaints are well grounded if some of the features this lens has don't appeal to you. For me, weather sealing is essential as is image stabilisation. This lens was the only one that had these two features in this price range that I could find. Would have been nice if it was a fixed f/2.8, but the price would have skyrocketed and placed the lens into the professional series. Image quality is great, no complaints in that department. The zoom range is very usable and if you need more there's always the built in tele converter in some panasonic cameras (although that comes with a hit to image quality). Keeping in mind I'm not a professional my eye might not pick up some of the issues with the image. Overall I have found nothing to complain about so far, but then again I have been using a 25mm prime for the last six months. Having the flexibility of a zoom is great.
    Date published: 2016-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fine Lens Up to now the core default lens on my Panasonic GX7 was the G Vario 1:3.5-5.6/14-42. I like it for being sharp, small and light. I was pleased to see Panasonic come out with an alternative of much increased 1:5 zoom range, the G Vario 1:3.5-5.6/12-60. While 20mm longer physically, it almost replaces three lenses. So there is less need for a gadget bag or change of lenses in mid action. The performance is easily on the level of the respectable 14-42, even exceeds it in my opinion. There are no issues with sharpness, distortion or color fringes. Even at full apertures the performance is already close to the maximum. The lens' length and diameter permit to support it firmly with the left hand for stability. The shortest focusing distance is 20 to 25 cm, depending on the focal length setting. At f 60 mm that translates into a smallest, frame filling object size of about 2 1/2 x 2 inches. That's already macro territory that sometimes demands manual focusing when one appreciates the very smooth action of the focusing ring. I have taken more than 300 photos so far and not discovered any weaknesses.
    Date published: 2016-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Decent After reading quite a number of negative reviews, I decided to take the plunge after B&H sent me some Panasonic lens promotions (thank you B&H!). I figured that the initial tests were probably pre-productions samples and that Panasonic would have probably fixed it by now. The MTF Chart looks pretty good (though not the only consideration) so could it be really that bad? I was debating between this and the 12-35 f2.8 as both are weather-sealed to match my GX8. In the end, however, I decided to choose the 12-60 for its price and purpose as an everyday lens since I have some primes already. As most m43 lenses go, the 12-60 gets sharper by a stop or two. I was hoping it won't look as mushy as the sample pictures from the ephotozine review... and it didn't disappoint me. At 12mm, the edges are acceptably sharp at f5.6 and at 60mm the edges are pretty sharp at f8.0. Comparing it with my PanaLeica 25mm at f5.6 it was pretty close. The build also doesn't scream plasticky but the zoom ring could be a little smoother. However, the maximum aperture starts pretty early... by 44mm you have already reached f5.6 (18mm f3.8, 25mm f4.5, 40mm f5.4). But then again it's not advertised as a fast lens anyway. All in all it's pretty good for its price and a good addition to a weather-sealed everyday walk lens in the Lumix lineup. It all boils down on your needs: Wide + More Reach + Weather-sealed... but slow = 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 Wide + Less Reach + Weather-sealed... but faster = 12-35mm f2.8 Wide + Less Reach but cheaper = 12-32mm f3.5-5.6
    Date published: 2016-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great general purpose zoom lens I will preface this review by saying I already have Panasonic's two f/2.8 Pro lenses (12-35 and 35-100), as well as an assortment of other prime and ultra-wide and long zoom lenses. So why did I pursue their new 12-60? Primarily because of its versatility. It has both wide angle and long reach in one lens, and its weather sealed, all without the fumbling around needed to change lenses. There are plenty of situations where it's just not practical or reasonable to change between the two Pro f/2.8 lenses (or primes for that matter), and this lens crosses the bridge between them nicely. Do I wish it were a faster lens with a constant aperture? Yes, absolutely. I realize Panasonic likely doesn't want to cannibalize the other two Pro lenses' markets. But even a constant f/4 on this lens would, in my mind, be a desirable improvement that likely wouldn't add too much weight or size. And I'd have been willing to pay more for that, too. It would have made this more on par with the Canon 24-105 L glass that comes kit with their pro cameras and that I used for years before switching to mirrorless and micro four-thirds. (Panasonic and Olympus, if you're listening, such a lens is at the top of many wish lists!) Wishful thinking aside, this lens does the job and it does it well. I'm pleased with the quality of photos it producesbut I also know its limitations and haven't tried to use it for shots I know it can't handle. When I need a basic camera set up and don't have the luxury of bringing a full kit with me, this lens does the job. When I need a faster aperture or know I'll want to isolate my subject from the background, this lens comes off. Frankly, I expect this lens will find itself attached to my camera better than half the time.
    Date published: 2016-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far so good I was leery about buying this lens because of some bad reviews but I am glad I did buy it--nice shots with it and for me it is the perfect zoom for what I use it for-- I use it on my Panasonic GX85 and for me it is the perfect combo
    Date published: 2016-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nearly Perfect This is my favorite walk-around lens zoom range. Wide enough and almost long enough for my needs. I like the 14-150 Olympus f/3.5-5.6 II, but it's just not wide enough. I know I can't have everything. The image quality of this lens has impressed me with sharp edge to edge at all focal lengths, with a minimum of chromatic aberration that Lightroom/Adobe Camera RAW and DxO Optics Pro 11 could easily correct. Barrel and pincushion distortion was also minimal. I shot mostly wide open or a 1/3 stop down and the lens produced impressive images. I'm using it on an Olympus OMD EM1 and auto focus seemed as good as OEM lenses. I didn't try focus tracking with: it's not well implemented in the EM1 and low light performance is slow--but that's the Olympus. On a Panasonic body I would think it would perform better. But for my needs the AF speed is adequate. And, the lens can close focus and is good for botanicals, but it's not macro. Color and contrast is excellent. It's light and compact, yet with a metal mount. I think I received a good copy. It comes with a petal-type hood. Panasonic as done a great job in the bayonet mount for the hood. I can attach it with minimal torque and it seats with little pressure when reversed for storage. I wish all hoods were this well designed. My only negative is that the zoom action has a rough spot, but I think that's typical of lenses in this price range and what prevents me from giving a 5-star rating. But this could be my copy. I would have liked a f/2.8-4, but it would have been larger and heavier. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2016-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good Lens Truthfully, I was a little frustrated when I bought the camera GX8 and came this lens included, I just wanted the body and had in mind another lens, but by making several photos I was amazed at how fast it is in focus and the great zoom has, I personally worked well for me day and night with good results, judge prematurely and if doubt is a good lens to come in a kit.
    Date published: 2016-08-16
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