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

(based on 187 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (96)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (81)
  • Durable (75)
  • Strong construction (66)
  • Consistent output (59)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (65)
  • Landscape/scenery (63)
  • Low light (56)
  • Weddings (48)
  • Night photography (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (35), Photo enthusiast (32), Pro photographer (26), Professional (15), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (124)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

I find that this lens's zoom is not very linear.

By Gordon

from Undisclosed

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

I'm not sure if I have a broken lens or what, but I find that this lens's zoom is not very linear. On the short end(24mm) it zooms out very fast, then slows down as you move towards the longer end(70mm) with a constant twist of the zoom ring. For photos it isn't that big of deal, but more noticeable and kind of weird with video.

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. Sharp, built well, and compact.

 
5.0

Superb Lens, a Little Heavy and Large

By Jeffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful lens. On Micro 4/3, this is a really nice focal length range with a bias toward the wideangle range. Resolution across the frame at all focal settings is excellent. I have not seen any noticeable geometric distortion over the entire zoom range. This lens is of all metal construction, so when I first started using it, I was surprised how heavy it felt on a Lumix GX7. This lens is larger then other lenses in the Lumix system of similar focal range. But then, that is the price to pay for a fixed f/2.8 aperture.

 
5.0

super smooth

By Douglas

from undisclosed

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

The counter-weight system is perfect. Great design.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Collin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent lens, great quality. Heavy though

 
5.0

Solid lens

By Earl

from Undisclosed

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

Great lens, sharp throughout.

 
5.0

light

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

this lens excellent all round

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp, versatile and a pleasure to use...

By Edward

from Undisclosed

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

Of all the micro four thirds lenses I’ve purchased, this 12-35 f2.8 has become one of my favorites and is certainly the most versatile lens I own. With the equivalent focal length coverage of a 24-70mm lens on a full-frame 35mm body, the field of view spans the range needed for wide-angle landscapes or intimate portraits. The fixed max aperture of f2.8, while not crazy fast, is perfect for an all-purpose workhorse like this. Indeed, most of the time, THIS is the lens I leave on my primary camera body.

Word of warning: Panasonic’s G X Vario lenses (this lens and its “sister” lens: the 35-100 f2.8 telephoto zoom) are both heavier and larger than most lenses available for the micro four thirds format. These lenses are clearly targeted at enthusiasts and professionals, and larger bodies like Panasonic’s GH series and the Olympus E-M1. Still, when comparing this lens to equivalent products from competing manufacturers, it never ceases to amaze me just how light and compact it actually is (place it next to Nikon’s or Canon’s 24-70mm offerings and you’ll see what I mean).

The action of both the zoom and focus rings are smooth as silk, and the lens is sealed from both moisture and dust. Sadly, the focus is “by-wire” – the focus ring is electronically rather than mechanically linked to the lens’s focusing elements, so there are no hard stops at the extreme ends of the focusing range. Still, this is true of just about every Panasonic lens (and most of Olympus’s) and really only becomes an issue for cinema-style video shooters (who should probably be working with dedicated cinema lenses anyhow).

In short: this lens is fantastic. With its useful focal length range, substantial build quality and fast fixed aperture, you’ll be reserving a place for it in your camera bag for years to come.

FINAL NOTE: Out of the box, this lens will not work with Dual IBIS 2 (Panasonic’s latest in-body image stabilization), although Panasonic has officially stated that it will gain compatibility with this feature via a firmware update sometime in 2017. If that holds true, the only exclusive feature which this model’s successor (the 12-35mm f2.8 II) has is a “freeze-proof” design.

 
5.0

Wonderful lens.

