Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Lumix G X Review at Sans Mirror: Despite not living up to the best 24-70mm f2/8 lenses out there, it is still a viable solution, especially since this is the only lens of this kind available for the micro 4/3 mount for now.

"Panasonic didn't knock this one out of the park, as we'd all hoped they would. Most of us are still waiting for the fast zoom for m4/3 that really opens up the dark for us without compromise. The curtains didn't fully part with the appearance of the 12-35mm, but they've opened a fair amount. I'd be comfortable using this for photojournalistic type use, though I'd need to develop a workflow for raw files to fully extract what I want.

On the one hand, the lens is scaled nicely: it's small like m4/3 bodies are small. It also has a build quality that matches its price. But the 12-35mm is let down a bit by its performance in the corners and at extremes.

Funny thing is, when I think about pro film and FX 24-70mm zooms, many of them have significant weaknesses, too. It really is difficult to design something that goes from fast wide angle to fast telephoto and not make some compromises somewhere. But there are just a few more compromises here than I find in my Nikkor 24-70mm, which makes me just a tiny bit disappointed with Panasonic's offering.

But only a bit disappointed. This is still a lens that will find room in my bag for many situations. It's not going to be my landscape wide angle: I'll carry the 12mm Olympus for that. It also doesn't have quite enough subject isolation at 35mm f/2.8, so I'll carry the 45mm Olympus for that.

Which brings me to my verdict: if you need fast-but-flexible all in one lens, the 12-35mm f/2.8 is your only real choice at the moment. If you just need fast and don't care about flexibility, the primes can easily outperform this lens, because it has a few too many weaknesses.

This is not a lens for which I'll give a rating to, as whether you'll find it useful is dependent upon the nuances of its optical performance as they relate to your shooting. For me, I've found uses for it and enjoy it. Let's let it suffice at that."

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