As if on cue, the lens I'm currently jonesing for has reappeared after many months on the "back-ordered" list. The Panasonic 12–35mm is back...sort of. Amazon lists four left from one vendor. And B&H Photo has some in stock, but the store is about to close down for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
Meanwhile, I keep liking what I see from this lens (which is nothing against the also well-regarded Olympus 12-40mm, necessarily, but I haven't seen or used one of those yet). I have not one but two Micro 4/3rds cameras right now, either one of which would be happy to give this lens a spin.
Anyone using one of these?
Just a note about my upcoming trip—unfortunately I won't be doing any meetups. I'm going to visit friends and family, and the week already features a great deal of driving and many short stops. On the good side, if I can manage to keep posting from the road, then more trips in the future will be easier to plan for. So don't give up on me.
Hope you have a good humpday.
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kirk tuck: "I bought one last year to complement the GH3 and the 35mm–100mm ƒ/2.8 Panasonic lens. I think it's a wonderful lens and I would choose it over the Olympus because it gives you the option to have IS on a non-IS body, like the GH4. When I use it on one of the Olympus cameras I can decide whether Olympus's five-axis IS is right or turn off the in-body and use the lens.
"I've done many still assignments with the lens and find it to be sharp and perky. It's our 'go-to' lens for video work because the focal lengths are just right for the kind of 'run and gun' work we do for cool restaurants. The combination of the two Vario X Pana lenses means, for me, consistent color and look over the bulk of the focal lengths I'll use, with high sharpness in the center of the lens even wide open. Both are very good options for people who do a lot of candid people photography. I haven't found any reason at all not to like them both. A lot."
Marty S.: "I haven't tried the Panny 12–35mm yet but my Olympus 12–40mm is almost always on my OM-D E-M1. A fantastic lens. Only replace it with a prime if I want to go lighter weight."
Jeff Grant: "I have the 12–35mm and love it. The 35–100mm is also an excellent lens. When I bought into Micro 4/3, my intention was to use only primes, but this pair has changed my mind. Here’s a shot from Iceland last year, handheld:
"As to humpday, that would mean sometghing entirely different down here."
Mike replies: Curious, that, and something I run into fairly often—the differences in "double entendres" between cultures. Here it's innocent—it's the day that gets you over the middle, or hump, of the week. And thanks for the good example.
Albert Erickson: "I use and love the Olympus 12–40mm on my OM-D-E-M1. It is a terrific lens—great optics, good color rendition and contrast, and extremely sharp. I would suggest if you are using a Olympus camera, I would try the lens before you make a commitment. I do use the Panasonic 7–14 on my Olympus and it is good but not as good as the 12–40mm lens. I just believe that the Olympus lenses are made for the Olympus sensors and Panasonic lenses are made for their own sensors. They work, just not as well. My two cents."
Peter Vagt: "Spectacular lens! Paired with my Lumix GX7, it has all but replaced my Canon L 24–105mm paired with the 5D Mark II (at about the same weight as the Canon lens alone). Sixteen by twenty prints beat Hasselblad cameras with prime lenses from my analog darkroom days. It even does closeups well, focusing to about five inches in front of the lens."