The Panasonic Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 is a special lens. On some subjects it has "Leicaness" esp. with clouds in the sky. On other subjects it is merely excellent. You will find it is significantly better on some subjects than the ordinary Lumix lenses. I have quite a few of them (2 of the 12-32) and rarely use them. Put the 12-32 on a small body, GM-x.
You owe it to yourself to buy one and use it. If you find the rendering it has is not worth it for you, then you can easily resell it.
For handling, put your hand under the lens. Act like you are using the lens, not the body, as the "camera"
Don't worry about droplets It's such a well-built camera that some rain won't be an issue I'd say - at least it hasn't been for me.What is "Leicaness"? I was trying to find some information on the internet, but without any luck.
I am a little bit concerned about using GX9 in humid conditions, light rain or just shooting waterfalls where it's possibility that some water droplets might land on body. This should not be a problem for Panasonic Leica 12-60mm, because it's weather sealed. But the camera itself would be still a bottleneck. To take full advantage of weather sealing, I would need to get a body like G9 or G90, right?
Is the weather sealing of Leica 12-60mm any different to Panasonic12-60mm?
I've owned two Leica kits, 1960s and 1990s. With access to a lot of loan equipment.Leicaness is a term often used for the very special and beautiful rendering given by (some?) Leica lenses. I've heard it being related to micro-contrast, but who knows.
Yet, when you see it you will be impressed.
From my own experience, I would tend to agree, John.I've owned two Leica kits, 1960s and 1990s. With access to a lot of loan equipment.
I have yet to see any special 'Leica look', other than their prices ...
That article is pure bias confirmation, IMHO.