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

(based on 196 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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5.0

A fabulous compliment to the GH5

By Joel Dude

from Sunderland, VT

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this to serve as my workhorse lens while I do video gigs using my GH5. This lens is FANTASTIC. The dual OIS with this lens and the IBIS on the GH5 make for some buttery smooth video, and I find that I can leave the glide cam at home more often than not. Would definitely recommend this one for anybody who needs a good all-rounder.

 
5.0

PERFECT SMALL WIDE-NORMAL ZOOM

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Perfect wide to normal zoom. Small Light Great Images. Perfect fit on Pen-F. Get Mk I version if you don't need Mk II features while on sale to clear inventory. Great BH Service. They are the Best.

 
5.0

I highly recommend this lens

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens to go with its father zoom counterpart. It's lightweight, crisp and easy to use. Having IOS on such a small lens makes for hand holding while filming great.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not great for video

By Timothy

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This lens is light, bright and sharp. It's great for stills photography but despite the HD emblem (meaning the lens is intended for video use), it's not great for video because-
1. Zoom and Focus rings aren't nicely dampened and smooth.
Many Lumix lenses have this problem. To get a decent grip on the zoom or focus ring, one must squeeze the ring slightly. The plastic ring cover gives a little when you grip and rotate the ring and causes the ring to stick making for a less than smooth focus or zoom.
2. The lens focus hunts in manual focus when zooming. Sounds strange but it's true! This is the deal breaker for me. I'm filming a stage play in manual focus. The focus plain doesn't change at f2.8 over 5 yds from the camera but when I zoom slightly - the lens starts to focus hunt and usually does a terrible job ending with an out-of-focus result. By the way - the Lumix 35-100mm f2.8 does this as well!
3. Apparently not up-gradable to Dual IS stabilization with my GH5
meaning that I may as well swap this lens out for an Olympus replacement with manual focus clutch and smooth focus ring.
4. Lens hood does not firmly attach and rotates easily pulling out of camera bag or gets bumped. Annoying.
It's a shame that Panasonic appear to have not addressed the focus hunting problem in manual focus mode with version 2.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy Panasonic 4/3 convert!

By Dan

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This a superb zoom lens, which i'm using on my GX85. The small form factor is awesome.

Bought it for video but am really enjoying shooting stills now

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect!

By Max Headroom

from Sonoma County

Verified Buyer

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

Received on Thursday, used on Friday and Saturday for a wedding paired with a G85. Great lens and camera combination. We went from bright light outside ceremony to a dark winery barrel room. I love the fact that I really don't have to use lights inside with this combination for the dinner, toasts, and reception moments. Photographer was going nuts with a video light just to get focus. Will probably pick up another one.

 
4.0

Great focus it will take time to getting use to

By Don Warbucks

from Brooklyn , New York

Verified Buyer

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

Takes time to get better focus on frontal objects and people but the aperture and clarity is great , great for film

 
5.0

Must-Have Lens

By Kelly

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A must-have for GH4 and GH5 owners. This is your 24-70 mm all around lens. Quite good image quality -- and this is compared to Zeiss and Canon glass. Really great image stability to the point I often don't have to use a tripod for some types of b-roll. This lens gets packed on almost all of my shoots.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

brutal

By Johnjairom

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

i like this lens

 
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

Verified Buyer

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

(9 of 9 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

Verified Buyer

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

(17 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not compatible with latest version of Dual IBIS 2

By Lawrence

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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.

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