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Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 for landscapes?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by davidedric, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. davidedric

    davidedric Mu-43 Regular

    81
    Nov 24, 2013
    Cheshire, UK
    Dave
    Hi,

    I have an up coming vacation to Norway, which should give lots of landscape opportunities. I have Panasonic gear, and I'm looking to upgrade the speed and iq of my lenses (currently I would be using the 14-140II). I'm looking at a zoom because the variety of transport (foot, car, boat, train) means that zooming by foot may not be the best idea.

    My best body is the gx7, and I'm thinking of the Panasonic 12-35 f2.8 as the lens that would do the job.

    Any comments or alternative suggestions gratefully received.

    Dave
     
  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    You'd definitely have more flexibility with the 14-140, and if you are using it mainly for landscapes, then it might be good enough.

    If you need something faster, a bit sharper you could go with the 12-35/2.8 or the 12-40/2.8 and be fine. If you like Panasonic bodies and plan on an upgrade/second body without IBIS - then the choice tips to the 12-35.

    You could save some money if you purchased used from a reputable reseller with a warranty.
     
  4. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    It would a nice choice for your camera, I have a friend with that combo. For landscapes, I think that 12mm vs. 14mm makes a big difference.
     
  5. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    The 12-35 might be my first choice as well and a ver good one at that. But I'll give you 3 other options.
    1. Panasonic 12-32 - small / light / 12mm / not a lot of $$ - Do you need fast for landscapes? I'm not a big landscape shooter, but when I do it's normally f/5.6-8 on m4/3.
    2. Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 + Panasonic DMW-GWC1 Wide Conversion Lens - small / light / not a lot of $$ / about 11mm with the converter.
    3. Panasonic 7-14 - a truly wide option
    One thing options 1 & 2 give you is true jacket pocket ability (or cargo pants/shorts).
     
  6. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Landscape is also an ideal application for stitched photography (unless you're dealing with moving water / waves), so in that case the 14mm vs 12mm difference is not as substantial, nor is the resolution difference.

    The 14-140mm and 12-35mm are both excellent lenses. But for a vacation, I would not see the latter as a replacement for the former, certainly.

    Telephoto landscape photos are also something that I enjoy, but that's me.
     
  7. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    410
    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    I was going to sell my 12-35 f2.8 but find it so useful plus it is a truly great lens! 12mm will be great for landscapes and i will be using it this summer when I go to the South of France where the scenery is supposed to be spectacular. 12-35mm is a very useful focal range.
     
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  8. davidedric

    davidedric Mu-43 Regular

    81
    Nov 24, 2013
    Cheshire, UK
    Dave
    Well, I've pulled the trigger on the 12-35, and it should arrive today. No more excuses :biggrin:

    Dave
     
  9. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    You definitely won't be disappointed. It's a fantastic lens, easily my most used lens on my GH3/GH4.
     
  10. slau

    slau Mu-43 Regular

    79
    Jan 26, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    If I could carry only one lens with me, it would no doubt be the 12-35f2.8. My 14-140 has not been seeing any action since those two f2.8 zoom lenses were available from Panasonic. I always pair up the 12-35f2.8 with the 35-100f2.8 on my GH2/GH3 bodies.
     
  11. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    410
    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    I'm now thinking of getting the 35-100 to compliment the 12-35. 2 lenses to cover a wide focal length!
     
  12. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Straw clutcher

    609
    Aug 10, 2011
    I like my 12-35, and the 35-100. Be prepared for flare on the 12-35
    It's not the best zoom I've had at controlling flare. I've used cheaper zooms that coped better but I'm prepared to put up with it or get over it . It's a great lens though.
     
  13. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    They make meds for G.A.S. Their pretty easy to get, mine normally come from my CFO doctor since getting her Mrs. degree. ;)
     
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  14. davidedric

    davidedric Mu-43 Regular

    81
    Nov 24, 2013
    Cheshire, UK
    Dave
    Very pleased so far. The detail and sharpness is fantastic. This is not meant for an image show case, but just to demonstrate how good a 1:1 crop is.

    Dave


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  15. mistermark

    mistermark Mu-43 Regular

    105
    Oct 16, 2012
    I think the 12-35 and 35-100 2.8 Lumix lenses make a great combination for landscapes, as they cover the range most people need for scenic images in two light, compact, high-performance units, and both are weather-sealed. I prefer them to the Olympus 12-40/40-150 option because they're smaller and lighter, and I'm willing to sacrifice the extra 50mm on the longer zoom.
     
  16. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    The 12-35 f/2.8 is a superb lens. For landscape as well as for general use. I have plenty of nice m4/3 lenses to choose from (about 14 of them at last count) and the 12-35 is still THE one lens I would keep if I had to pare down to just ONE lens. It's relatively compact, relatively fast, very sharp, versatile, and 12mm is decently wide enough. I love it.

    Some images I took at our house, the other night, of the new truck we just picked up. GX7 with 12-35/2.8:

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    P1050344.