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Panasonic Lenses

The newest lens to enter the Panasonic Lens line up was also announced at the same time at the Panasonic Lumix G9. We have all of the Panasonic Lens range discounted and available for purchase online or in-store.

The reviews of the G9 often mention the new Panasonic 200mm f2.8 lens as the connection between the two is obvious for the sports and wildlife photgraphers.

As the lens is so new there are very few reviews / introductions to the lens. Note that the 200mm on a 4/3rds body means that you are getting the equivalent of 400mm PLUS the lens comes with a 1.4x teleconverter as a bonus. This video is one of the very first.

The most talked about Panasonic lenses are the 12-35mm f2.8, and the 12-60mm 2.8-4.0 lens. Let's start with the 12-35mm. The Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 is akin to a full frame (such as a Canon or Nikon) at 24-70mm at f/2.8. These Canon and Nikon lenses are expensive at around $2000 and heavy. The Panasonic 12-35mm is about half to a third of the price and relatively light but still pin sharp and f/2.8.

There is now a new version of the 12-35mm and yes it is at a higher price (bummer) but is it worth the upgrade? If you had a choice to buy either version I or II, which one would you buy? Check out this video for his opinion.

OK moving on to the 12-60mm which in Nikon terms is a 24-120mm lens at for the most part of the zoom range, f/4. The price of the 12-60mm is about the same as that of the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II Lens, so why is that? Well you have double the zoom range for starters and the downside if there is one, is that it is essentially a f4 lens. Is it worth it? Well for most of us that just want a walk around lens, the 12-60mm is probably a more versatile / viable buy purely because of the longer reach of the lens. Yes you are sacrificing a stop (for most) but is that really a big deal? I don't think so.

The guy in the next video claims that he wouldn't buy the 12-60mm but that is probably because he already has the 12-35mm. Let's find out.

Now that we have had a look at both the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 and the Panasonic 12-60mm lens, have a look at this video that compares the two out and about.