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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. This Lens Changes Everything. The New Normal., August 14, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic H-HS12035 LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH X Series Lens (Electronics)
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Yes, there is nirvana. I have been very excited about two new lenses from Panasonic. One of them has been introduced and it is just now becoming available in the US. Amazon had a dealer that discounted the lens so out came my debit card and a little over a thousand dollars later, I ordered it. I have a brand spanking new wonder lens: the Panasonic Lumix X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S. It has not been left off of the camera.

This is the most expensive lens in many many years that I have bought including when I had Canon L lenses. I did not buy the Canon L EF 24-70 f2.8 because it did not have image stabilization (O.I.S.). The L EF 24-105 f4 IS did so I used it a lot. It lived on my Canon 60D. The lens cost less than this beauty. Like both of the Canon's, this lens has weather sealing and is made to a higher standard than their regular lenses. Panasonic choose to brand the lens with their upscale X designation. Unlike the Canons, this lens is much smaller and lighter. It will become one of the lenses that I always carry with me and is left on the camera.

What we have here is a small, lightweight, fast, ruggedized O.I.S. lens. On the my GH2 the lens seems to belong there. It is in diameter about the same as my Lumix 14-140 variable aperture zoom. The weight is about the same too. It fits nicely into my hands and the plastic zoom barrel extends when it is zoomed to 35mm with that magical F2.8 aperture. The main barrel seems like metal. The zoom fells very smooth. Smooth enough to shoot during movies. The lens seems a little big on my Olympus EM-5 but behaves wonderfully with very fast AutoFocus. The lens's balance is very good on both cameras.

I have to say it has ben worth the wait. This lens will get a lot of use by me. Panasonic pulled out all the stops one this one. It is as good as we thought it might be. What more could you ask for? Some are saying the price is to high, but this is a "luxury" lens like the one from the other guys. Their's is much bigger, heavier and expensive. What we got for that expense is a lens that bring MicroFourThirds into the big leagues with it professionalism.
What I have not mentioned is that Panasonic has more magic up their sleeves. When they showed the prototype of this lens they also showed a 35-100mm F2.8. O.I.S. I can't wait. That will be the ideal interview lens. It is to introduced at Photokina this year in Germany.

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