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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S

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Panasonic Lumix G  X Vario 12-35mm  F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S
Panasonic Lumix G  X Vario 12-35mm  F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S
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  • Up to 3stops POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • Nano Surface Coating technology
  • UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) glass
  • UHR (Ultra High Refractive) lens
  • Inner focus system
  • 7 blades aperture 
Panasonic Lumix G  X Vario 12-35mm  F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S lens construction
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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S mtf chart at 12mm
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S mtf chart at 35mm


Description by Panasonic:

The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm (H-HS12035) represents a next step in digital interchangeable zoom lens design for LUMIX G Series cameras.  It’s the first Lumix G VARIO constant F2.8 zoom suitable for professionals and enthusiasts capturing a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscapes to available light and studio lit portraits.

X Series Design
Panasonic’s long time collaboration with Leica inspired a uniquely LUMIX in-house design for a premium lens series exclusively for LUMIX G Series Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. With the X Series Lenses, LUMIX is blending its own unique mix of broadcast video and advanced mirrorless camera technologies into a premium lens line. In several X Series models LUMIX blended forward looking features like advanced near silent Power Zoom (PZ Models) and advanced POWER O.I.S. support for improved video capture. The 12-35mm X lens features a professional grade constant aperture in a compact sealed body design suitable for professional studio photography. (LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm, H-HS12035, 35mm camera equivalent: 24-70mm).

Nano Surface Coating
The LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 lens  incorporates Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating technology which minimizes reflections through the entire visual range (380nm-780nm), resulting in a dramatic reduction of ghosts and flare for extremely clear picture quality.

Travel Light and Protected from Natures Elements
Boasting outstanding compactness, the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 lens is approximately 73.8mm in length and 10.76oz in weight, resulting in extreme mobility.  Additionally with a rubber ring on the lens mount, the new lens is designed to stand against moisture and dust making it ideal for outdoor photography enthusiasts. A highly reliable metal mount endures long time use.

Professional Grade Glass
The LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 lens system is comprised of 14 lenses in 9 groups.  The UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) glass minimizes chromatic aberration while the UHR (Ultra High Refractive) lens realizes high descriptive performance from corner to corner.  Featuring high contrast and resolution from the center to corner at entire zoom range, the new LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2,8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens has the ability to capture the details of scenery or portrait with rich perspective.

Advanced Focusing and Aperture Blade Design
The lens’ superior inner focus system provides for excellent resolution and contrast without changing the overall length from full life-size magnification to infinity.  Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth defocus effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.  When mounted on any LUMIX G Micro System camera body, users can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precisions Contrast AF (Autofocus) system.

POWER O.I.S. for Improved HD Video Support
The lens’ integrates POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which effectively compensates for both small, fast movement and large, slow movement, making it easy to shoot extremely clear photos even in low-lit situations such as at night or indoors. Adopting an inner focus system driven by a stepping motor, the lens’ superior design provides smooth and near silent focusing action which is ideal for both picture and video recording.



The DXO reviewers are not going easy on Panasonic's 12-35mm f2.8 zoomer. The lens seems quite good compared to the (very few) other high-end m4/3 zoom lenses, but Panasonic is riding high on its f2.8 zoom monopoly when it comes to the price:

"Micro 4:3 is a popular format, there is a wide range of cameras and lenses on the market, letting you choose the most appropriate equipment for the type of photography that you want to do. There are definitely combinations that will compete well with APS-C. However, in these examples there does seem to be a strong emphasis on the quality being weighted towards the wider apertures which may not always be what you want. The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S is the best lens of it’s type by quite a long way, but at a price that would buy better

Post date: 21/03/2013 - 17:48

"Our fourth award is for Lens of the Year 2012, which goes to the Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH.

“The LUMIX G VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH standard zoom offers a versatile focal range and a fast maximum aperture in a relatively small package, backed-up by excellent image quality throughout the focal range, the best build quality of any Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lens yet released, a tactile manual focusing system and impressively fast and quiet autofocusing.”"

Post date: 11/01/2013 - 19:08

"Finally, in 2012, we got the two f/2.8 zoom lenses, with the premium metal finish. The lens barrel is made of anodized metal with a purple-ish colour. This leaves me a bit unhappy. The lens barrel has two functions, in my opinion: To be solid, and to provide a good grip. With the latter in mind, why make it out of glossy metal? Other manufacturers go for a matte crinkle finish, which I think is better.

While the two kit zoom lenses above look similar, they are in fact very different. The Lumix G 14-42mm basic kit lens has a

Post date: 05/01/2013 - 01:22

Dat Purple! This is the real dark side to the alleged micro 4/3 interoperability between lenses and cameras: Nasties such as color fringing and distortion produced by Panasonic lenses are all but eliminated when used with a Panasonic camera. Not so much when it comes to Olympus cameras, and this fact can transform an otherwise excellent lens like this one, to a mediocre one. The problem is, Olympus camera users have nowhere else to turn to, Oly has focused on prime lenses, and their only  high-end zoom ones are the old Zuiko behemoths, that don't work very well-or at all, with micro 4/3 bodies. Kurt Munger however does not appear to be excessively bothered by the less than optimal results the Vario 12-

Post date: 04/01/2013 - 15:21

"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.

Post date: 08/12/2012 - 04:02

"Since the advent of the Micro Four Thirds format in 2008, there has been some uncertainty,  dare I say confusion, about the place of M43 in the camera world.  Some thought  it would be a platform for compact camera upgraders, some saw it as a "gap filler" between compacts and DSLR's.  I have always seen it as the format best positioned to supplant the APS-C  DSLR  as the most popular interchangeable lens system. Until now this prospect has not been realised due to a lack of sufficiently convincing M43 products. That has started to change. The Panasonic 7-14mm f4 has always been a pro

Post date: 06/12/2012 - 00:00

As an aside, whilst the 12-35 comes with built in Panasonic Power OIS, I haven’t tried it out – I’ve been relying on Oly’s excellent 5-axis stablisation in the OM-D, although at some point I reckon I’ll give it a go.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the results which this lens is capable of. I intend to test it out a great deal more, especially in low-light situations. I picked it up with the intention of using it as a low-light lens for events, and that’s what I’ll post about more when once I’ve given it a good go. In the meantime, here are a couple more sample images… Let me know what you think.

Post date: 25/11/2012 - 18:45

"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only

Post date: 19/11/2012 - 00:00


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DXO Mark Score
9.0 P-Mpix
3.0 TStop
-0.8 EV
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Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
AF Motor type: 
linear stepper motor
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
12 - 35mm
Angle of view: 
84° - 34°
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Lens construction: 
14 elements in 9 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 1 UED lens, 1 UHR lens)
Diaphragm Blades: 
7 aperture blades circular opening
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Internal Focusing: 
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Stabilization system : 
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 3stops POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
Physical characteristics
305.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture resistant
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Lens Hood included: 

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