Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X Zoom Review - Part 3


I managed to get outdoors yesterday with my G3 and the 12-35mm and get a few images in sunlight.




It worked very well and the images are nice and sharp. One of the advantages of a relatively "fast" zoom lens is that apertures that are wide open on a slower zoom, such as f/4 and f/5.6 become better on lenses such as this. This is what I found when comparing the lens to the 14-42mm zoom. At f/8 and f/11 there is virtually no difference between the two lenses, but at f/5.6 for example, particularly at the 35mm end, the 12-35mm is crisper. 

The lens also has decent bokeh. Not the best, but better than usual for a zoom. 

What I did like is that this is a wonderful one lens solution for me. I like working with just one lens and this lens offers a lot more than a single prime, with a useful lens range, a fast(ish) aperture and a reasonable size and weight. Its a really good alternative for when I don't want to carry the Nikon D800E around.  Its also pretty unobtrusive when used on either of my m4/3 bodies. 

A good start, but I really need to use it for longer to get a better impression.

N.B. to see more on the cameras and lenses featured in this post click on the relevant labels (tags and keywords) below.
All original material on this blog is © Soundimageplus
For comment and discussion - join me over at Google+
about soundimageplus - soundimageplus website
soundimageplus on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/
soundimageplus blog readers pictures group - http://www.flickr.com/groups/1705334@N24/
soundimageplus on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/soundimageplus
soundimageplus on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/user1050904/video