12-35 all you ever need?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Loonylumix, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Loonylumix

    Loonylumix Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 30, 2012
    I have owed all PL lenses and this lens IMHO is all the lens you will ever need...
    Classic 24-70mm in old money
    Took me a while to get one but I am soo glad I did
    Tack sharp from 24mm to 70mm
    That is 24, 35, 50 and 70mm all at f/2.8
    Built like a tank, OIS (unlike the 20 and 25mm)
    Ditch the primes and never miss a shot with this one lens, you will not regret it
    Is there a better combo a GH3 and the 12-35?
  2. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Well it's not much of a Telephoto.
  3. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    Imo to little dof control ...
    And little too chunky for beeing a small system. But hey, people thinks different :)
  4. dejongj

    dejongj Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 3, 2013
    Whipsnade, UK
    There is the 35-100 for that :)
  5. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I love the 12-35 as a lens but it is a very large lens compared to some of the primes. When I have the 12-35 attached I feel like I am lugging a small DSLR with the kit zoom. There are times I would rather just walk around with the 20mm attached.
  6. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
  7. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Not all I'll ever need, but I agree it's an outstanding all-around, "standard" lens.

    If I had not purchased my 12-35 (& 7-14) when I bought my first GX1 in late 2012 maybe I would not have converted to m4/3 from FF Canon? However, the utility of the 12-35 f/2.8 is certainly outstanding and I like it more than the old 24-70 f/2.8 I was using on 5D bodies.
  8. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    I had the Oly 12mm + 17mm, I liked both quite a bit. I'm a prime lens sort of guy, and was never much for zooms. After a trip the not being able to change lenses in places where I couldn't was a little annoying- so I tried out a used 12-35. I then realized one of the reasons why I didn't like zooms before was that I had only used crummy zooms. I sold my 12mm + 17mm recently (I thought I would have kept that one forever), and am pretty pleased with the 12-35 zoom. It's a bit slower, but not by a huge margin- the versatility is pretty welcome.

    The only overlap with primes for that one is the 25mm nokton- that's a lens for a whoole different use though.
  9. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Which of course contradicts the premise articulated in the title of this thread
  10. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Yeah but then if you have the 12-35 then you won't be able to have fun anymore looking at a bunch of other lenses! ;)
  11. dejongj

    dejongj Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 3, 2013
    Whipsnade, UK
    My comment was directed to the person who wrote that it isn't enough zoom...So for that person the 35-100 is it ;)
  12. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    If I was somehow limited to having ONLY one lens for a m4/3 body, it would be the 12-35. But the 12-35 isn't ALL I would ever need nor want.

    Fortunately, however, there are so many more wonderful lenses... which offer many more imaging options in addition to the 12-35!
  13. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Yeah I really like my 12-35 but don't use it everytime just cuz of the size, then it's the 20. It has some CA also, otherwise fantastic lens. I use it much indoor and the 2.8 is great for that

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  14. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Ten ring on that one, as usual. :smile:
  15. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Exaclty what Don said.

    (the 35-100 is the natural progression after the 12-35, well, just saying... :biggrin:)
  16. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    14-54ii with EC-14. 14 to 76mm total range. All you need.

    Still chunky though.
  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I was about to say that .. OP:smile: please try Olympus 14-54 mm MrkII and u will thro 12-35 mm on ebay or here . It's slightly bigger and heavier but the optical quality is to die for . I sold mine :dash2::dash2: and still looking to get it again .
  18. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Nice as the 14-54 is, with a limitation of 14mm on the wide end... I just couldn't live with it myself. Limited at 12 is bad enough! :wink:
  19. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    Tempe, AZ
    I've paired the 14-54 mk2 with the Panasonic 7-14. Got it covered :)
  20. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Nice pair, buddy!

    Not far from you these days... at the base of Superstition, sitting out on a warm summer eve in Apache (AJ) with my iPad! Amazing views of the mountain and gorgeous cactus right from my campsite... will post some later tonight. :smile:
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