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PANASONIC LUMIX G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT PROFESSIONAL LENS, 12-60MM, F2.8-4.0 ASPH., MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, POWER O.I.S., H-ES12060 (USA BLACK)
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- Professional high-quality LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT optics with Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating. (4 ASPH / 2 ED)
- 5X Optical 24-120mm F2.8-4.0 (62mm Filter Tread)
- Durability metal body for various weather conditions (Splash proof / Dustproof / -10C Freeze proof)
- Panasonic POWER O.I.S. compatible with LUMIX Dual I.S. 2.0 LUMIX Mirror less cameras
- Fast focus tracking via a 240 fps linear motor
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|Item Dimensions||7.24 x 4.49 x 4.49 inches|
|Item Weight||1.31 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Zoom|
|Lens Type||Standard zoom|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8-4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||60 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||12 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
Panasonic LUMIX Mirror less Micro Four Thirds lenses deliver a no-compromise approach to optical performance for modern interchangeable camera enthusiasts and professionals. As an optical partner of legendary LEICA Lenses, the LUMIX LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 Lens features the highest standards of detail and sharpness. Built for the outdoors, this professional grade lens features a splash / dustproof / freeze proof design when mounted on a compatible LUMIX G Mirror less camera. Featuring Power O.I.S. optical image stabilization compatibility with 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.0 (Image Stabilization) you'll shoot with unprecedented hand-held stability. Make the switch from bulky DSLRs to the smaller, lighter, more compact Mirror less Micro Four Thirds system cameras and lenses from Panasonic LUMIX. (24-120mm 35mm Camera Lens Equivalent).
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If you are looking for a high quality general puprose zoom for your m43 camera, look no further. This lens is a fine perforrmer everywhere except in the corners at 12mm. Even there, it's ok if you stop down a bit. And if I didn't have the 12-35 f/2.8 lens to compare with, I would have left it at that. However, since I have the 12-35/2.8, making a comparison was inevitable and the 12-35 is a little better, especially at 12mm.
The issue seems to be field curvature because comparing images of a flat subject, shot with both lenses, at the wide end, the 12-60 images appear convex (center is closer than the edges) whereas the 12-35 images are almost flat. With either lens, the barrel distorion is mostly corrected automatically, and with the 12-60 it may be that moving the pixels to correct for distortion afffects corner sharpness at 12mm.
But you probably don't plan on using this lens to photograph flat objects, and if the extreme corners at 12mm are a concern, you're better off not using a zoom in the first place. I doubt anybody will be dissapoined with this lens, but like the 24-120 lenses for full frame cameras, when you try to be both a wide angle and a telephoto, there are compromises. Since I don't want to carry both the 12-35 and the 12-60, I have a difficult decision to make.
In the first few weeks of use, I have been very impressed by the Panasonic-Leica 12-60 f2.8-4 image quality, sharpness, and color rendition. I have been using it on both the Panasonic GX 8 and the OMD EM1 Mark ii. It is nicely balanced on both cameras. Its image stabilization (IS) only works in sync with the newer Panasonic bodies, but not Olympus bodies. Nevertheless, the five-axis stabilization of the new Olympus OMD is outstanding, so I haven’t noticed any issues in using this lens on the Olympus body.
The zoom is silky smooth, the lens is fast focusing, and its construction is very good and weather resistant, although it does not seem to have the more substantial build-quality feel of the Panasonic-Leica f42.5mm Nocticron lens, which is one of my favorites. The f2.8 is also nice to have at its 12 mm length, but it starts creeping up to 3.0 and ultimately 4.0 fairly rapidly when you begin to zoom in closer.
In terms of size, it is nearly comparable to the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 (diameter 70 mm Oly vs. 68 mm Pan-Leica; length 84 mm Oly vs. 86 mm Pan-Leica). Both use a 62 mm filter thread. In terms of weight, the Pana-Leica is only 320 g compared to the Oly 12-40 at 382 g. When compared to the excellent new Olympus 12-100 f4.0 at 561 g, the Pan-Leica is considerable lighter, although without the tele-zoom reach. I considered the new Olympus 12-100 mm, but the Pan-Leica is about $300 cheaper and more compact, with a faster aperture at the wide range. The lens is also purported to be very good for video, although my primary purpose in using it is for stills.
I intend to use this lens particularly for travel purposes and some street photography. Overall, I find it to be a nice compromise between the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 and the Olympus 12-100 f4.0 both in size, range, and price. You won’t regret have any of these lenses, but I am, thus far, pleased with my choice as I am also trying to reduce the total number of lenses I use.
2. The reason I rented this lens was to see if it would be of "good enough" quality to utilize as an all in one travel lens (upcoming trip).
Going back to the above background info, I would love to use my 12-60mm (Olympus) in that it's easily the best quality lens, however I tend to utilize the focus stacking feature these days and this isn't supported for the older 4/3 lens. Thus my routine lens has been the 12-40mm, which is of decent quality, but then the zoom reach is a bit lacking. Thus I recently decided to check out the new Olympus 12-100mm; awesome reach, slower lens but not a big deal to me and my kind of shooting. The problem with that lens is that it's relatively big / heavy and the sharpness (corners) at 12mm is not "good enough" for me.
3. Thus, enter the 12-60mm via Panasonic and here are my brief impressions:
a: Build quality: good.
b: Size: awesome; really compact and light.
c: Image Quality: Unfortunately, definitely the worst in re: corner sharpness of all the above mentioned lens; no question about it. I was actually surprised in that I've owned the Panasonic 12-35mm, 35-100mm and they're both awesome lens.
4. Thus, as with all things, there is no perfect lens. It's going to come down to what your primary goals are. However, if image quality is fairly up there, then you might want to rent this lens and test it out prior to purchase.