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DSLR Magazine Publishes Full Review of Panasonic Lumix Vario GX 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH!

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, May 20, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    DSLRMagazine.com has published a full review of the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens, a zoom lens which we knew was in development but hadn't even been formally announced yet!

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    Tamron 24-70/2.8 side by side with the Panasonic 12-35/2.8.

    Some of the information from the review:
    • The lens is weather sealed
    • Constant f/2.8
    • Outstanding performance
    • 25cm minimum focusing distance
    • Metal body
    • Weight: 305g
    • Approximate price: 1,100 EUR

    It's not at all surprising that the Panasonic lens is far smaller and lighter than a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens designed for 135 format. What may surprise some people is that the new Panasonic is less than half the weight of Canon's plastic 17-55/2.8 for APS-C.

    There's much more to the review including detailed performance tests and sample images so be sure to check it out:
    Spanish: http://www.dslrmagazine.com/pruebas...mix-gx-vario-12-35-mm-f-2-8-asph-a-fondo.html
    English via Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/transla...mix-gx-vario-12-35-mm-f-2-8-asph-a-fondo.html

    [via 1001 Noisy Cameras]

    Also see: https://www.mu-43.com/f38/boom-panasonic-12-35mm-f-2-8-reviewed-26448/

    [Thanks Kal]
     
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  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Awesome, but how can you have a weather sealed zoom that does not focus internally?
     
  3. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    The fact that the new lens is weather sealed would tend to confirm that the forthcoming GH3 will be weather sealed in a repeat of Olympus releasing the 12 - 50 ahead of the O - MD ? Rob
     
  4. landshark

    landshark Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 27, 2010
    SO CAL
    when will they start shipping
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Article might be indicating (towards the end) that it's par focal.
     
  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Neither of the 24-70s for Nikon and Canon are IF. Each of them telescope in and out, but are both weather sealed lenses.
     
  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    This looks delish!

    pan_12_35_om_d-600.
     
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  8. Do you mean internal zooming? A lot of weather-sealed lenses telescope when zooming in and out; Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax.
     
  9. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Ok. I know the 70-200s better. So I wasn't sure.

    Doesnt the collapse mechanism create a dust pump?
     
  10. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Wow !!!!

    Looks damn sexy.

    It looks as though Panasonic has cracked the high optical quality fast zoom Achilles heel...and weather sealed to boot.

    I'm pretty well covered in this range with primes so I'm perhaps more interested in the 35-100.....but this looks like the ultimate travel zoom.

    I read an article recently where a Japanese Panasonic official was quoted as claiming the 2 new zooms would be of exceptional quality and even went as far as to say they would be 'Leica class'.....optimistic perhaps, but that quote and this first review indicate a Genuine attempt by Panasonic to deliver superb quality solution in an area that mu43 lacked. On the back of the EM5....our system is now looking stronger each day.

    Bring on the 35-100 and GH3 :)
     
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  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Always asking the tough questions :)
     
  12. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    Agreed, since I'm getting the 12-50mm kit with the E-m5 I'm not too interested in this lens in particular (I've never really seen the point of a fast wide zoom when you can shoot with relatively slow shutter speeds, though I suppose that is related to shooting non-moving subjects generally!). If the 35-100mm comes out for around this price (assuming somewhere under $1,500 USD) and it is anywhere close to this size (which looks positively tiny for a fast zoom), I fear my Pentax gear is slowly dwindling down to the point where I simply won't have enough lenses to keep it running!
     
  13. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    From the mock ups I've seen, the 35-100 is smaller :)
     
  14. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    All aboard the GH3 Hype Train!
     
  15. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    I'm definitely more interested in the 35-100. I'm pretty happy with primes in this range. Need something with some reach and speed!

    Hopefully they won't announce the GH3 and 35-100 at the same time or I'll have to sell one of my children :)
     
  16. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 26, 2010
    My wallet is starting to panic!!!
     
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  17. Phoque

    Phoque Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 18, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Only starting? Mine is beggin for klonopin! :rofl:

    :biggrin:
     
  18. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I'm really interested in this lens. I hope its not too pricey when it comes out. I'll probably buy one used.
     
  19. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe

    As far as the rumor mill is concerned, the new 35-100 will be released both on its own and as a kit lens with the GH3 at Photokinia.
     
  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I want it. I've always had a strong preference for the Olympus bodies -- not the sensors, necessarily, but the bodies themselves, the feel and ergonomics of them. But Panasonic has again and again come out with some stunning lenses. It had the 20 and sold it to buy the 25 -- but really want and will eventually have both.

    I just have to decide whether to cover the wide end with primes or go with this. I'll await further reviews. Definitely interested.