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. 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.
     
  5. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    The 35-100 lens should be much more expensive.
     
  6. 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
     
  7. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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

    BE Fotography New to Mu-43

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    Apr 2, 2012
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    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...
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
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    If true, that's only £150 less than an OM-D E-M5 plus 12-50mm and current free battery grip in the UK!
     
  11. 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
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. 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. :(
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. 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
     
  16. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

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    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.
     
  17. 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
     
  18. 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.