By Kenneth

from undisclosed

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

Very good lens with great contrast and definition

(16 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not compatible with latest version of Dual IBIS 2

By Lawrence

from Undisclosed

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

Panasonic bodies such as G85 and the new GH5 have a second generation IBIS, 5 axis, and offer an advanced Dual IBIS 2 with compatible lenses. Unfortunately, this lens is NOT fully compatible for Dual IBIS 2. For full compatibility, need to wait for v.II of this lens which was just announced (Jan. 2017) for release in March 2017. Wish Panasonic would make this much more clear on such an expensive lens.

 
5.0

Fantastic lens !

By GaryR

from Tempe, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens on a Olympic OMD10 in place of the 14-41 that it came with and it makes a whole new camera to me. The OMD10 is great in places like museums where flash is not allowed, don't want to carry a great big camera and with the f2.8 opening it makes it like a whole different camera. The ISO does not need to be nearly as high since it has the f2.8. It is tack sharp, great focus, good size and overall a great lens. I used used it in a butterfly exhibit and the quick focus and f2.8 really helped as it was a very overcast day.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great all purposes lens

By Guillermo Marcelo

from Undisclosed

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

I was looking for an everyday lens to avoid carrying the camera bag with other lenses. Considering that I mostly take urban and landscape photography (as an amateur) this proved to be an excellent sharp lens with great focal lenght for its purpose. Sharpness is maximized 2-Stops over the maximum, however, at f/2.8 great results can be obtained. 

My only complaint of this lens is flare when shooting in hard light. It is not a deal breaker of course but it is there and needs to be fixed in post.

You can check the images below to get your own conclusions.

 
4.0

A good quality lens

By Jeff in Baldwin

from Baldwin, MD

Verified Buyer

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

I spent awhile looking at reviews before buying this lens. It is well made and after receiving it was seemed larger and heavier than I had anticipated. I did some comparison shots against some other zoom lenses I have it proved to be optically better than what I had previously. And yet I was still of mixed opinion regarding keeping the lens. The issue is size and weight, and yes I know it is way smaller and lighter than an equivalent lens for APS-C or even the Olympus, but on my GX85 it still feels large and heavy. My favorite lens for Micro 4/3 is the Panny/Leica 15mm 1.7 and this lens is a beast size and weight wise compared to that. But it is a pretty good lens so I will be keeping it and hope I get more accustomed to the weight and size.

 
5.0

"Flagship" walk around lens for Panasonic

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This really is a workhorse, walk around, keep on the camera most of the time lens. The range is super useful, although another few mm on the long end might be nice. The zoom and focus rings are super smooth. Given the constant 2.8 aperture, I think the lens is exceptionally small and light. I find this lens far more comfortable to handle than the Olympus 12-40, despite that being an excellent lens in its own right. Image quality is exceptional.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Nelson

from undisclosed

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

Awesome

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The perfect starter lens with the GH4!

By Peyton

from undisclosed

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

Perfect for a wide angle shot with a little zoom for versatility.

 
5.0

Sharp. OIS. Light. Reasonably fast. I love it!

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

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

Sharp with image stabilization and reasonably fast. What more do you want? Light and well built? It's that too! This is a great lens!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must own if you have a BMPCC Camera.

By David

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

Great Piece of glass, it pairs perfectly with my BMPCC, a good variable ND filter is a must own if you're planning to shoot outside. The lens peak in sharpness at around f4, has a decent amount of bookeh.

 
5.0

I am delighted with this lens.

By Dion

from San Luis Arizona

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

I am 4 years old using Lumix cameras and lenses. In all this time I bought several lenses with small openings because I did not want to spend a lot of money. Over the years I got the desire to improve the quality of the images I made in places closed in low light, such as churches. So I had no choice but to buy the 2 zooms with 2.8, and I took a very pleasant surprise. For a start it's a wonder that they can work with so little light, then I loved that when zooming it did not obscure the image as in the zooms with 3.5-5.6 aperture .... INCREDIBLE !!! And to finish, when the zoom is very swift sliding. I am delighted.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would

By Mykhailo

from undisclosed

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

Cant get any better than this with GH4 Camera that I purchased with it. Highly suggest

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