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Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 will be coming in June

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dhazeghi, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    According to 43rumors from an Amateur Photographer interview with Panasonic that has since been edited,

    "The new 12-35mm f/2.8 lens is expected out at the end of June, priced £1,000."

    43 Rumors | Blog | Panasonic says new 12-35mm f/2.8 coming end of June, priced £1,000.

    Taking into account the usual currency conversion factors (including VAT, customary overpricing in the UK), it sounds like the US price will be around $1200-$1300.

    I'm glad the lens is finally going to be available. Not so sure about the price though.

    DH
     
  2. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Yikes. That's a little too steep in the wallet for me to justify ... :(
     
  3. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    Doesn't seem that bad, the price is the combined cost of the Olympus 12 2.0 and the Panasonic 20 1.7. You'll lose a stop of light but It'll have IS, so it'll be great for video and panasonic shooters.
     
  4. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2012
    Toronto
    I'm looking forward to this one! The price is higher than I'm comfortable with (exceeding my current kit in its entirety), but if the reviews are on point, it's what I've been looking for, so I might cave.
     
  5. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    That is pricey!! That would be the most expensive native m4/3 lens so far. Hope it isn't true! And hope it fares better than the much maligned 14-42X.
     
  6. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    The 35-100 lens should be much more expensive.
     
  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Perhaps, but I'm not so sure. The design is much much simpler.

    DH
     
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    That's pretty spendy. I think I can live without it.
     
  9. BE Fotography

    BE Fotography New to Mu-43

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    Apr 2, 2012
    London, UK
    That price is quite something, that's serious investment. M43 is becoming a pretty wide format, the technology (bodies and lenses) are gaining speed now...
     
  10. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Wow. I think I'll wait of the 7-14 to come back down to close to $800 again and buy that.

    But, still, I am interested in seeing user reports of it.
     
  11. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    593
    Feb 23, 2012
    Toronto
    Also, I don't think that price is set-in-stone...it may very well be different when the lens is "officially" released.
     
  12. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    If true, that's only £150 less than an OM-D E-M5 plus 12-50mm and current free battery grip in the UK!
     
  13. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    True (though most consider the 12/2 overpriced).

    On the flip side, you can get a good small DSLR and a Tamron or Sigma 17-50/2.8 lens for less. Guess it depends what one is willing to consider alternative-wise.

    DH
     
  14. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 20, 2010
    Ummm
    Panny 24-70 f/2.8 (FOV) $1200-$1300 USD
    Canon EOS L24-70 F/2.8 $1400
    Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S G/ED $1900

    Seems in line with "Smaller/cheaper" than FF equals..

    A welcome addition.
     
  15. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Comparatively, sure, it may be in-line with FF equals, but that's still a lot of money. If there's a market willing to buy it, then by all means. I just know it's too rich to find it's way into my camera bag for the foreseeable future. :(
     
  16. Fred49

    Fred49 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2010
    FRance
    12-35

    when the 12-50 was announced i was hoping for 4/3 12-60 quality and would have bought it up to 1000-1200€ without hesitating.

    if the 12-35 is really sharp, and there is no high quality olympus zoom announced ill buy it, even if there is the un needed IS adding weight.
     
  17. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 20, 2010
    The 12-35 and 35-100 are aimed at the professional event photographer.. and hobbyist that can afford them.

    The [24-70 & 70-200 f/2.8] are the two most used lenses for Weddings and events. I know a few that shoot m4/3 for Weddings (GH2)

    They will sell quite well in that group. I don't see them turning out as many per year as the standard zooms at all.

    The Oly 12-50, although slow at the long end, is a good upgrade from a 14-42, at $499.00, it will do well also, though bigger than most would like, it is weather sealed.
    Plus it has silent Zoom/focusing for video. MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) Mechanism
     
  18. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 4, 2010
    Tulsa, moving to Houston
    Duke
    The list price of Panasonic lenses seems to be substantially higher than the market price, for example I think they still have the 14-140 around $1000 USD but it can be readily had for $450-550. I would imagine the 12-35 would come in right around $1000, anymore than that doesn't make much sense to me.
     
  19. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    But also much cheaper to produce as it requires fewer and smaller glass elements, which are a major contributor to the cost of production.

    I have seen prices slip, but the 14-140 was announced at $850 in early 2009 and 3 years later it sells for $650 new, so I'm not sure how much we can expect the 12-35/2.8 to drop in the next 12-18 months.

    DH
     
  20. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 20, 2010

    Yes all of the above is included in making a high IQ lens for a smaller sensor.
    The Image Circle doesn't have to cover as large an area... BUT, the Circle-of-Confusion must be smaller also compared to lenses that cover a larger area to resolve the same detail in a smaller area.