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

(based on 161 reviews)

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98%

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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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

Raised the Bar

By Kaleigh

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

I wasn't sure what to expect with this little lens. It feels lighter and cheaper, which is scary, but it is so not! Excellent quality and consistent picture even while zooming. I even saw reviews that said differently, but this really takes the cake! I'm more impressed that I expected to be.

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5.0

Just what I needed

By Kaleigh

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

Small, lightweight, & sooooo much stabilization. It's everything i was looking for. Such a versatile lens.

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5.0

Just what I needed

By Kaleigh

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

Small, lightweight, & sooooo much stabilization.

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5.0

Great Lens!

By JK

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of two excellent products in wide angle zooms for Micro

By BillNBPT

from Boston

Verified Buyer

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

Before deciding I rented this lens and the Olympus 12-40mm zoom. I took about 150 pictures with each using a tripod and matching the settings (aperture, focal length, ISO) for each side by side shot. After viewing the images side by side on a 27" iMac Retina it seemed like a dead heat. Bottom line:
Olympus: Yay: a little more rugged, focus ring that locks in a rotation range for manual focusing, a little more zoom range, beautiful colors and sharp. Nay: heavier/bulkier, lens shade has spring clips and is 4 piece construction (rental lens shade came apart and had to be reassembled). Lens function button doesn't work on a Lumix body. No stabilization built in so you need body with stabilization.
Lumix 12-35mm: Yay: lighter but still well built, lens shade is easy to mount/dismount by rotating a 1/4 turn till locked, beautiful colors and sharp. Has built in stabilization. Nay: Focus ring turns either way without limits/range.

Bottom line: you will get beautiful pictures with either lens.

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4.0

Good all around lens

By abe

from san diego

Verified Buyer

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

this lens is great to take with you without having to take other lens. I was looking for a lens that I can use for mostly everything. Im not a professional photography but working on it.

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5.0

Loving it so far

By Tony from NS

from Canada

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

I'm using this lens with the GH4 and so far so good. I started using this combination after three years with the 5Dm3 and Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 so as you can imagine I feel like I'm playing with a kids toy but the video quality doesn't feel cheap. The lens is well built, it does have a kind of plastic feel to it, so I treat it a little more carefully than some other lenses, and unless I drop it on to a hard surface I will continue to use this lens and camera together on a lot of video gigs but will stick with the 5D/Tamron for photo gigs.

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4.0

Using for Video

By Tyler

from Chicago, IL

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 the Panasonic GH4. I use it primarily for video. So far it has been great. Its a little hard to adjust to a 360 degree focus ring coming from lenses that have a physical stop at its closest and farthest focusing points. I wish it had focal length numbers on it for nailing focus at certain distances quickly. Good lens, good quality. Definitely worth it.

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5.0

Great all-around lens!

By Photo29

from Colorado

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

This is one of the top three zoom lenses to get for the Panasonic Lumix line. I used to use Nikon as a pro and had a 17-55 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 zooms in my regular DX kit. This lens is effectively a 24-70mm zoom on 35mm scale. The speed, sharpness and color are fantastic. Weather resistance is a plus, especially with the GX8 which also has weather sealing. Dual OIS with GX8 is incredible. One thing of note...when I started making the switch to mirrorless, I decided on Panasonic due to similar menu and control layout as my Nikons. I've tried Olympus, but the menus and buttons were way to foreign for my muscle memory of decades of Nikon use. All Panasonic zooms also rotate clockwise to zoom in (same as my old Nikons), whereas Olympus zooms the opposite direction. It was easy to convert to Panasonic until I purchased an Olympus zoom (9-18mm) and kept zooming the wrong direction! I am planning on selling it and getting the Pany 7-14 instead. Lesson learned: for previous Nikon owners, get Panasonic zoom lenses for Lumix M43 cameras.

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5.0

Image Stabilization: Perfection

By VVideo

from New York

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

A great little run-around lens. Small enough to stay quiet in public and powerful enough to get the shot. Oh, and did I mention image stabilization - vital to have. This paired with a Walimex Pro Aptaris is a great run-and-gun set up.

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5.0

best muti purpose lens

By exadios8888

from Georgia

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

Light weight, fits perfectly on my Pen F. Sharp all around, has decent bokeh at F2.8.

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5.0

All Around Lens

By Edgar

from Philippines

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

  • Family
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

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

Just a background, I'm just an amateur photographer so this won't be a very technical review. I use the lens together with my Panasonic Lumix GX8 wich i bought together with the lens.

Lens has a nice build quality. the zoom so far is firm and doesn't loosen when you turn the lens upside down. Great for an everyday lens especially for family and travel. I don;t see myself interchanging lenses since it can pretty much do everything i need.

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4.0

Great lens

By VK

from NJ

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

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

The power OIS is very effective .
This lens is very sharp and a great weight.

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5.0

Great lens

By Emily the videographer

from Youngstown, Ohio

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

    • 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 have three of these len's, one for each of my GH4's. They're lightweight, easy to use, and look fantastic.

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    4.0

    Great Lens, Weather Sealed

    By Unle Tim

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      The kit lens on most cameras leaves a lot to be desired. If you want the best photographs, don't skimp in this department, the lens is as much a factor in good images as is the camera body. This one is well built, not full of plastic, and it will make you proud!

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      5.0

      Must have for Panasonic cameras

      By SMM

      from Montana

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

      One of the most useful lenses you can get with a panny camera. Love it on the gh4 and g7. I use it mostly for video. As sharp as some of my primes.

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      5.0

      Great lens for everyday use

      By Coca

      from NY

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

      I've been using this lens for general use for the past few weeks. I shoot mostly stills. Lens is very sharp, fast, and has a solid build. Good performance over full zoom range.

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      5.0

      Excellent quality!

      By Sonomareader

      from Sonoma, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Now Good Value
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portrait
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I am not a professional photographer, and I shoot still photos only. But that being said, I rate this lens top quality , in every respect. I use it on a GH4 and a GX1, and I am having a lot of fun with it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Exenlent lens for my Lumix gx8

      By Tuan

      from Montreal , canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      The power OIS is very effective .
      This lens is very sharp and a great weight.

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      • No

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great lens!

      By Phill

      from Austin

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

      I really like this lens. The glass is very good and auto focus works great with my gh4.

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