After several years on a very versatile but also standard lens, we wanted to buy a higher end lens. So we switched from a 14-140 mm Lumix lens f3.5-5.6 to a constant aperture lens f2.8 to get better pictures. We started with the Panasonic Vario 12-35mm f2.8. It is now our best essential lens. We have been using it for more than a year and a half now. Since then, it has always been fixed on one of our Lumix cameras, and it is impossible to do without it. Are you looking for a high quality standard zoom lens for your travels that is compatible with a Lumix or Olympus camera? The Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II may well convince you! After taking it everywhere with us, here is our review and test of the Panasonic Lumix Vario 12-35 mm f2.8 II.
Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II : Getting started and technical data sheet
Technical specifications of Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II
- Mounting type: Micro 4/3
- Compatibility: Panasonic Lumix and Olympus
- Focal length: 12-35 mm (full size equivalent of a 24-70mm)
- Constant aperture: 2.8
- Iteration: II
- Weight: 300 grams
- Length: 7.38 cm
- Diameter: 58
- Minimum focus: 0.25 cm
- Tropicalized: YES
- Stabilization: YES (Power OIS)
- Included accessories: lens cap, sun visor and protective cover
Getting started with the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II lens
Even before fixing it on a case, the Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II shows its quality with an impeccable metal finish. It is a beautiful object, a beautiful jewel that is pleasant to have in hand.
Once tightened on the camera, what strikes you most is its weight and size. Barely 300 grams while it has a constant opening f2.8. It’s so great to be able to travel light while taking high quality photos. On a camera with an APS-C sensor, this lens would weigh twice as much and in full format three times more.
Thus, it can be fixed on a robust body such as a Lumix G or Lumix GH or on a light body such as the Lumix GX. Moreover, we regularly alternate between Lumix G9 and Lumix GX9.
I particularly appreciate it with the Lumix GX9 which allows you to move around with a discreet and light camera.
This objective is all in one for the traveller: image quality, beautiful aperture, lightness and tropicalization, not to mention stabilization. It’s simple, we never part from it!
Which use for this Panasonic Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II lens?
The Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 is a versatile lens that covers a range essential for travel. There are many practices. This lens for Lumix Panasonic or Olympus cameras has been part of all our trips for more than a year and a half: Esterel in the South of France, London, Chamonix, we take it everywhere.
To give you an idea, from 12mm to 14mm, you are on a wide angle. Between 14mm and 25mm, you are on an ideal focal length for landscapes of all kinds, or street photos for example. Finally, between 25mm and 35mm, you can take some portrait photos.
Lightweight, it allows you to leave for the day while having a lens with a large opening. You won’t find any zoom at these bright focal lengths at Panasonic. Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 II lens is a standard high-end zoom lens.
When travelling, you can photograph the view from a building, the inside of a museum or a mountain landscape.
Finally, between 25mm and 35mm, you are at the ideal focal length to photograph portraits.
Thanks to its versatility, when travelling, there is no need to burden us. We can leave with only one lens to photograph the streets of London in the morning, capture the view from the top of a building and finally make beautiful portraits and memories of our son playing in the afternoon. All this without changing the lens.
As a bonus, if you are a video enthusiast, thanks to its constant aperture and stabilization, it is the ideal lens for filming.
Why should you have a Lumix Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 lens?
First of, for all indoors’ photos, with the aperture at f2.8, the Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 II lens allows you to take much brighter pictures than with an entry-level lens. It is, for example, ideal for photographing in a Museum or inside a hotel or restaurant. Previously, we had a f3.5-5.6 aperture lens and we often had dark photos.
As for the portraits, with an aperture at f2.8, we have good pictures of us and our son with a beautiful blurred background.
Finally, outdoors, the photos are very sharp and the images are much more detailed than on an entry-level lens.
Test condition of the Panasonic 12-35 mm f2.8 II
Duration of the test: 18 months (use of the product still in progress)
Frequency of use: almost daily
Type of shooting: landscape, monuments, portrait, child, hiking.
Shooting conditions: outdoor, indoor. Rain or shine. Daytime pictures, pictures at the end of the day. We photographed everything with this lens.
Temperature during shooting: from 0°C to 28°C
Tested features: stabilization, auto-focus, manual focus
Panasonic Lumix GX Vario 12-35 mm f2.8 II : review
Our most beautiful photos are once again the portraits of our son and family that we take on a daily basis and while travelling. And in the streets of London, we enjoyed to test the Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II.
Since we have been using the Lumix 12-35mm f2.8, we think it is better to put money in a good lens than in a camera because the quality of the photos has convinced us. Not to mention the bokeh that the Lumix GX Vario 12-35mm f2.8 II lens provides. With an aperture f2.8, the Lumix 12-35 mm is the only lens with such brightness at Panasonic on this range.
The quality of the photos is amazing in comparison to the Lumix 14-140mm for example. We were able to compare our photos of London between the two lenses, the difference is huge! Especially since we visualize them on a 5K screen that does not forgive anything.
The Lumix GX Vario 12-35mm f2.8 II offers a piqué that lives up to expectations. It’s impossible for us to return to an entry-level lens since we’ve been shooting with it.
This standard Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II zoom lens that every photographer should have with him allows you to get detailed and sharp shots.
Our only regret? Not to have bought it earlier for all the trips we’ve made before! Trying it convinced us to buy the complementary lens, the Lumix GX Vario 35-100 mm f2.8 II.
Panasonic 12-35 mm f2.8 II Photo Gallery
To get an idea, here is our photo gallery of the Lumix 12-35 mm f2.8 II. That is, no photos are retouched, but they are in a reduced resolution so as not to make the page heavier.