Panasonic has launched a new Optical Image Stabilized 24–70mm-equivalent lens, the Lumix G X Vario 12–35mm ƒ/2.8 Aspherical, for Micro 4/3 (currently available for pre-order).
Although some are calling it pricey at $1,299, it's sure to become a bread-and-butter all-purpose middle-of-the-range lens for those who have switched to Micro 4/3 as their main camera system. And if the format is more or less half the size of "full" frame, consider that the new Canon EF 24–70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM zoom costs $2,299—not double the cost, but the better part of it.
It seems to me that actual tests of non-specialized lenses are becoming less and less necessary as time goes by—the ethos is now something like "assumed to be of fine quality until proven otherwise." By the time pre-orders are filled, there will probably be plenty of tests on the 'Net, and I'd have some time to try it before my return privileges expired. I would have never said such a thing twenty years ago, but I'd probably buy this sight unseen if I'd been waiting for a lens of this spec.
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