PL 12-35 f2.8 first impression

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by silver92b, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    My 12-35 showed up today, the main thing I first noticed was it's size. this lens is not very small. So much for the form factor of the GX7 :laugh1:. Anyway, I was very excited about it and wanted to try it. I did not get much of a chance as I did not get many opportunities. I did take a few shots outside in the dim and damp afternoon. The lens seems to be pretty sharp wide open and so far the IQ looks quite good. I turned on the MEGA O.I.S. and it seems to function well. This shot was done with the art filter in the camera and later I developed it in Silver FX. The first picture is the undeveloped raw, the second was taken with the camera filter and the third was processed in silver fx. Focal length was 25mm 1/60' at f2.8



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  2. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Size is relative, I suppose. If you've used any of the 35mm equivalents the Panasonic is positively tiny. It's even significantly smaller than the Sony 16-50 f2.8 for apsc cameras.

    Enjoy your lens.

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  3. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Well, it's definitely smaller than the Nikon 18-55 from my D60 Nikon :smile: It is also smaller than the PL14-140 zoom. However, it looks pretty large on the GX7. It's not that important really, but it is noteworthy. I'm going to use it with the EM5 next to see how it does. I will probably sell the OLY 12-50 now and perhaps the PL25 f1.4 and the Zuiko 17 f1.8......
  4. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Just as well you didn't get the (bigger) 12-40 then! :smile:

    Enjoy the new lens. I don't want to get one because I know what will happen -- I will stop using my nice primes in that range! That's what happened when I got quality zooms for my DSLR. It's just my nature and I have to discipline myself! :tongue:
  5. laser8

    laser8 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 29, 2013
    Mare nostrum, Istria
    @silver - good points, I use it on a GX1 and it's probably the biggest thing I would put on it. It's worthy, though.

    @Args - depends on the primes: it can hardly replace the 25 (two stops are two stops at night, think about iso 800 or 3200) and it does not do any macro. But if you have a 12, I am positive it can be replaced by the zoom.
  6. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Just for the heck of it, here are some shots of the 12-35 on the GX7 vs the EM5






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  7. deejayvee

    deejayvee Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    My 12-35 often finds itself on the GX7, with the 35-100 on my GH3. It makes for a very usable combo!
  8. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nice. Fits a bit better on the E-M5 IMO.
  9. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Fantastic shot . I also got this lens few days ago and using it with my EM5 and I am not really blown away with IQ . Overall I like it .
    Here is a city landscape thro the window pane .

    image by bhupinder2002, on Flickr
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  10. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Saw these 2 '53 caddy's and stopped to photograph them. PL 12-35 with EM5




  11. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Congrats guys! 12-35 is surely a gem, it would probably be one of the last lenses I will be keeping if I have to sell all my lenses.

    Now I wonder how it will look and feel (balance) on the GM1. :biggrin:
  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    One of the last keeping or selling ?:confused:
  13. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    selling. :dash2:

    Thanks Bhupi, regards...