Lumix 12-35mm 2.8 Question

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by ddjchemist, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. ddjchemist

    ddjchemist New to Mu-43

    Aug 8, 2013
    Seattle, Washington State, USA
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    I am new to micro 4/3. I have been Nikon and Canon DSLR users for about a decade, but I decided to give it a try to Lumix micro 4/3. My initial impression is very positive (I got GX1, 25mm 1.4 and 14mm 2.5 lenses), so I am considering buying 12-35mm 2.8 Lumix lens. However, I have a question that someone might be able to answer me. Did anyone on this forum compare Lumix 12-35mm lens to Nikon or Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses?

  2. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Are you asking if someone did a direct (photo) comparison? I didn't do any comparison shooting so I can't help you there.

    However, as a 15 year Canon SLR shooter I used the Canon 24-70 L f/2.8 lens for most of my shooting. When I decided to try Panasonic m4/3 late last year I started with the 12-35 f/2.8 (instead of a kit lens), with every intention of switching platforms if I liked and could work well with m4/3.

    For my work the 12-35 is more useful (focuses closer) and I could not be happier. I don't use Canon any more.
  3. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
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    Same as what RoadTraveler said...

    Haven't done any comparison with my Nikkor 24-70 2.8, and have no intentions to do so. The 12-35 is sharp wide open across the zoom range. My 24-70 is in the drybox while my 12-35 is in my bag if that is any indication. :biggrin:

    IMHO, it is a good all purpose lens because of the convenience of the zoom range from 12 to 35, however since you have the 14 and 25, I don't see any reason to add the 12-35 unless you need - the convenience of the zoom, and/or a one lens solution. The 14 and 25 would suffice in most situations.
  4. cmpatti

    cmpatti Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
  5. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Roger said:

  6. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I had a Canon 24-105 which I used with a 5dii. The 12-35 on my OMD is just as good, if not a little better in IQ. The 12-35 is faster of course and has less range. Personally, I'm very happy with the 12-35 and would recommend it without hesitation
  7. Loonylumix

    Loonylumix Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 30, 2012
    Not forgetting the Image Stabilization which the Canon does not have, unless you get the 24-70 f/4... and then why not get the 24-105?
    I have hand held at 1/2 second with the 12-35... its one of the best zooms on the market and all the lens you could ever need...
  8. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    +1 to that. And I rate my 24-105 very highly. I miss the range, though, and wouldn't mind oly releasing aiming longer. But it's gotta start at 12mm for me.