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Panasonic LUMIX G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 Lens

Panasonic LUMIX G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 Lens

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It's worth mentioning that this is the first version of this lens. Panasonic announced the second version this week at CES (release around March/April). The new version offers compatibility with the new stabilized sensors with the G85 and upcoming GH5. If you own, or plan to own one of these cameras in the future you can gain up to 5 more stops because of Dual Image Stabilisation. This lens is not compatible with dual image stabilization.
That doesn't make this a bad lens. It's optically one of the highest rated variable MFT lenses.
geoffreyhorst
I believe it is compatible with the new firmware upgrade.
Jimmie_Joe_Bob
I recently received the GH5 and I can confirm compatibility. Although I have heard it's IS isn't as good as the second version.
adorama has US version for $698 with warranty and $100 gift card
With shipping, it looks like MD's USA version is $20 more than it is on B&H... https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/865111-REG/Panasonic_H_HS12035_Lumix_G_X_Vario.html
Shoot long enough, and I GUARANTEE you that the 12-60's variable aperture (as described very accurately by l3xm4rk) will eventually start to drive you insane. I have two constant f/2.8 zooms (24-70, 70-200) and I am never, NEVER going back to variable aperture zooms.
This is faster than the Panasonic 12-60 M4/3 lens, but I don't see the value proposition, even at this price. The 12-60 is less expensive, longer, not much slower, and it's environmentally sealed. To me, that is more versatile. But I'm also a novice, so I'm not saying one is better. It could be out of pure ignorance that I don't see the benefit, here. :)
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Thanks for the reply and all that information. I got the Lumix GX8 and - you speculated correctly that I do not have access to unreleased models - the 12-60 lens is model H-FS12060. It is an *awesome* lens for my needs. You're offering it for an excellent price. Best of luck with that, and enjoy your new lens. Thanks again!
tcabeen
The main reason I picked up an F2.8 zoom (the Olympus 12-40/2.8) was for low light performance.
I found that anything indoors, in the evening, photographing people, I needed an F2.8 or better lens just to prevent subject blur. Once your shutter speed gets to 1/30s or slower, your photos become slow enough that you'll start catching people breathing, causing them to be a little blurry, even though everything else is sharp. The slower your shutter, the more often this happens. By 1/15s, I found subject blur happening about 50% of the time, and nearly unusable for active kids.
To keep a reasonable shutter speed, you need either a high ISO, which introduces noise/grain in your photos, or you need a better lens, one with F2.8 or better, or you use a flash, which introduces a whole other set of issues.
Like most other photographers, I initially solved this with prime lenses, like the Panasonic 25mm/F1.4 prime, but after a while, I got tired of changing out primes all the time, and eventually bit the bullet to buy an F2.8 zoom.
FYI this is an m43 awesome lens. And it's great to see m43 stuff coming on here. I have it to use with my Panasonic G85 and its spectacular. It's always my go to walking-around lens. And if you pair it with the Panny 35-100mm f/2.8, simply heaven.
Now, if Massdrop can get me an awesome deal on a Panny 12mm f/1.4 then my credit card and I will need to have a serious talk!
PS if there are any other Aussies wanting to buy, you can get a genuine Australian model (with Panny warranty) locally for cheaper than this deal. I assume the 'white box' is a grey import version.
l3xm4rk
Q Here's one such Aussie, I'm all ears!
Gravus76
I got mine for AUD$699 in the pre-christmas sales from CamBuy. They currently have them back at their original price of AUD$799. It's also worth noting that with the version II of this lens just announced at CES, you might even see better deals on what is now the VI closer to the shipping date of the VII (which is March).