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Panasonic H-HS12035 LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH X Series Lens

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  • Moisture and dust sealed metal body and mount, 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Ultra ED (UED) chromatic aberration reduction glass
  • 4 Aspherical lens elements
  • POWER O.I.S with near silent drive optimized for video and still capture
  • Premium extra-low refractive index Nano Surface Coating (NSC).

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  • all-glass-optical
  • interchangeable-lens
  • zoom

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 74 x 68 x 1 inches ; 10.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00843ERMW
  • Item model number: H-HS12035
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 21, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer




Panasonic H-HS12035 LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH X Series Lens


Photography Pros Appreciate X Vario Technology

The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO camera lens represents the next natural step in design and build for digital interchangeable zoom lenses. A first for the LUMIX G Series, the G VARIO constant with F2.8 zoom is suitable for professionals and enthusiasts alike. You can focus on a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscapes to studio lit portraits. Panasonic’s long time collaboration with LEICA inspired an exclusive X Series design. With the X Series Lenses, LUMIX blends its own unique mix of broadcast video and advanced mirrorless camera technologies into a premium lens line. Featuring professional grade aperture in a compact body, use it in your professional studio photography.

Professional Grade Glass for Great Images in Various Shooting Conditions
XRed

The LUMIX G X VARIO interchangeable lens system is comprised of 14 elements in 9 groups. The UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) glass minimizes chromatic aberration while the UHR (Ultra High Refractive) lens realizes high descriptive performance from corner to corner. Featuring high contrast and resolution within the entire zoom range - the X VARIO lens highlights intricate details that command your attention lending a true-to-life portrait perspective in almost any scene. Advanced Focusing happens because seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractive smooth defocus effect for those out-of-focus areas. Mount it on any LUMIX G body and delight in high-speed Contrast Auto Focus.

Power O.I.S. Minimizes Blur and Enhances Images
Power O.I.S.

By integrating POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), movement, whether slow or fast, is accounted for making your job easier to shoot in those low-lit situations at night or even indoors at a get-together. By adopting an inner focus system, driven by a stepping-in-motion motor, the lens’ superior design provides smooth and near-silent focusing action that is ideal for both picture and video recording.

Constructed to be Light and Durable for your Photo Expeditions
Splash/Dust Proof

This interchangeable lens boasts about how light and compact it really is. As you travel, this zoom lens results in extreme mobility for your busy, on-the-go tour days and travel expeditions. It also protects against nature’s elements, countering moisture and dust with its rubber ring around the lens mount. It is ideal for outdoor photography enthusiasts. And a highly reliable metal mount assures long periods of use. Have fun and travel light.

Nano Surface Coating Reduces Reflection
Nano Surface Coating Premium Lens

With Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating technology, reflections in the entire visual range (380nm-780nm) are minimized giving you a dramatic reduction in glares, flares and ghosting. The result? Unbelievably clear, professional pictures whose superior clarity tells more than a thousand words.

Lens Compatible with All Panasonic LUMIX G Series and Micro 4/3 Cameras
DMC-GH3K Body OnlyDMC-GH3K Body
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 16.05 MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 3-Inch OLED
DMC-G5K Body OnlyDMC-G5K Body Only
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5 16 MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 3-Inch LCD
DMC-GH2K Body OnlyDMC-GH2K Body Only
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 16.05 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera
DMC-GX1KKDMC-GX1KK
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 16 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD Touch Screen; Black, 14-42mm Kit

DMC-G3KW, DMC-G3KBODY, DMC-G3KK, DMC-GH2HK, DMC-GX1KBODY,DMC-GX1SBODY, DMC-GX1XK, DMC-GX1KS, DMC-GX1XS, DMC-GF5XR, DMC-GF5XK, DMC-GF5XW, DMC-GF5KW, PDMC-GF5KK,DMC-GF5KR, DMC-GF3CT, DMC-GF3KR, DMC-GF3KBODY, DMC-GF3XK, DMC-GF3CR, DMC-GF3KW, DMC-GF3KT, DMC-GF3CW,DMC-GF3CK, DMC-GF3KK, DMC-GF2CS, DMC-GF2KK, DMC-GF2CK,DMC-GF2CW, DMC-GF2KS, DMC-GF2CR


Lens Comparison Chart
Lens Construction
18 elements in 13 groups (2 ED lenses,1 UED lens)
14 elements in 9 groups (4 aspherical lenses, 1 UED lens, 1 UHR lens)
15 elements in 11 groups (4 aspherical Lenses, 1 ED Lens)
17 elements in 13 groups (4 aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses)
7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical lenses)
Nano Surface Coating
Yes
Yes
n/a
No (Multi-coated)
No (Multi-coated)
Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Full Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S.
POWER O.I.S.
MEGA O.I.S.
MEGA O.I.S.
No
Focal Length
f=35-100mm (35mm camera equivalent 70-200mm)
f=12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent 24-70mm)
f=14-150mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-300mm)
f=14-140mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-280mm)
f=20mm (35mm camera equivalent 40mm)
Aperture Type
7 Diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
7 Diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
7 Diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
7 Diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
7 Diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum Aperture
F2.8
F2.8
F3.5-5.6
F4.0-5.8
F1.7
Minimum Aperture
F22
F22
F22
F22
F16
Closest Focusing Distance
0.85m / 2.8 ft
0.25m / 0.82 ft
0.50m / 19.7 in at all Focal Lengths
0.50m / 1.64 ft at all focal lengths
0.2m / 0.66 ft
Diagonal Angle of View
34°(W) to 12°(T)
84°(W) to 34°(T)
75°(W) ~ 8.2°(T)
75°(W) ~ 8.8°(T)
57°
Filter Size
58mm / 2.3 in
58mm / 2.3 in
72mm
70mm / 2.76 in
46mm / 1.81 in
Max. Diameter
Approx. 67.4mm / 2.7 in
67.6mm / 2.7 in
78.5mm / 3.09 in
70mm / 2.76 in
63mm / 2.48 in
Overall Length
Approx. 99.9mm / 3.9 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Approx. 73.8mm / 2.9 in (from the top of the lens hood to the base side of the lens mount)
3.56 in
Approx. 84mm / 3.31 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Approx. 25.5mm / 1.00 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight
Approx. 360g / 12.7oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap, lens hood)
Approx. 305g / 10.8oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
1.18 lbs
Approx. 460g / 16.23oz
3.53 oz
Standard Accessories
Lens front cap, Lens rear cap, Lens hood, Lens storage bag
Lens cap, Lens hood, Lens rear cap, Lens storage bag
Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag
Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag
Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag

Product Description

Professional grade X Series 12-35mm, F2.8 zoom lens

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The build quality is great.
Parka
This lens really replaced three prime lenses for me - The Olympus 12mm, Panny 20mm and Panny 25mm.
gatorheadLuis
This lens is expensive but honestly it is one of the best you can buy for the camera.
JOHN RODRIGUEZ

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 16, 2012
I've been waiting for this lens ever since I sold my Canon 17-55 f/2.8 lens a year ago. My wait started before any rumors this lens existed. I always dream for a fast constant aperture lens. It's no longer a dream. This lens is here and better than what I expected.

The build quality is great.

Size is about 3 times the Panasonic 20mm lens. It extends out more during zoom. This is one of the larger lens in the Micro Four Thirds lineup. I uploaded some pictures of the size comparison under 'customer images' above.

It weighs 305g so it's more comfortable on a camera with hand grip - I'm using it on a GH2. It's also weather sealed so it should be difficult for dust and water to get in. Zoom and MF rings are well damped. There's image stabilization.

The lens comes with a lens pouch and petal lens hood.

It's a marvel to get a 24-70mm field of view with a f/2.8 into this size. It's way lighter than the 17-55mm lens from Canon and Nikon that weigh 645g and 755g respectively. Weight is the reason why I sold my Canon lens. I still love Canon's image quality, but I prefer a lighter photography setup.

Image quality is great. Sharpness is reasonably good, best at f/4. There's little discernible fringing at the wide end.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm on June 29, 2012
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Due to the best lineup of lenses and multiple bodies, m43 system is considered the most mature smaller alternative to DSLRs. A big part of it is availability of bright prime lenses 12mm f2, 14mm f2.5, 20mm f1,7, 25mm f1.4, 45mm f2.8 (and upcoming 75mm f1.8) that provide increased light gathering and shallower depth of field on the smaller size sensor. There is a number of good to excellent m43 zooms but none of them is bright, the latest Oly 12-50mm was a huge disappointment in this respect. This compact constant 2.8 aperture zoom starting at 12mm takes m43 system to a new level.

It was planning to upgrade from Panasonic G1 and G3 to Olympus OM-D and use my Pentax lenses on the IBIS body but due to the lack of focus peaking and articulated LCD decided that similarly priced 12-35mm f2.8 would serve me better for now and be a better long term investment (especially for lower than MSRP price and promise to ship on July 26 that popped up at Amazon). All-in-one weather sealed compact traveling companion.

Received a brand new from Panacam in 3 days! The lens build is excellent, feels a bit hefty (heavier than 45mm f2.8 and 25mm f1.4), m.b. it's just a different balance. Silky smooth zooming and focusing, it extends a bit but w/o any play. Sits well on G1 and, surprisingly, on a smallish G3. It seems the weight is concentrated in the glass and the lens plastic body and G3 body are "floating around" this center of the mass, like on controlled tension tripod head. Great low angle shots with shallow depth of field and ability to change POV on the fly.

I don't do video but this should be a terrific video lens for advertising and movie making. Going from longish to wide with constant aperture and shallow DOF w/o need to change lenses/cameras - a dream coming true!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gear Addict on August 13, 2012
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As with all things in photography, the 12-35x is a compromise. A good compromise, but a compromise all the same.

As with all my reviews, I will preface that I am a part time pro photographer. My to kits consists of a 5D Mark II with a stable of L lenses and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 along with the Leica 25 1.4 and the Oly 45 1.8 and now the 12-35 2.8 X.

Pros

-great autofocus speed and accuracy on OM-D, very similar to the Leica 25 1.4

-excellent color and contrast, although not quite as good as the Leica 25 1.4

-useful zoom range, but would prefer slightly longer tele end aka 24-105 FF equivalent

-usefully fast constant aperture

-sharp wide open results, especially at the tele end, almost as good as primes mentioned above

-reasonable close focus distance

-weather-sealed construction to make the most of OM-D and a perfect travell / hiking lens

-Canon L series build quality (really feels like a mini 24-70 L zoom!)

Cons

-2.8 max aperture good for shutter speed / low light / low ISO, but not enough to create really shallow DOF on 4/3rd sensor (really need 1.8 or 1.4 depending on focal length)

-Chromatic Ab., color fringing in highlights, and slightly soft corners wide open ( none of these are unusual though, even on the Canon version and CA and fringing easily corrected in post)

-Cost, although I am sure Panny will sell enough of these to justify the price. At $999 this lens would be a steal, seriously.

Overall impressions

This is a critical lens for the M43 system and really helps make the whole format a viable alternative to pro DSLRs.
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